SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Ground was broken Wednesday on a new 5-acre campus in Sarasota for a foster care concept that supporters say is the first of its kind in the world.
"Nobody in the child welfare system is doing it the way we're doing it. So we're really looking at this, not only to heal our children locally, but to actually create a research enterprise so we effectively learn how to deliver trauma care to those who have been abused," said Dennis McGillicuddy.
The All Star Children's Foundation project will include a recreation area, playground, and outdoor movie screen.
"On this campus we're going to have a 12,000 treatment center focused on trauma care for the children in foster care. We will have 6 foster homes so when children are first removed from their homes they have a place to come and get that trauma treatment in the first 3-5 months of their stay," Graci McGillicuddy said.
The Siesta Key philanthropists are contributing $3 million dollars to the $10 million dollar project. It is being built on 17th Street between Lockwood Ridge and Beneva Roads.