State Rep. Mary Littleton secures $5 million for Children’s Advocacy Centers of Tennessee


Littleton has passed numerous pieces of legislation that provide greater protections for victims of abuse and human trafficking.


State Rep. Mary Littleton has secured $5 million in state funding for the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Tennessee to support operations and services for child abuse victims.


The Children’s Advocacy Centers of Tennessee is a statewide membership organization dedicated to helping communities, through local child advocacy centers, respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective, efficient and put the needs of child victims first.


The funding will be used to support various roles and programs such as mental health initiatives, forensic interviews, prevention coordinators, victim advocates, child protective investigate team coordinators and general operations.


“I was proud to support this investment to ensure that child abuse victims and their families continue to have access to the support they need in our state,” Littleton said. “I am grateful for the life-changing services provided by the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Tennessee, and I appreciate my colleagues in the General Assembly for their support of this worthy cause.”


There are more than 50 Child Advocacy Centers across Tennessee. Last year, the centers provided services to more than 20,000 children, including 10,081 forensic interviews, 9,041 case reviews, 26,616 mental health sessions, 1,044 medical exams and 17,239 advocacy services.


The appropriated funds are part of a $52.8 billion balanced budget passed by the Tennessee General Assembly in April. Republican priorities included making significant investments in education, public safety, health care, infrastructure and economic development while also providing $300 million in tax cuts for Tennesseans.