Snyder: Grants to fund services, advocacy for abuse victims in Greene, Fayette and Washington counties

HARRISBURG, Dec. 13 – Two Child Advocacy Centers located in Fayette and Washington counties today each were awarded the maximum $47,000 in state funding by the Child Advocacy Board of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, according to state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington.

“I’m excited to announce funding that will play a crucial role in helping the commonwealth further protect at-risk children in our community,” Snyder said. “Sexual abuse is no laughing matter, especially when children are involved. So, it’s reassuring to know that these centers, which continue to serve as a safety net for at-risk children, have received the proper funding needed so that they can help as many children as possible.”

The funding will be used to provide continued access to high-quality services for suspected child abuse victims. Funding also will be used to support the positions of forensic interviewer, outreach liaison and intake coordinator.

The grant money comes from the Children’s Advocacy Center Funds through Act 28 of 2014, which highlighted the importance of Children’s Advocacy Centers and established a dedicated funding stream for CACs and training of mandated reporters. Centers were eligible to receive up to $47,000.

Sto-Rox Neighborhood Health Council Inc. requested the funding for the Fayette and Washington CACs. In addition to helping children from those counties, both centers provide services to Greene County children.