Cramer Center gets $291,800 grant


A north Alabama center that assists child abuse victims in six counties will continue to provide services with the help of a $291,800 grant awarded by Gov. Robert Bentley.

Funds will help Cramer Children’s Center, also known as the Child Advocacy Center, provide free assistance to victims and their families. The center offers services to help mend mental and physical scars for abuse victims Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Marion and Winston counties while helping to prosecute offenders.

“Child victims and their families face a tremendous ordeal when trying to overcome abusive situations,” Bentley said. “I commend the staff and volunteers at Cramer Children’s Center for caring about these victims and providing these needed services.”

Cramer Children’s Center responds with the first report of abuse and remains with families throughout the healing process and the entire judicial procedure to prosecute offenders. The center ensures that victims who are forced to escape abusive situations have adequate housing, food and clothing.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available by the U.S. Justice Department.

“ADECA’s local partnerships with organizations like Cramer Children’s Center ensures that victims are not alone in their ordeal and their struggle to overcome these adversities,” ADECA Director Jim Byard Jr. said.

ADECA administers an array of programs supporting law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, workforce development, water resource management and recreation development.

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