Treasure Coast

Treasure Coast

Place of Hope

Serving Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee County

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Right now, there is a waiting list of children in our neighborhoods who are in need of a home. We believe a child deserves to grow up knowing love.

Place of Hope is a local children’s organization recruiting, training and licensing loving foster families throughout Martin, Indian River, St. Lucie, and Okeechobee Counties. Through a comprehensive, high quality traditional foster care model, Place of Hope is dedicated to providing a stable and loving environment for the children of each community.

Place of Hope is responding to the urgent need for more loving foster families in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties. On a monthly average, 51 children in the Treasure Coast are removed from their homes due to heinous abuse or neglect, abandonment, sexual exploitation and human trafficking.  Due to the shortage of neighboring foster families, a child can be placed across county lines, removed from everything which is familiar including school, friends and siblings.

Restoring hope

Through the generosity and support of people just like you, together we are able to reach more hurting children, place them into loving homes, and end the cycle of abuse.

The Facts

As of August, there are 1,007 children under DCF supervision and only 150 licensed foster homes in the Treasure Coast, known as the 19th Judicial Circuit covering Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties. Information provided by Devereux CBC. Statistics by county are below.

Martin County

  • 145 children under DCF supervision
  • 11 new children entered into the dependency system
  • 17 children placed out of circuit 19*
  • 38 total licensed foster homes

St. Lucie County

  • 500 children under DCF supervision
  • 27 new children entered into the dependency system
  • 52 children placed out of circuit 19*
  • 89 total licensed foster homes

Indian River County

  • 179 children under DCF supervision
  • 15 new children entered into the dependency system
  • 27 children placed out of circuit 19*
  • 20 total licensed foster homes

Okeechobee County

  • 183 children under DCF supervision
  • 9 new children entered into the dependency system
  • 19 children placed out of circuit 19*
  • 3 total licensed foster homes

*Numbers do not reflect the number of children placed across county lines within the circuit. The circuit includes Martin, Indian River, St. Lucie and Okeechobee Counties.

Since February 2015 we have seen

  • 140 Children Placed Into Loving Foster Families
  • 10 Children Find Their Forever Homes Through Adoption
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“If you get emotional at the thought of a child being left in a shelter, never knowing love, then you are exactly who we need…“

The Wiglesworth Family