Family Visitation Center has been awarded a $226,173 federal grant that will help maintain existing operations and expand services for the victims of domestic violence, child abuse and sexual abused, said Fred Foreman, chief judge of the 19th circuit. The center, which opened in October 2010, is the only court-affiliated supervised visitation and exchange center to support families in Lake County. The grant will be disbursed over a 36-month period. The funding will provide more hours to allow the program to serve more families, reduce the number of people on waiting lists as referrals continue to grow, and eventually allow the hiring of additional part-time facilitators. Through the proposed project, more than 1,100 supervised visitations will be provided to Lake County families in a single year, officials said. The center is at 541 N. Lake St., Mundelein.Copyright © 2013 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.