April 23, 2019
Child Protection Center Awarded Grant from Selby Foundation-Grant will Fund the Reconstruction of The CPC’s Playground
The Child Protection Center, Inc. (CPC) was selected as a recipient of a grant from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation. The grant funds will be used to restore and rebuild the playground, used by the clients that are treated at the Sarasota Office.
In 2010, the Junior League of Sarasota graciously donated a playground to the Child Protection Center’s main campus. This addition to the grounds was the final piece in creating a true campus of caring. Children who visit CPC are children who have been physically or sexually abused and deserve a comfortable atmosphere to begin their trauma treatment. Throughout the last 8 years, children have visited the playground as a means to relax and release tension after they completed a forensic interview or received a medical exam. Children have also played on the playground during trauma treatment with their therapist or other children who have experienced abuse.
Due to the Florida sun and the regular use, the playground now has broken equipment, rusted benches, cracked rubber flooring and damaged art boards. Funds from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation will restore the playground to its intended use – an area of comfort and play for our most vulnerable children.
By investing in people through academic scholarships and supporting capital projects of local organizations, the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation looks beyond what is and enables change for what can be.
Since its inception in 1980, The Child Protection Center has grown in service capabilities to become the only DeSoto and Sarasota service provider with a multifaceted approach to the prevention, intervention, and treatment, of child abuse. The four core programs that work towards the mission of The CPC include; Personal Safety and Community Awareness (PSCA), Child Protection Team (CPT), Children and Families Supervised Visitation Program (CFSVP), and Therapy programs. PSCA educators facilitate workshops for children and caregivers with a focus on sexual child abuse prevention, internet safety, and properly identifying and reporting suspected abuse. CFSVP facilitates supervised visitation between children and families who have been identified as being at heightened risk of physical or emotional harm due to parenting behaviors. CPT evaluates alleged child abuse and neglect, evaluates risk factors, and provides recommendations for interventions. The Therapy program utilizes its highly trained, clinical experts in all treatment services provided, for optimum healing and recovery for victims of child abuse. In 2018, The CPC provided over 84,000 services.