What's Happening at Brevard Family Partnership
Welcome from the CEO


Dear Friends,


One thing we can all be assured of is change. Change challenges us and it paves the way for a better future. Some of us adapt well to change while others inherently struggle with it. Socrates said, "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new." That is what we have committed ourselves to here in Brevard, building a better future for the vulnerable children and families we serve.

"Protecting children, strengthening families, changing lives" is our motto and mission. As we strive to make a positive impact on the lives of those we serve, it is important to celebrate the outcome of our efforts; the child who finds a forever family, the parent caught in the snare of addiction who recovers, or the families who work so hard to be reunited with their children.


Run for Love 5K is back!



The second annual Run for Love 5K will once again be
a part of the 8th annual Walk for Love, coming to the Church at Viera on November 16! The theme of the Run for Love is "have a heart for adoption" and all participants are encouraged to wear a heart themed t-shirt or costume. There will be prizes for costume with the most HEART!


The Walk for Love will immediately follow the run, and everyone is invited to attend (including your four-legged friends!). There is no cost to attend the walk.


You don't want to miss out on these fun, family-friendly events that celebrate forever families during National Adoption Month.


Click here to learn more and register >>>

Space Coast FPRA to Honor PR Professional of the Year, Geo Ropert





The Space Coast Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association will honor its Public Relations Professional of the Year, Brevard Family Partnership's Director of Communications, Geo A. Ropert, APR, at its annual dinner on Tuesday, August 22, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Duran Golf Club's Tradewinds Restaurant - 7032 Stadium Parkway, in Viera. The event will also include chapter awards for service excellence as well as the installation of the chapter's 2013-2014 board of directors.


The PR Professional of the Year award is the chapter's highest honor and is presented to a senior member of the organization who has had significant Public Relations achievements in the community in the past year. Ropert has been a member of the Space Coast Chapter of the FPRA for 12 years and has served six of those as a member of the board of directors as chapter president, treasurer, vice president of accreditation and certification, and vice president of membership.


Read more >>>



News From the Field - DCM Spotlight  



Let me introduce to you Children's Home Society Dependency Care Manager, Paula Futie.  Paula is a member of Unit 281, where Bonnie Gibbons is her supervisor.  Paula has a sincere heart and loves family.  Paula and her husband Robert moved to Florida two years ago from Maine as they wanted to be close to their daughter and grandson.  Within six months of her moving, she applied and was hired at CHS and began her career as a case manager.

Paula states as a child she moved around a lot!  Her parents met on a cruise ship named "Santa Paula".  Most people would not believe, but that's where her parents got her name from.  She said, "they must have really had a great time on this ship".  Paula is married to her best friend, Robert also known as GBR-Grandpa Big Rob!  She enjoys spending time with her family especially the little man that has her heart, Travis.  She's better known to Travis as "LaLa".

Paula graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work.  She says the best part of her job is interviewing  and interacting with the kids.  Paula says, "The highlight of my job is when I am able to reunify children with their parents, especially when the parents have completed their case plan and have made positive changes in their lives.  

Keep up the great work Paula!

In This Issue
Welcome from CEO
Run for Love 5K
PR Professional of the Year
DCM Spotlight
  Upcoming Events
August -- Back to School
 August 28-30 - DCF Child Protection Summit
September 2 - Labor Day, BFP Offices Closed  
Community Partners





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Brevard Family Partnership
2301 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Suite 104
Melbourne, Florida 32935
Interested in Volunteering?
Brevard Family Partnership is seeking individuals who are interested in volunteering time and talent to support the organization's many activities related to preventing child abuse and raising awareness of the local System of Care that serves the community. 
Visit our website to learn more, download the application form, sign up for our next Volunteer meeting and more!
Foster Parent News


July 2013
Approved Relicensed Homes
Yvrose Charles
Robin Whiting
Ronald and Dottie Thomas
Barbara Gibbs
Yvonne Davis
Latoya and Stephen Olagunju
Gwendolyn H. Penn
Sherry & William Yehnert
Joras and Michelette Lanoix
Elisabeth Rivers
Olga and Carl Williams
Jiyanklis Beltz
Jessie and Clyde John
Congratulations! Thank you for your commitment to  Brevard's children.
Child Protection Transformation


Child Protection Transformation is a multi-year project, in partnership with the Florida Department of Children and Families, designed to address identified concerns with Florida's child protection system. The vision is to transform Florida's child welfare system of care to work more effectively with children and families towards achieving child safety.
The goal of the project is to:

♦ Improve and permanently changed business practices and consistent safety decision making;
♦ Reduce re-investigations and re-abuse;
♦ Make systems integration and technology improvements for efficiency;
♦ Maintain a professionalized and stabilized workforce; and
♦ Achieve higher quality casework and better outcomes for children and families.