SARASOTA, FL – All Faiths Food Bank recently supplied Safe Children Coalition with 100 BackPacks filled with healthy food and nutritious snacks for children in the state care system, to be distributed through Safe Children Coalition (SCC) Emergency Response and Assessment Team counselors and intervention programs. These SCC programs work with families that have current or recent Child Protective Services/Department of Children and Families investigations in order to connect them to community supports, with the ultimate goal of children being able to remain safely in their homes.
SCC’s counselors work together with investigators to determine the needs of the families and connect them directly to providers such as mental health, parenting, substance abuse programs, domestic violence programs, anger management, and others. They also assist families with getting tangible items such as food, furniture, clothing, pest/bug treatments, cleaning supplies and more.
In the 2019-2020 fiscal year, SCC’s Prevention and Diversion programs served 1,044 children in the previous fiscal year through Family Support and 1,127 through Safety Management; the numbers for 2020-2021 already look to be higher than the previous year.
For more about Safe Children Coalition, visit sccfl.org.
About Safe Children Coalition, Inc.
Safe Children Coalition, Inc. (SCC) serves as the lead agency for community-based care for Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties. SCC is a collaboration between local community agencies who provide services to children and families in need. SCC is committed to protecting children, strengthening families, and building community. The core functions provided by SCC include child welfare case management, foster care, adoption, independent living, prevention, diversion, quality management, and support services. Visit sccfl.org or call 941-371-4799.