HARRISBURG - Community Action Southwest has been awarded a $120,000 state grant to help enhance child abuse and neglect prevention programs and outreach efforts in Washington and Greene counties.
The grant was awarded through Pennsylvania's Children's Trust Fund, which is administered by the state Department of Public Welfare's Office of Child Development and Early Learning.
"The impacts of child abuse and neglect can cost families, schools, service providers and others tens of thousands of dollars both immediately and later on in life," said 48th District Rep. Brandon Neuman, D-Washington. "And, of course, the emotional, physical and behavioral costs of abuse and neglect on a child are incalculable. That's why the best way to combat child abuse and neglect is to prevent it from happening in the first place. That is exactly what Children's Trust Fund grants are aimed at."
Grant recipients such as Community Action Southwest will use evidence- and research-based methods to provide comprehensive support services to pregnant and parenting teens and young adults, helping young parents learn how to build a nurturing environment for their children and a strong family relationship, reducing the incidence of child abuse.
The grant for Community Action Southwest covers the period from Nov. 1 through Oct. 31, 2015.
The Children's Trust Fund was created in 1988 and is funded through revenue generated from a surcharge on all marriage and divorce applications filed in Pennsylvania.
To date, the fund has awarded more than $33 million to 262 organizations across the state.
More information on Community Action Southwest, its programs and services is available at www.caswg.org.