FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Maria P. Donatucci
Donatucci welcomes word of child abuse prevent grants
HARRISBURG, Jan. 9 – State Rep. Maria P. Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, today said she is pleased that the Department of Public Welfare has released grants intended to help local authorities contend with child abuse.
The DPW last week announced that more than $1.5 million in grants have been awarded through the Children’s Trust Fund to 13 community organizations across the commonwealth, four of them in Philadelphia.
The four city organizations receiving grant awards:
Congreso de Latinos Unidos -- $120,000
Maternity Care Coalition -- $120,000
Resources for Human Development, Inc. -- $120,000
Turning Points for Children -- $120,000
The awards were based on each organization’s research-based approaches to child abuse and neglect prevention among pregnant teens, teenage parents, young adults and care-givers.
Money for the fund is provided by a $10 surcharge on marriage and divorce applications.
Since it was created in 1988, the Children’s Trust Fund has generated nearly $40 million in grants for child abuse and neglect prevention programs.
“I am glad to see that this funding is guaranteed and not subject the annual budget process,” said Donatucci. “As the headlines point out each day, there is still so much more that needs to be done to protect innocent children from being victimized.”