(Harrisburg) -- A midstate educational organization is among nine groups statewide sharing a little more than one million dollars in grants to prevent child abuse.
The Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit will get $120,000 from the Pennsylvania Chilren's Trust Fund, which is dedicated to funding programs aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect.
The grants overseen by the state Department of Public Welfare are to be used for programs teaching young parents how to raise their kids in safe, attentive homes.
DPW spokeswoman Donna Kirker Morgan says the funding is aimed at preventing abuse before it starts.
"They will look at families and try to develop, especially with young parents, to teach them parenting skills, how to keep families together and better cooperation in that family unit, which is so critical when it comes to our children," Kirker Morgan says.
Money for the Children's Trust Fund comes from a ten-dollar surcharge on all marriage and divorce applications filed in the commonwealth.
It's awarded more than $33 million to 262 organizations statewide since it started in 1988.
A list of grant recipients is below. The grants cover the period of Nov. 1, 2012, through Oct. 31, 2015.
1. Butler County – Family Pathways, $120,000
2. Delaware County – PA Pathways, $120,000
3. Indiana/Armstrong County – ARIN Intermediate Unit #28, $120,000
4. Lancaster County – Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit, $120,000
5. Montgomery County – Pottstown Family Center, $120,000
6. Philadelphia County – Einstein Healthcare Network, $119,999
7. Snyder/Union County -- Union-Snyder Community Action Agency, $120,000
8. Somerset County – Community Action for Somerset County Partnership, $120,000
9. Washington/Greene County – Community Action Southwest, $120,000
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