Coons seeks funds for Children's Advocacy Centers

By Associated Press 1:42pm, April 26, 2013
Sen. Chris Coons (WDEL File)
Sen. Coons is urging fellow lawmakers to appropriate $20 million for centers that coordinate investigations and intervention services in child abuse cases.

President Obama's proposed budget for 2014 includes no money for the Victims of Child Abuse Act program, which provides federal funds for some 750 Children's Advocacy Centers nationwide, including three in Delaware.

Obama's proposed budget for the current year also included no funding for the centers, but Congress nevertheless appropriated the money.

Coons and 30 other senators sent a letter to leaders of a Senate subcommittee Friday asking for $20 million in funding for the centers.

Coons visited the Children's Advocacy Center in Dover on Friday. Officials say some $80,000 in funding for Delaware's CAC program is at risk without congressional action.

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