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Nurse Susan Barber honored for more than 20 years on the front lines of the fight against child abuse | sarasota


Susan Barber – or “Nurse Sue” as her peers affectionately call her – is retiring after a 20+ year career in child abuse intervention at the Child Protection Center, leaving behind a legacy of compassion and hope.

Sue’s caring nature paved a clear path to health care from a young age, when she helped her brother meet the medical needs brought on by spina bifida. . “I didn’t choose the CPC, they chose me. That was where I belonged.”

Sue remembered her best day – one Christmas Eve when a child arrived with injuries so bad they wouldn’t come home. ‘How will Santa Claus find me now?’ Sue and the child protection investigator made sure the child had presents to wake up to on Christmas Day. “I think about it every Christmas Eve. Almost 20 years later, I carry this child in my heart.”

“Unfortunately, we don’t always get a happy ending, even if we want to,” Sue said of her worst day, when she saw autopsy photos of a child who had been checked for a facial injury only a month ago.

“Sarasota is a beautiful county, but the ugly gets here.”

“You have to focus on the positive. If we see a child who has been sexually abused, neglected, or hurt, that should be the last day they have to endure it. I see this place (CPC) as a beacon of hope for the children of this community.”

Doug Staley, Executive Director of CPC, said, “Looking back on Sue’s years of service, we see the countless cases she worked on, the long list of evidence gathered, the cabinets filled with files and notes… But that doesn’t tell the whole story. The real story is filled with children whose lives were changed by his kindness, who found safety in his loving care, and who left CPC knowing they were not alone. Susan Barber is an unwavering beacon of hope in our fight against child abuse – that is her true legacy.”

Sue’s wish is that “adults see a child as he is – an absolute gift”. Sheen encourages each of us to “donate your time to a child and your wallet to an agency that stands up for our children.” She looks forward to spending time with her retired grandchildren.

Bring hope to the fight against child abuse in Sarasota County. Make a life-saving donation to CPCSarasota.org.
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