Juvenile Justice Focus Groups

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA)  administers federal funds for the US Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.  Because of the CPC's important role in Alabama communities, ADECA has asked stakeholders to participate in focus groups targeting the prevention and rehabilitation of youth involved with the juvenile system.  These meetings will be taking place all around the state.

2017 CPC Conference - Agenda & CEU Information


The Agenda has been set and July 28th is rapidly approaching. We are getting ready to have people from all across our state come together to learn how we can better serve Alabama's children. If you have not already done so, please register as soon as possible. Space is limited and we need your registration by July 17th. Your $35 registration fee will include: parking, CEUs, breakfast, and lunch. You can register by credit card or check HERE.   

For registration, hotel information, conference agenda, and other information please visit our website at the link below. 


There will be CEU's offered through your attendance. Please make sure to select the one you will need during your registration. 
CEU's Offered: 
- Juvenile Probation (4 hours)
- Social Work (4.5 hours)
- Nursing (4.5 hours) 
- Certificate of Attendance (4.5 hours)


For our out-of-town guests, there is a special room rate of $109 + taxes/fees at the host hotel - The Renaissance Hotel & Spa. This rate will expire soon so please book your rooms as quickly as possible to take advantage of this cost savings. Also, as a reminder in case the room block is sold out, state employees receive a special rate of $109 + taxes/fees anytime at the Renaissance.


Last year, our Resource Fair was one of the most popular aspects of the conference. We are excited to make it even better this year! If you are interested in having a booth, please reply to this email with your organization's information. We would love to have you! 

*Conference registration is required for all Resource Fair participants. Your registration fee includes: a booth, parking, CEUs, breakfast, and lunch. 




2017 Children's Policy Conference

This conference will focus on the ongoing efforts of the Children’s Policy Councils of Alabama on both the county and state level. 



Last year, our county CPC members came together and discussed their challenges and were briefed on the new tools and resources designed to help them in their efforts.  Now as a state, we are ready to take our next steps.  Conference presenters will share ways they are making a difference in their areas, information on grant writing and successful community programs you can replicate. 

There will be CEU's offered through your attendance but they are pending approval at this time. We will let you know as soon as they are approved. 

Let’s continue our work to make Alabama a better place for kids. We look forward to seeing you on July 28th!


Children's Policy Councils- Honorable Mentions- October 2016

Hello Children’s Policy Council Leaders,

I want to make you aware of some outstanding things that some of the CPC’s have done or have been recognized for in October 2016. Some of the pictures and news articles are attached.

Lowndes County Children’s Policy Council (Judge Adrian Johnson, Chair) “Character in Action Celebrates Youth” was the title of the newspaper article in the Lowndes Signal that recognized 11 Lowndes county Character in Action student award winners on September 29, 2016. The Character in Action program is sponsored by the Juvenile Court of Lowndes county and it recognizes Lowndes county youth under the age of 18, who make a positive contribution to their home, school or community above and beyond normal. The award ceremony featured speakers; Myaira Coleman, Central High School valedictorian who spoke on character, “attendance in school gets one to the top but character is what keeps you there” and Comission Chairman Carnell McAlpine offered words of encouragement. The students also had dinner and each was awarded a medal of honor.  This was an joyous occasion for students, their parents, the Sheriff and District Attorney. (The News article is attached)

Autauga County Children’s Policy Council (Judge Joy Booth, Chair) On October 3, 2016 the Autauga CPC Health committee hosted a Nutrition and Fitness activity event for 500  3rd and 5th graders at Daniel Pratt Elementary in Prattville, AL.  A nutritionist and a YMCA fitness trainer was onsite to speak to the children about making good food choices, healthy foods vs. non healthy foods, how to make a healthy plate, showed them foods that they should eat for good nutrition and correct portion sizes. The children also did fitness competitions and won prizes for their participation.

In addition, On October 24, 2016 the Autauga CPC Safety Committee hosted a program during Red Ribbon Week promoting child safety, the dangers of drugs, and positive relations with law enforcement. Josh Johnson from WSFA spoke, along with Dean Argo from the ABC Board, and Corporal Thornton with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. The meeting was held at 9 am at the Prattville High School Gymnasium, 900  6th grade students attended from schools across Autauga county; Prattville Intermediate, Marbury Middle, Autaugaville, Billingsley, Prattville Christian Academy, and Autauga Academy. Also in attendance were many Prattville Police Officers, Autauga county Sheriff’s deputies, and other members of the CPC.

