The funding for the Berrien County Council on Children is complicated—but it is working to ensure that we can continue to offer such critically needed services absolutely free of charge.
We receive federal funds through two sources: The Crime Victims Fund and the National Children’s Alliance.
The Crime Victims Fund was established through the Victims of Crimes Act (VOCA) of 1984 and funds victims of crime throughout the nation. Every year, millions of dollars are deposited into this fund from criminal fines, forfeited bail bonds, penalty fees, and special assessments collected by the Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Courts and U.S. Attorney’s offices. Because these dollars come from offenders who have been convicted of Federal crimes—not from taxpayers—the amount of dollars in the fund fluctuates annually. Nevertheless, VOCA has been a consistent funding source for the BCCC.
The National Children’s Alliance is a professional membership organization that administers to CACs over $9 million annually in federal funds through a cooperative agreement with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Funding from the state of Michigan used to support nearly all of the Children’s Assessment Center’s services flows from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Domestic Violence and Treatment Board. In 1982, the Michigan Legislature also established the Children’s Trust Fund to fund effective local initiatives that promote the health, safety, and welfare of Michigan children. Funds from this source support the prevention services offered by the BCCC.
We’ve said it before, but we can’t say it enough —Thank you so much to the foundations, corporations, organizations and individuals who contribute to the BCCC.
Berrien Community Foundation
Hanson Family Foundation
McLoughlin Family Foundation
The Pokagon Fund
Hundreds of individuals donate their time and resources to the BCCC. We are especially honored to recognize our donors publicly at our facility for their contribution to our successful capital campaign that has raised nearly $1 million. Thanks to their generosity, we are able to provide services in a child-oriented, appropriately designed facility that provides for confidentiality, group sessions, courtroom preparation, play therapy and so much more. Look for the names of our wonderful donors when you tour our facility.