|BAR FOUNDATION GRANT
The Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors has awarded a grant to Child Protect of Mercer County to provide forensic interviews in court cases involving abused and neglected children.
Pictured above at the Child Protect offices in Princeton are, from left to right, Staff Member David King, Executive Director Shiloh Woodard, Bar Foundation Board Member John Shott and Board President Patty Flanagan.
Executive Director Woodard stated that “Child Protect provides free services to over 250 children in Mercer County each year. The majority of the children we serve are under the age of 6- barely old enough to attend school. We are blessed with a diversified funding base to enable us to offer a robust array of services to all of the children who come through our doors: forensic interviews, free on-site therapy services, advocacy and support, court preparation when children are subpoenaed to court, and basic needs provisions. We are the only Child Advocacy Center in WV that also has law enforcement co-located on-site at our center: a State Trooper with the specialized Crimes Against Children Unit is housed at our CAD.”
This important grant is the 44th Bar Foundation grant presented to improve the administration of justice and the provision of legal services since 2004, with grants and commitments totaling more than $250,000 in the past decade.
Incidentally, back in 2004, the second Bar Foundation grant ever made was to ChildLaw Services, a sister agency to the Child Protect program, both of which were founded by Family Court Judge and Bar Foundation Fellow Mary Ellen Griffith before she became a member of the judiciary.
Keep up your good work, Child Protect of Mercer County!