Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced on Monday that three Dodge City organizations are being awarded more than $50,000 in grants.

The grants, according to Schmidt, are to provide services for victims of crime.

The grants were award to Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, Crisis Center of Dodge City and Meadowlark House of Dodge City.

CASA received a $9,000 grant to provide services for abused and neglected children in the 16th Judicial District court.

The Crisis Center has received a $29,931 grant to provide advocacy, resources, awareness, education and a safe environment for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, their dependents and the community.

Meadowlark House received a $11,809 grant to provide essential advocacy services for children referred through law enforcement or the Kansas Department for Children and Families with allegations of abuse.

"Organizations across Kansas do great work every day to support victims of crime," Schmidt said in a news release. "We are proud to support these organizations through the victims services grant programs."

The awards were made from the Protection from Abuse Fund and the State Crime Victims’ Assistance Fund for Child Abuse and Neglect.

According to Crisis Center of Dodge City executive director Tammie West, the Crisis Center will use the grant for administrative costs.

"We appreciate the opportunity to partner with the OAG through the CVAF-CA grant award," said Dodge City CASA executive director Kristin Hines. "Our award supports our efforts to recruit, train and support Court Appointed Special Advocates volunteers for local abused and neglected children in court.

"Funds also support our efforts to raise awareness of ways to strengthen families through the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign during National Child Abuse Prevention month in April.

"A CASA volunteer training class will start the end of September, we invite those interested to learn more by contacting 620-225-1278 or kansascasa.org."

The Protection from Abuse Fund is funded by State General Fund appropriations, marriage license fees, county court costs and municipal court assessments.

The State Crime Victims’ Assistance Fund for Child Abuse and Neglect is funded through county court costs, municipal court assessments and State General Fund appropriations.

The attorney general’s office has awarded more than $2.5 million in grants to local and state crime victim assistance organizations this year.

For more information visit, www.ag.ks.gov.


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