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The Children's Advocacy Centers of Kentucky receives large federal grants

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Earlier this week, Gov. Andy Beshear, along with the Secretary of the Kentucky Public Safety Cabinet, awarded $750,000 in grants to several organizations.

The organizations support victims of crime in rebuilding and reclaiming their lives.

“We serve over 7,500 children each year,” said Caroline Ruschell, executive director of the Children's Advocacy Centers of Kentucky.

The Children's Advocacy Centers of Kentucky will receive more than $270,000 from the state.

The money, part of the American Rescue Plan Act.

“The award we received will actually impact the entire state. We created a collective application and applied on behalf of all of our 15 Children's Advocacy Center members as Children's Advocacy Centers of Kentucky,” Ruschell said.

The Children's Advocacy Centers of Kentucky primarily responds to reports of abuse.

“We care about safety, we care about the safety of the child, we care about justice. If there was a crime, sometimes there isn't, and if there wasn't a crime, a good interview at a Children's Advocacy Center is one of the best ways to get to the bottom. But we deal with justice when it is needed and then we deal with healing so that they are healed from their abuse,” she added.

According to the center, the money will be used to finance equipment needed at various locations.

“This particular grant was one-time funding and needs to be used for one-time purposes, such as the recording equipment that helps us record forensic interviews and so on, which is also a key part of this,” Ruschell added.

The Justice and Public Safety Cabinet budget includes $10,000,000 in this federal funding to offset reduced funding under the Victims of Crime Act.

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