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Child advocacy centers pushing for "Champion for Children" tax credits

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

Recently renewed tax credits are now in place to help Missouri food pantries. Local child advocacy agencies are hoping for the same kind of boost to be passed in their favor.

The Child in Crisis Tax Credit expired in August. Dave Dexheimer, Director of Hannibal's Douglass Community Services, says the credit helped bring in $10,000-$12,000 a year in donations from the Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA, program.

He says the newly approved "Champion for Children tax credit" will hopefully draw in more donors to support kids who have been abused or neglected. 

It would give donors a 50 percent tax credit on the contribution.

"These funds just continue to help us provide a quality service. And recruit and train more volunteers to meet the needs," Dexheimer said. "Because right now we're not even able to meet all the needs of this judicial circuit."

The charitable tax credit has been passed by the Missouri legislature and is now on Governor Jay Nixon's desk.

It would give donors a 50 percent tax credit on the contribution.

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