The Child Protection Center, which was established in 1980, provides essential services in the prevention, intervention, and treatment of child abuse in both Sarasota and DeSoto Counties. In the years since its inception, CPC has expanded its staff and services to better meet the needs of the children and families within the community. However, the demand for child abuse services has continued to steadily increase, an issue exacerbated by a population growth of over 200% since 2000 in North Port alone. To meet these rising needs, CPC closed on a new building and property in North Port in December of 2021- the Campus of Healing, which started services in its existing building in early 2022.
Elizabeth joined the organization as it launched the next phase of expansion- breaking ground on a new 6,000 sq. ft. building on the Campus of Healing. “I grew up in North Port,” says Elizabeth. “I have seen the growth firsthand and understand the need for CPC’s Campus of Healing serving South County.” This endeavor is financially supported in part by a three-million-dollar federal grant thanks to the leadership and support of Congressman Greg Steube.
“We are extremely pleased to be welcoming Elizabeth to our team at such a crucial moment in CPC’s history,” said Douglas Staley, CPC’s Executive Director. “Our Campus of Healing and the clients we serve will greatly benefit from her vision and expertise.”
Elizabeth is bringing 12 years of nonprofit fundraising experience to her new role with campaigns ranging from $2,500 into seven figures. “The Child Protection Center is an unequaled organization in our community providing quality services by experts to those that need us most,” she commented. “We are advocates for victims, providing a safe and trusting space for them to heal. I am honored to have joined the team, and proud to continue making an impact in this community through relationships and advocacy.”
Members of the community can support the campaign via a naming opportunity, purchasing a dedicated walkway brick, joining the Champions for Children Circle, or a general donation.
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. For information on getting involved with the Capital Campaign or to schedule a tour of the campus, please contact Elizabeth K. Topp at ElizabethT@CPCSarasota.org or 941-286-8844. You may also visit www.cpcsarasota.org.