Covington County Children’s Policy Council (Retired Judge Frank “Trippy” McGuire, Chair) On October 4, 2016 the Covington CPC held its Workforce Development and Safety forum. Over 75 people traveled from across the state to learn more about how  drugs impact our workforce. “10% of the people in the work place is struggling with an issue” quoted, Sgt. Dale D. Quigley one of the speakers at the forum. Jo McGuire, speaker shared with the group that “Marijuana is the most widely abused drug in America and the most misunderstood”. Alabama ranked #50  in last place as compared to Colorado ranking at #1 for marijuana use among 12 to 17 year olds.

Colbert County Children’s Policy Council (Judge Chad Coker, Chair) The Colbert CPC Health and Safety Committee hosted,” Operation Save Teens,”  drug awareness event on October 19, 2016. There was 150 people in attendance, the audiencewas made up of  teenagers, church youth groups, school leaders, parents, and some law enforcement officers. The speaker, Mike Reese, retired from the Alabama Beverage Control Board. He did a phenomenal job with keeping the audience attention and educating them.  Advocates Mr. and Mrs. Letsinger were in attendance.  They had lost their son, Landon, to an overdose of synthetic marijuana.  Landon’s Law, is named in honor of their son and it has helped to increase efforts to crack down on synthetic drugs in Alabama.   Mrs. Letsinger spoke to the youth about the dangers of drugs, feeling invincible, thinking this cannot happen to me and how using drugs one time can lead to death. Then she shared her son’s moving and emotional story.  Twenty area businesses donated  door prizes .i e. restaurant gift cards, an ENO hammock, and $100 MasterCard Gift card.  Door prizes were given out after the presentation.  A local church and daycare center also provided hotdogs, chips, cookies, and beverages to those in attendance. One of the best things, other than the level of awareness it produced, was how low cost it was to develop.

Sumter County Children’s Policy Council “Children of the Village Network” (Judge Tammy Montgomery, Chair) On October 20 ,2016 the Sumter CPC “Children of the Village Networkhosted a movie day for 36 preschool students. The children enjoyed a wonderful video by PBS Kids, entitled "Daniel Tiger Goes to School" and "Daniel Tiger Big Brother". The videos were educational and fun to watch. The students participated in educational games and activities after the movie. Each student received a Daniel the Tiger T-shirt,  book, cupcake,  photo to share with their family and other trinkets. 

Lauderdale County Children’s Policy Council (Judge Ben Graves, Chair) The Lauderdale CPC hosted a Healthy Relationships Workshop on Friday, October 21, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Riverbend Center for Mental Health. The workshop topics were By Stander Intervention by Dr. Andrea Hunt, The Legal Consequences of Dangerous Relationships by Assistant District Attorney Will Powell, and Human Trafficking by Ms. Patricia McCay. 40 people came out to learn more about these meaningful topics and ways to implement them in their daily lives.

Lawrence County Children’s Policy Council (Judge Angela Terry, Chair) The Lawrence CPC was featured in the Moulton Advertiser newspaper on October 27, 2016 for their luggage drive to benefit children in Lawrence county foster care.  “The SuiteGrace Initiative is what the they are calling the luggage drive because the children in foster care can really use some grace bestowed upon their lives. At this time they have raised enough money to buy luggage and personal items for all 26 of the children who are currently in foster care.  Most of the donations have come from churches, organizations, and individuals who were inspired by the article. The luggage drive will be ongoing. They are planning to buy extra luggage to have on hand to help children that may enter into the foster care system in the future. The suitcases may boost the foster child’s confidence and give them something personal that they will be able to call their own.  (Newspaper article is attached)

Wilcox County Children’s Policy Council (Judge JoCeleste’ Pettway, Chair) On October 30, 2016 the Wilcox CPC hosted their annual Defense fund, National Observance of Children’s Sabbath. The goal of Children’s Sabbath is to bring faith communities together in celebration by holding a community-wide worship service that include educational programs and advocacy activities to engage people of faith in improving the lives of children and families in their communities. The Wilcox CPC had three Children’s Sabbath celebrations; at Star Hope district, Lilly Baptist church, Tri Church fellowship and the Bethel Association that touched the lives of 200 children and adults. Some of the activities and topics that were covered at the special events were Children’s Sabbath awareness, Lollipops for Love, awareness and discussion about issues that are affecting children, (Self- Acceptance)” You are how you are because that is how God made you” Children’s Policy Council awareness, Fun Day activities,  Fellowship on the grounds, snacks, and they were happy to have 7 people from the event to joined and become members of the church.

