Place of Hope expands charity for adoptive children and families in Treasure Coast

A well-known charity that houses adoptive children and families at risk of abuse is expanding to Treasure Coast.

Place of Hope currently has foster homes in Boca Raton and Palm Beach Gardens.

Now it’s opening an 11-acre campus off Cove Rd. in Stuart.

The charity takes over the land from the Samaritan Center for Boys, a charity with a similar mission that has since fallen into despair.

Place of Hope founding CEO Charles Bender said that every day 200 children from this area are placed in foster care.

He said the new on-campus outreach center will benefit 5,000 to 10,000 families with items such as diapers, cribs, backpacks and games.

“There’s more to come and we’ll see as the need arises, there’s additional space here that hasn’t been used yet, and as I said, there’s is in huge need, so we’ll see where we go with that,” Bender said.

Bender said the outreach center will open in a few weeks.

He said the other chalets used to house children and families will start to be renovated and reopen shortly thereafter.

“Can you imagine overnight, taking 2-3 more kids into your family, and sometimes you need financial support for that,” Bender said. “You need the diapers, the car seats, the cribs, the bag and the games, all of those things, and so as a community, we’re going to get those things to them almost immediately.”

Bender said the pandemic, coupled with recent spikes in inflation, has led to an increase in foster cases.

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