The Child Protection Center, Inc. (CPC) was selected by the Venice Yacht Club Charitable Foundation to receive a $5,000 grant. This funding was awarded to continue the foundation’s support in the Children and Families Supervised Visitation Program (CFSVP), one of CPC’s Child Abuse Intervention programs.
CFSVP, which had transitioned to fully virtual visitations over the course of the pandemic, has recently completed its transition back to in-person visits. This support from the Venice Yacht Club Charitable Foundation will provide crucial funding for the program as the community faces the rising child abuse reports being placed following the height of COVID-19.
CFSVP was established in 1995 and provides a safe place for children to interact with parents without the stress of being in the middle of a family argument, observing a parent who is impaired by substance abuse and without uncomfortable conversations that include adult topics. By accessing CFSVP, the risk of violence to children will decrease. Ongoing parent and child contact, through supervised visitation, has been shown to be crucial to a child’s mental health and ability to build a healthy relationship with the non-custodial parent. Over 50 Sarasota County citizens serve as CFSVP volunteers.
The Child Protection Center’s mission is the Prevention, Intervention, & Treatment of Child Abuse. CPC has been serving Sarasota & DeSoto Counties since 1980. In fiscal year 2020, CPC provided 66,698 services to individuals. For more information on CPC or the Supervised Visitation Program, visit www.cpcsarasota.org or call 941-365-1277.