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January 2017
Message from the CEO
As our local child welfare System of Care is reliant on strong partnerships and a united voice to advocate on behalf of the vulnerable and disenfranchised members of our community, the work, mission and life of Dr. MLK demonstrates how one person can change the world.

Many people are inspired by Dr. King's quotes and vision for a better society; and the degree to which he invested his life in pursuit of that vision.
In recognition of Dr. King's life work, I'd like to take this opportunity to crosswalk a few quotes from Dr. King to the work that we as a community can apply to our mission of "Protecting Children."

" Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." In 2003, our community came together to advocate on behalf of Brevard's children, resulting in a change in legislation leading to the privatization of child welfare and the vision our community had to ensure the safety and well-being of our most vulnerable of citizens, our children. Through the tireless efforts of over 150 volunteers, our local System of Care's priorities, vision and mission were established and have guided our efforts through to today.

Happy New Year from Brevard Family Partnership
Wishing you and your family a joyful, bright, healthy, prosperous and happiest new year ahead!
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month
According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery from which traffickers profit from the control and exploitation of others.
 
Those vulnerable to human trafficking span multiple areas, such as age, socio-economic status, nationality, education-level, and gender. Traffickers often prey on people hoping for a better life, lacking employment opportunities, having an unstable home life, or with a history of sexual abuse-conditions present in all spheres of society.
 
In support of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, NCTSN has resources for mental health professionals, law enforcement personnel, health care professionals, and survivors on the signs of trafficking and services for human trafficking survivors.
BFP Employee Recognition
Congratulations to Ada Dieguez for being recognized as the 2016 recipient of the 'Linda Marshall Leading Light Award'. The award is given annually to a BFP employee who adheres to the organization's mission and vision, values, and principles of practice, possesses strong leadership qualities, has a collaborative spirit and represents the agency in a positive manner.
Also, congratulations to Jason Simmons for being recognized as the recipient of the 'Peer Recognition Award'! The award is given to a BFP employee who is a collaborative team player, demonstrates innovative and creative abilities in their work, exudes a positive attitude and goes above and beyond.
What Are Your New Year's Resolutions?
As you decide on your 2017 resolutions, make a resolution to change a child's life. Become a foster parent and open your heart and home to a child in need.

Interested in learning more? Join us for an informational session and get answers to all of your questions from professionals in the field like, foster parents, adoptive parents, licensing and adoption experts. 
  
For additional information or to RSVP for an informational session, please contact   Jason Simmons, Recruitment Specialist at 321-752-4650 ext. 3034 or Jason.Simmons@brevardfp.org.
Thank You to Our Generous Holiday Gift Drive Donors
 
This year, with the help of our generous holiday gift drive sponsors, Brevard Family Partnership and IMPOWER were able to provide gifts to over 1,500 children in foster care and families in crisis within our local community!
 
Every year, Brevard Family Partnership joins our local partners to ensure every child in our care has a gift to open on Christmas day. It is only with the community's support that we are able to provide gifts for these children. 
 
The 2016 holiday gift drive was made possible by generous donations from the community sponsors found here
 
We are extremely grateful for your support and generosity! Thank you!
Brevard Family Partnership
2301 W. Eau  Gallie Blvd., Suite 104
Melbourne, FL 32935
321.752.4650 
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