Indiana's Kids First Trust Fund Board announced a $500,000 award to Healthy Families Indiana (HFI) during its last meeting.
When matched dollar-per-dollar by the HFI agencies, this award will result in a $1 million influx of funding for programs that are designed to strengthen families by preventing child abuse and neglect, childhood health problems and juvenile delinquency.
Individual Healthy Families Indiana agencies will receive awards based on the annual number of live births and the number of children living in poverty per county.
Hamilton Center's Healthy Families Program, which services Sullivan, Vermillion, Vigo and Greene counties, is scheduled to receive $15,285.
The funds are available through Aug. 31, 2011, to promote a wide variety of home visitation services for at-risk families.
Agencies will receive their award upon meeting the matching requirement.
The Kids First Trust Fund, supported primarily through the sales of "KIDS First" license plates, sponsors programs across the state focusing on child development, access to health care and parenting classes for families with children prenatal to age 3.
Additional information about the Kids First Trust Fund, purchasing a KIDS First license plate or donating to programs designed to prevent child abuse and neglect is available at http://www.in.gov/dcs.
For more information about Hamilton Center, Inc., visit www.hamiltoncenter.org.