Etowah County Children’s Policy Council (Judge Joe Nabors, Chair) The Etowah CPC hosted  an annual Fall Fest for Even start's children ages birth to 5 on Halloween Day, October 31, 2016 . The event was held at the Jack Gaston Coliseum from 9 am to 11 am. The CPC provided games, activities and prizes for 12 families. They had a balloon artist onsite that had made balloon animal designs for the children.

USDA Seeks Applications for Next Round of Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program Grants

Up to $16.7 Million Available to Help Low-Income Families Purchase Healthy Produce

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of up to $16.7 million in competitive grant funding to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by families and households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The funding will be awarded to eligible nonprofits and governmental organizations through the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program, administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. 

“Recent data shows that 2015 marked the lowest figures on record for food insecurity among children—a major achievement in our country's efforts to ensure every child has a safer, healthier future filled with unlimited opportunity. In addition, last year 7.9 million fewer people were struggling to provide adequate food for themselves or household members than when President Obama took office in the midst of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “We must continue to invest in initiatives like the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive, which are maximizing SNAP recipients’ access to healthy foods and are playing a major role in winning this battle against hunger.” 

FINI is a joint program between NIFA and USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, which oversees SNAP and is responsible for evaluating the impact of the variety of types of incentive programs being deployed by FINI grantees. The program brings together stakeholders from different parts of the national food system to improve the nutrition and health status of SNAP households. Since 2015, NIFA has invested $48.3 million to support the work of 58 organizations in 33 states and the District of Columbia through FINI. 

Applications may be submitted by eligible government agencies and nonprofit organizations in three categories: pilot projects requesting less than $100,000 over one year, multi-year community-based projects requesting less than $500,000 over no more than four years, and multi-year large-scale projects requesting $500,000 or more over no more than four years. All FINI projects must operate through authorized SNAP retailers and agree to participate in the FINI comprehensive program evaluation.

 Priority is given for projects that

  • maximize the share of funds used for direct incentives to participants,
  • test innovative or promising strategies that will contribute to a better understanding of how best to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by SNAP participants,
  • develop innovative or improved benefit redemption systems that may be replicated or scaled,
  • demonstrate a track record of designing and implementing successful nutrition incentive programs to connect low-income consumers and agricultural producers,
  • provide locally or regionally produced fruits and vegetables, especially culturally-appropriate fruits and vegetables for the target households, and
  • work with underserved communities, particularly in Promise Zones and StrikeForce communities. 

Applications are due by Dec. 12, 2016. See the request for applications for more details. 

NIFA will host a free informational webinar for interested applicants on Nov. 3, 2016 at 2:00 p.m., EDT. An archived version will be available on NIFA’s FINI webpage following the webinar. 

Two previously-funded projects include Market Umbrella in New Orleans and Heritage Ranch, Inc., in Honaunau, Hawaii. Market Umbrella is increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables for low-income New Orleans residents through the initiation of SNAP incentive programs in a locally- and minority-owned grocery store (Circle Foods) and year-round expansion of incentives at four Crescent City Farmers Markets. Heritage Ranch is testing a new SNAP fresh food incentive project called Buy One Fresh/Get One Local, where each dollar a SNAP user spends on fresh fruit and vegetables is matched with coupons to purchase an equivalent value of local fresh fruits and vegetables from their grocer, grower at a farmers' market or Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) food box. 

Abstinence Education Grant Opportunity

This is to inform you of a grant opportunity through the Alabama Department of Public Health, Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Branch (APPB). Funding is through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. The Request for Proposals (RFP) is available on our website at: http://adph.org/teenpregnancyprevention/Default.asp?id=1206. Details are available within the RFP. The funding is for community-based organizations to deliver Relationship Smarts Plus programming to youth aged 12 to 15 in school or community-based settings. This grant requires match funding. The due date for this proposal is October 24, 2016, no later than 3:00 p.m. (CST). 

Please direct all questions to me or Sandy Powell (334-206-5050 or Sandy.Powell@adph.state.al.us).

Children's Policy Councils Honorable Mentions- September 2016

Hello Children’s Policy Council Leaders,

I want to make you aware of some outstanding things that some of the CPC’s have done or have been recognized for in September 2016.

The Autauga County Children’s Policy Council (Judge Joy Booth, Chair) in an effort to increase early childhood literacy, in August they did a children’s book drive to benefit Head Start and Pre-K early education programs in their county. Over 600 books were collected from citizens that lived in the community. The books were presented to the students on September 8, 2016. See the picture with Judge Booth and some of the students.

