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W.Va. awards Marion County nonprofit largest grant to date

By EddieTrizzino Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — The Marion County Child Advocacy Center has received a $81,247 grant from the state.

For about 10 years now, funding from the state has helped to keep the child-centered nonprofit up and running. The new grant – the biggest amount granted from the state ­– will allow the center to provide a safe place in Marion County for children who are victims of sexual and physical abuse.

“That’s steadily increased a little bit over the years,” said Michael Baker, executive director of the Marion County CAC. “It’s a key to continuing the Child Advocacy Centers around the state. It’s key to be able to have funding to operate.”

According to a press release from the office of Gov. Jim Justice, the state awarded $2,149,670 to 22 Child Advocacy Centers across West Virginia to address the growing problem of child abuse and neglect. The funding helps to maintain operating costs for tasks including investigations, treatment and prosecution of child abuse cases by providing services such as advocacy, education, forensic interviews, evaluations and referrals. ….

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