The Child Protection Center (CPC) has received a $150,000 matching opportunity through a collaboration of donors. The match is led by Roger Pettingell, Keith Monda and Veronica Brady, Pamela Hughes, and Gail and Skip Sack to combat the increased need for child abuse services due to the pandemic.
The Child Protection Center says that, due to Covid-19, it has seen a rise in demand for child abuse services. In its recent fiscal year, the nonprofit’s child protection team provided 16.89 percent more services than in the previous year, such as medical exams and forensic interviews. CPC's therapy program has also experienced an escalated need for services as well as additional staff; despite increasing services by 11.33 percent, CPC says a waiting list of verified victims of child abuse in need of therapy has grown to 70-plus children. The match challenge will provide funding to address these critical needs.