Funding for operations
The Sunlight Child Advocacy Center in El Dorado was among the 2016 children's advocacy centers which received grant awards in Kansas.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced more $1 million in grants, funded by state general funds.
The Sunlight CAC received $47,904.
"It really is an incredible grant for us to receive," said Suzi Thien, Sunlight Children's Advocacy and Rights Foundation executive director.
The CAC has been receiving the grant since the fund was created several years ago.
"It is one of the few grants that provides funding for operations and that is so critical," Thien said.
Children’s Advocacy Centers are child-focused, community-oriented programs coordinating investigation and intervention services for abused children by bringing together professionals and agencies through a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary model.
CAC grant awards provide funding to hire and train staff to provide sexual and physical abuse victims with child-sensitive forensic interviews; advocacy services for victims and non-offending caregivers; and coordinate multi-disciplinary case review teams and efforts across systems to enhance services.