Treasure Coast

Treasure Coast

Place of Hope

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

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 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

Invited by Senate President Joe Negron and Devereux, Place of Hope expanded to the Treasure Coast nearly three years ago from Palm Beach County. Through a comprehensive, 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 specializes in foster parent recruitment, training and licensure, as well as offering wrap around support services.

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

In Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee (known as the 19th Judicial Circuit) *as of June 2017 (numbers provided by Devereux CBC).

  • 963 Children Under DCF Supervision
  • 600 Children Removed From Their Homes
  • 252 Children Placed Into Licensed Care
  • 138 Children in Traditional Foster Homes
  • 114 Children Placed Out of Circuit
  • 36 Children Who Were Removed Last Month
  • 159 Foster Homes Available
  • 57 Independent Living, Aged-Out Youth

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