Five Tuscaloosa nonprofits awarded grant moneyBy Mike Finnegan | 11/30/2016 11:32pm
The Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention awarded $465,000 in grant money to five different Tuscaloosa organizations, one of which was The University of Alabama's Child Development Resources, an extension of the University's College of Human Environmental Sciences. The money comes from The Children's Trust Fund, a state-run pool of money established 1983 under the Alabama's Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Act.
Of all the grant money given to Tuscaloosa organizations, the Child Development Center received $110,000. Forty-thousand dollars was allocated to Baby TALK (Teaching Activities for Learning and Knowledge), a program that educates parents on important aspects of childhood development so that they are able to successful nurture their children at a young age. The remaining $70,000 was given to the Parenting Assistance Line, a toll-free number for any parent in the state of Alabama to call for advice and tips on parenting.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama received $90,000 that will be equally split for school programming and mentoring initiative. Tuscaloosa's One Place got $165,000 for its CHAMPS, Because Every Child Needs a Champion Fatherhood program and No Place Like Home initiatives.
Additionally, the Child Abuse Prevention Services received $65,000 for programs teaching children on how to manage emotions and recognize inappropriate, sexual behavior performed by adults. The last recipient was United Cerebral Palsy of West Alabama, which has been given $35,000 for its program that provides money to families with a special needs child under 19 years of age for respite care.