Eight counties are receiving grants from the Indiana Supreme Court to address the needs of families with multiple court cases.
The high court announced Friday that the eight counties will receive a total $74,000 in grants, with amounts ranging from $2,000 to $19,000. Money can be used for numerous programs such as information sharing, facilitation and pre-trial conferencing, or affordable alternative dispute resolution. The funding is considered “seed money” and courts are expected to eventually become self-funding.
Grant recipients are: Allen County $14,000, Lake County $11,000, LaPorte County $8,000, Owen County $2,000, Putnam County $2,000, St. Joseph County $19,000, Tippecanoe County $9,000, and Vigo County $9,000.
This money is funneled through the Indiana Family Court Project, which began in 1999 and now entails 23 counties with family courts receiving more than $1 million in grants since the start.