Child Protection Center Awarded Grant for Mental Health Services

July 15, 2021

Child Protection Center Awarded Grant for Mental Health Services Funding from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County will support Therapy Program

The Child Protection Center, Inc. (CPC) has received a $50,000 grant supporting mental health services for children suffering from child abuse in Sarasota County. This funding has been provided by the Franklin D. Stanford Fund, the Carolyn B. Byers Fund, and the James Franklin Warnell & Dorothy J. Warnell Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the children in the region we serve,” said Doug Staley, the Executive Director of the Child Protection Center. The health crisis created an environment where children were isolated and made more vulnerable. Clients experienced more complex abuse, sexual abuse increased drastically, and suicidal ideation reached a 10-year high, all of which has led to longer amounts of time receiving treatment in therapy. “CPC’s Therapy Program currently has over 60 children on a waiting list to receive therapy! No child who has been abused should be placed on a waiting list to begin their journey of healing.”

This support from the Community Foundation will directly assist the nonprofit’s need in hiring specialized therapists to meet the growth in demand for treatment. The Therapy Program’s Sexual Abuse Treatment Program is known for its therapists’ expertise, having previously received the highest clinical monitoring score in the entire state of Florida.

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 Therapy Program, call 941-365-1277.

About the Community Foundation of Sarasota County:The Community Foundation of Sarasota County is a public charity founded in 1979 by the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council as a resource for caring individuals and the causes they support, enabling them to make a charitable impact on the community. With assets of $421 million in more than 1,500 charitable funds, the Community Foundation awarded grants and scholarships totaling $48.9 million dollars last year in the areas of education, the arts, health and human services, civic engagement, animal welfare and the environment. Since its founding, the Community Foundation has been able to grant more than $323 million to area nonprofit organizations to our community thanks to the generosity of charitable individuals, families, and businesses. For more information, visit or call (941) 955-3000.

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