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BFP E-NEWS
June 2016
Message from the CEO
Summer is a time when children and families have the opportunity to spend quality time together. It is a busy time for parents and caregivers to keep their children and teenagers active and involved in prosocial activities. Summer also poses an increased risk for Florida's children in many ways. Florida contains more than 30,000 lakes and ranks 7 th in the nation in percentage of water area within the state. The heat, pools, swimming, lakes, and idol time can all result in unfortunate circumstances, many of which are avoidable if precautions are taken.

According to FloridaHealth.Gov,
"Florida loses more children under age five to drowning than any other state. Annually in Florida, enough children to fill three to four preschool classrooms drown and do not live to see their fifth birthday."

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June is National Safety Month
National Safety Month, observed annually in June, is led by the  National Safety Council and joined by thousands of organizations across the country. 
 
The goal is to raise awareness of what it takes to stay safe on our roads and in our homes and communities.
Hurricane Safety
June 1 marked the beginning of hurricane season. According to Brevard County Emergency Management, statistics show that people are not prepared when a disaster strikes them. To avoid being left unprepared, educate yourself and your family about what steps need to be taken before a disaster occurs. 

The Brevard County Emergency Management web site offers tips to build a preparedness kit and get a plan.  This is also a great local resource to utilize to stay informed when a storm approaches.

Additionally, they provide a Brevard County Emergency Preparedness Booklet that provides essential information such as evacuation routes, shelter locations, what to bring to a shelter, pet information and more.
Celebration of Adoption
Judge McKibben presided over a private Celebration of Adoption Event on May 6, 2016 at the Viera Courthouse, where we celebrated 5 children being joined with their forever families.
 
Thank you to Judge McKibben & Staff, Brevard County Guardian Ad Litem, IMPOWER, BFP Staff and everyone else who made this celebration possible!
 
Foster Parent Appreciation Picnic
BFP held our annual appreciation event honoring our foster parents, adoptive families & caregivers in May. We celebrated the important work that these families do with a carnival themed picnic including a bounce house, face painting, balloon art, carnival games, and prizes! Thank you for everything that you do for Brevard's children!
Brevard Family Partnership
2301 W. Eau  Gallie Blvd., Suite 104
Melbourne, FL 32935
321.752.4650 
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