In December, the Blount County Children’s Center was notified they were the recipient of an $83K grant issued by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. The grant money will allow the Victim’s Services Program of the Blount County Children’s Center to continue providing specialized, trauma-focused therapy to Blount County crime victims, with a large majority of services provided to child abuse victims.
The center relies heavily each year on these funds provided from the Victims of Crime Act. The dollars allow the center to provide services such as forensic interviews of child victims or assistance to victims and caregivers while they work with the criminal justice system. According to BCCC executive director Jim Ed Clayton, the center had 205 new cases they helped investigate last year.
Although the center has received this grant for the last 30 years, Clayton said the center continues to be thankful for the grant. He specifically thanked Gov. Kay Ivey, ADECA director Kenneth Boswell, and Rep. David Standridge for their support in securing these funds. It is important to note that money for this grant is generated from fines paid by federal criminals to aid crime victims. None of the money is generated from taxpayer dollars.