The month of April is recognized as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and May is recognized at National Foster Care Awareness Month. As South Florida's largest and most comprehensive children and families organization serving those who have suffered from child abuse, neglect and homelessness, Place of Hope and its supporters rally each year to raise awareness, funds and educate the community.
Place of Hope is caring for thousands of foster children and youth each year who have come into care, at no fault of their own, having suffered severe abuse, neglect, abandonment and even human trafficking. Place of Hope offers housing and support services designed to end these cycles. Together with the help of our supporters and friends, we strive daily to help our children, youth, and families find true healing and restoration, which leads to healthy, successful lives.
DID YOU KNOW?
Children visiting the emergency room with suspected or confirmed cases increased from 2019 to 2020.
In our area, there are more than 2,600 children and youth under the supervision of the Department of Children and Families.
Last month 60 new children entered the foster care system in Palm Beach County.
One hundred twenty nine young adults aged out foster care into Independent Living programs, like Villages of Hope, in Palm Beach County.
"As we celebrate our 21st year of service in the community, we are excited to also be celebrating our expansion into the Treasure Coast communities with a newly inherited 11-acre campus in Stuart. After 60 years, Samaritans House for Boys decided it was time to pass the baton to Place of Hope. We will take it to the next level being able to serve 5,000-10,000 in our community each year from this new regional outreach headquarters," states Charles Bender, Founding CEO of Place of Hope.
Learn more about the Treasure Coast expansion by contacting JamieB@placeofhope.com.