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Over $1 million donated to local organizations for child abuse and neglect prevention


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention (ADCANP) are joining local and state leaders on Monday, Jan. 30 to present a check in the amount of $1,436,650 to local grantee organizations in Alabama’s third Congressional district.

Founded in 1983, ADCANP, also known as the Children’s Trust Fund, provides annual funding to community-based programs across the state that are dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

This year, the agency awarded a total of 175 grants statewide to a range of prevention efforts, including parent education, home visiting, fatherhood, mentoring, respite care, and community awareness programs.

“The Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention looks forward each year to participating in our annual district check presentations,” said Sallye Longshore, director of ADCANP. “These events provide opportunities to highlight the outstanding work of our agency’s funded programs in each of the state’s seven Congressional districts. These community-based entities implement evidence-based programs to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect in Alabama.”

This check presentation includes 23 grants to local organizations working throughout Alabama’s third Congressional district.

One of the organizations included in the funding is the Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement (SAFE).

Since 1998, SAFE has been the recipient of funding through the Children’s Trust Fund. With the merger of SAFE and FIRST Family in Talladega, ADCANP is funding programs at both locations in the amount of $244,000 that includes parenting education as well as support and juvenile diversion.

According to the 2021 Alabama Kids Count Data Book, there were 48,077 reports of child abuse and neglect in the state. The data also included 11,603 victims that year.

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