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The grant was approved by Congress last year, and Wednesday October 21st, Southwest Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt delivered the check to a Springfield agency dedicated to helping abused children. Mike Smith has the story:
When children are abused or sexually assaulted, they sometimes find it difficult to communicate or otherwise describe to investigators the nature of the incident or incidents of abuse. Increasingly, area law enforcement officials are relying on the staff at the Springfield child Advocacy Center to discuss with victims, the nature of the trumatic event that occured. The Center got a big boost in funding its work when 7th District Congressman Roy Blunt delivered a grant of nearly $100,000 to the facility which according to Assistant Director Tifany Wells, provides a child friendly environment that helps encourage young victims to talk
about their abuse.
The actual amount of the grant is $99,410. Congressman Blunt says the $590 deducted from the original appropriation represents what in Congressional parlance is called a haircut.
In other words, all such grants and other appropriations requested in last years budget talks were cut a certain percentage to help balance the appropriations bill.
A staff of 10 operates the Child Advocacy Center at 1033 East walnut. 51% of the children served at the center are from Greene County. The rest come from 18 other counties in Southwest Missouri. For information, 417-831-2327.
For KSMU News, I'm Mike Smith.