Madden secures over $46,000 in child advocacy grant for Monroe County

STROUDSBURG, Dec. 12 – The Children’s Advocacy of Monroe County was awarded $46,939 to enhance and expand child-related services within Monroe County and the surrounding counties, state Rep. Maureen Madden announced today.

“Monroe County needs this type of funding to oversee the day-to-day activities at the child advocacy center,” said Madden, D-Monroe. “Centers like this are an integral part of our community development, especially when children are involved in the healing and recovery efforts.”

Funding also will be used to support the salary of an executive director, an intake/administrative assistant and other operating needs.

A goal of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency is to increase the number of children served by child advocacy centers in Pennsylvania, increase the number of under resourced, geographically isolated, rural and /or underserved communities. Also, CCD centers seek to improve the quality of joint investigations, forensic interviews, expert medical evaluations and trauma-informed mental health interventions provided to help child abuse victims.

73 grants from six different categories totaling $5.7 million were awarded by the Children’s Advocacy Center Advisory Committee across the state. Money for grant is awarded through Act 28 of 2014 and through a portion of the NCAA’s penalty money resulting from the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal to aid the victims of child sex abuse in the state.