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County Commissioners Approve for Child Advocacy Center

By Staff | Jun 3, 2015

Melody Glasscock, Executive Director of the Wetzel-Tyler Child Advocacy Center appeared before the Tyler County Commissioners on May 26, to request additional funding to help the center reach their goal for matching funding for state grant money.

Glasscock, thanked the commissioners for their commitment in helping further the mission of the Wetzel/Tyler Child Advocacy Center, Inc. She said in the past year “we have reached milestones that were once just a dream for the children and families we serve.” The WYCAC became a nationally recognized and accredited CAC in June 2014.

“Since then, we have added on site family advocacy and forensic interview services. Beginning in July, 2015 we will be adding on-site mental health services,” she said.

She said, new requirements set forth by the WVCAN and the WV Division of Justice and Community Services, their state grant can’t be more than 56 percent of the budget. She said what that means is their center must provide almost $43,000 as matching funds. “Part of this match will come from other grant requests and the rest will be raised through local fundraisers and direct requests for support such as this.”

“I am requesting $8,000 from the Tyler County Commission,” she said.

She also added,every penny that the CAC spends directly benefits child victims, their families, and the team of professionals that responds to these cases. Glasscock added they have a goal to offer a comprehensive training for all disciplines that respond child maltreatment, child sexual abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse, and child sex trafficking while minimizing the expense on agencies and organizations for their personnel to attend.

“I am pleased to update you on the progress of our center and to make this request. Should you be able to help the center, you will be contributing more than just money. You will be a major partner in providing a compassionate environment for child victims of maltreatment and their non-offending caregivers,” she said.

Commissioners, after listening to Glasscock, received a motion from Commissioner Charles Smith to approve the request for the $8,000 funding. The motion was approved unanimously. Commissioners noted they would include it in the next fiscal years budget, starting July 1, 2015.