SARASOTA — Child Protection Center, Inc. has received a $7,500 grant for virtual programming as it copes with the pandemic.
It came from the COVID-19 Response Initiative of Gulf Coast Community Foundation along with the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation.
“This grant supports CPC’s Children and Families Supervised Visitation Program (CFSVP), which has transitioned to providing virtual visits to continue its vital services during the pandemic. CPC has seen a sharp increase in the number of visits being performed, despite a reduction of funds,” it said in a news release, noting 100 virtual visits took place in April and 109 in May — compared to 746 in all of fiscal year 2019.
The CFSVP “provides a safe place for children to interact with parents without the stress of being in the middle of a family argument, observing a parent who is impaired by substance abuse and without uncomfortable conversations that include adult topics,” it said.
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