Etowah County Children’s Policy Council (Judge Joe Nabors, Chair) On September 14, 2016 the CPC hosted a statewide Kids in Dangerous Situations workshop in Gadsden where 100 people from across the state attended to learn about how drugs affect the adolscent brain ( Angela Camp, Bradford), Weeding out the facts on Marijuana (Dr. Shannon Murphy, Pediatrician), Teaching youth to Communicate Effectively with their peers (Dr Andrea Hunt, University of North Alabama) and Human Trafficking in our Backyard (Tajuan McCarty,The Well house)The event was sponsored by Alabama Power and Buffalo Rock

Sumter County Children’s Policy Council “ Children of the Village Network” (Judge Tammy Montgmery, Chair) On September 15, 2016 Judge Montgmery was the first women to be awarded the Alabama Bar Association, Susan Beville Leadership award for all of the community service work that she and the CPC does in an effort to improve the lives of children and families. Such as; durable medical equipment drives, food drives, literacy awareness days, book donations to school librares, Dr. Suess Read Across America, high school scholarship opportunities for seniors through finacial support from civic and community organziations, prevention against bullying through the Fairy Tale Mock trial and collection of personal care items for women who live in domestic violence shelters. Pictures from some of their activities are attached to this email.

Dallas County Children’s Policy Council (Judge Bob Armstrong, Chair) The Dallas CPC has established many programs to address issues that directly impact the well-being of the entire family; last week they were awarded the Drug Free Communities grant ($125,000 for 5 years) This award will help them to further build on the great work they are doing and to develop substance abuse prevention programs that can be life changing for the future generation of Selma and Dallas County.

Upcoming Project

Lawrence County Children’s Policy Council (Judge Angela Terry, Chair) At last week’s CPC meeting, the members agreed to work on a Luggage Drive project to help 29 children who are in Foster Care to have their own luggage to put their clothes in as they are moving from place to place. Often times their clothes are moved around in trash bags. The CPC will also include in the luggage personal care items and a$10 dontation.

I will begin sharing CPC honorable mentions monthly, if you have something that you would like for me to share with my CPC network let me know.

Thank you for all you do and keep the good work!

My best,

Liletta M. Jenkins

State Manager, Alabama Children’s Policy Councils - Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education


Turning the Corner for Children Conference

"Making Alabama a Better Place for Children"

Friday, August 12th from 8:00 – 3:30 pm

Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa At The Convention Center

This conference will focus on the ongoing efforts of the Children’s Policy Councils of Alabama on both the county and state level.  The county councils each year evaluate what children’s and families’ needs are and then work to develop programs designed to meet their goal of increasing the overall well-being of our smallest citizens. 

As budgets grow leaner, we must evaluate and replicate efforts that are working in various areas of the state.  Many times, county leaders and policymakers are unaware of what may or may not be working in other counties to help meet children’s needs.  This conference will be an opportunity to share ideas with each other so we can go back to the local level and better continue our efforts to make this state a place where all children can thrive.

There will be CEU's offered through your attendance. Please note your CEU preference when completing your registration.  We look forward to seeing you on August 12th!

CEU’s Offered: 
- Nursing (4.5 hours)
- Juvenile Probation (4.5 hours)
- Social Work (4.5 hours)
- Certificate of Attendance (4.5 hours)

Grant Funding Available for Summer/After School Feeding Programs

An opportunity is available to cities in Alabama for funding to help expand their summer/after school feeding programs.  The RFP has been released and the deadline is July 15th.  

FRAC & NLC launch CHAMPS grant in Alabama, California, and Kansas

With support from the Walmart Foundation, the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and National League of Cities (NLC) are launching a fourth round of CHAMPS (Cities Combating Hunger through Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs). Through CHAMPS, NLC and FRAC have worked with cities across the country to develop and implement strategies for elected city officials and city agencies to increase children’s access to healthy meals through the federally funded Summer and Afterschool Meal Programs.

This round of CHAMPS seeks to work with cities on a state-based approach in partnership with local anti-hunger organizations and state municipal leagues. The cities in three states – Alabama, California, and Kansas – will work to increase participation in both the Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs by providing meals to over 30,000 additional children.

To be eligible to apply for grant funding and technical assistance, you must work within a city agency in Alabama, California, or Kansas. Grants from $5,000 to $40,000 are available for cities that demonstrate a strong commitment to launch or expand local efforts to provide afterschool and summer meals utilizing the federal nutrition programs. The project’s grant period will run from June 2016 - December 2017.

Follow this link to sign-up and access the RFP (due July 15th). If you have questions or would like more information, contact Jamie Nash at nash@nlc.org or (202) 626-3160.