The Child Protection Center, Inc. (CPC) has been awarded a $90,000 grant through the continued generosity of the McCune Family Foundation. These funds will support the four core programs of CPC in its mission- the prevention, intervention, and treatment of child abuse.
The four core programs that work towards the mission of CPC include: Personal Safety and Community Awareness (PSCA), Child Protection Team (CPT), Children and Families Supervised Visitation Program (CFSVP), and Therapy programs. PSCA educators provide abuse prevention education to pre-school through high school aged youth, and facilitates workshops for their caregivers, teachers, school board staff, and community members. CPT is legislatively mandated and works with the DCF and local law enforcement on the cases of children who are suspected victims of physical and sexual abuse and neglect, and facilitates forensic interviews, medical assessments, and court testimonies. CFSVP grants the opportunity for children to safely interact with a parent outside of a potentially threatening environment, with the goal of improving the overall health and wellbeing of the child. The Therapy program consists of the Sexual Abuse Treatment Program (SATP) and the Kid Kindness Program (KKP), both designed to serve children who have been physically and/or sexually abused, those children exhibiting problematic sexual behaviors, and their non- offending caregivers and siblings, providing free mental health support for victims and their families.
“The McCune Family Foundation has been a transformational partner,” said Doug Staley, CPC’s Executive Director. “Their partnership has given the Child Protection Center the ability to positively impact thousands of children in Sarasota County. The Foundation is instrumental in our efforts to break the cycle of child abuse in our communities.”
The effects of the pandemic continue to strain the nonprofit’s resources, with two of their programs experiencing a double-digit increase in services over the past year. This funding will be crucial in continuing these life-saving programs.
The Child Protection Center’s mission is the Prevention, Intervention, & Treatment of Child Abuse, as the organization envisions a community where children are safe from abuse and free to thrive. For over 40 years, CPC has been serving Sarasota and DeSoto Counties in the State of Florida, and is accredited by the National Children’s Alliance. In fiscal year 2020, CPC provided 66,698 services to individuals. For more information on CPC, visit www.cpcsarasota.org or call 941-365-1277.