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(WHNT) - Knowledge is power, and when it comes to defending children in the court system in Alabama, it’s necessary.  Friday, several state agencies joined forces at Athens State for the state’s tiniest victims.

State Senator Arthur Orr presented a check for $89,000 Friday to Alabama Child Defend to fund their on-line resource center.

Greg Smith with the Alabama Department of Child Abuse, Neglect, and Prevention explains the importance of the site:  “What this website will do, it will be a repository for case law and there will also be peer to peer forum that they can contact other lawyers that work in this field.”

Former Lauderdale County Judge Jimmy Sandlin is leading the Child Defend charge: “Children are very vulnerable citizens but when you bring them into litigation when the litigation involves their parents may times that complicates the matter more severely so what we’re trying to do is improve the quality of representation they receive.”

The hope is with the donation, and the resource it will provide a better defense for children in Alabama’s court system.

“This online resource center that we’re offering thru child defend will give them an opportunity to have access to the best information the kind of info a corporate attorney would have in the litigation… course children don’t have money to pay lawyers.” Sandlin added

The on-line resource will also help judges when dealing with child abuse and neglect cases.  The latest laws and statues will be through the on-line resource center with Child Defend.