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3:30 am
Mon December 9, 2013

$1.5 Million Goes to Organizations Fighting Child Abuse in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare has announced the 2013 grantees of Children’s Trust Fund grants. $1.5 million dollars will be divvied up to 13 organizations across the state.

“These are grants that are awarded to organizations to focus on strengthening families and building protective factors and resiliency within parents, caregivers and children in order to prevent child abuse and neglect,” said Theresa Campisi, family support program manager with DPW.

PA Children’s Trust Fund investments focus their program on primary and/or secondary child abuse and neglect prevention. Primary and secondary prevention services are those that prevent the first occurrence of child abuse and neglect. Such services are geared toward the general public or to families who are considered at-risk of abuse.

“The money that is given to grantees is given over a three-year period,” Campisi said. “With that money they are able to implement different child abuse and neglect prevention services within their organization and that is what they’re expected to do with that money.”

Three of the 2013 grantees are in Allegheny County.

“There’s Every Child Inc., Family Services of Western Pennsylvania and Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh,” Campisi said.

In total, the agencies in Allegheny County are receiving $351,771. Other grantees include Beginnings Inc. in Cambria County which will get $120,000 and Children’s Aid Society in Clearfield County which will also get $120,000.