September 4, 2020
Child Protection Center Awarded $10,000 Grant from Wilson-Wood Foundation- Funding Will Support Supervised Visitation Program
The Child Protection Center, Inc. (CPC) recently received a $10,000 grant through the generosity of the Wilson-Wood Foundation to support CPC’s Children and Families Supervised Visitation Program (CFSVP).
CFSVP provides a neutral, safe place for children to maintain a relationship with both parents that is free from the stresses of anger and conflict between their parents, often when caregivers are trying to navigate custody arrangements, substance abuse issues, or mental illness. 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. Referrals are accepted from the 12th Judicial Circuit Court and community agencies.
The funding from this grant aids CPC in meeting the growing demand for CFSVP, which has seen a 41% increase in services from April through July, with a state record for the number of supervised visitations in April. At the onset of the pandemic, the program adapted to virtual outlets for the safety of the children, caregivers, staff, and volunteers, and the positive response has opened the door to the option for virtual accommodations in addition to traditional visits in the future.
The Wilson-Wood Foundation has long supported the mission and programs of the Child Protection Center, including the Therapy Program and the Personal Safety and Community Awareness (PSCA) Program. The Foundation focuses its giving on human services, education, health, and the underprivileged.