Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco, members of the Sheriff’s Office Child Protective Investigations Unit, and personnel from BB&T bank attended the reopening of the redesigned Children’s Resource Room on June 15. The Resource Room is located at the Child Protective Investigations Unit in New Port Richey.When children in Pasco are removed from an unsafe home, they are brought to the CPI office before they are placed with relatives who have been properly screened or certified foster parents. The redesigned Resource Room features a new play area where these often traumatized children can be comfortable and feel safe. The Resource Room has also been a collection point for items that these children can use, including clothing, back packs, school supplies and basic hygiene items such as soap, shampoo, and toothpaste.
The redesign of the Resource Room was made possible by a donation by BB&T bank. Staff from BB&T donated close to 600 volunteer hours along with $5,000 worth of supplies, couches, games and televisions. Inmates from the Pasco Sheriff’s Office Detention Center also completed much of the manual labor.
The CPI Unit investigates more than 6,000 child abuse and neglect complaints a year in Pasco County. The unit utilizes many community providers and resources to assist families and empower them to maintain stability and self-sufficiency while ensuring their children are safe from harm.
“These children need as much help as possible because they are in a traumatic situation,” said Sheriff Nocco. “Thanks to the support of BB&T and the dedicated work of our child protective investigators, this redesigned Resource Room will be an integral part of providing these victims comfort during this difficult time in their lives.”