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

  

In recognition of National Social Work Month I would like to personally thank our case management organizations, Children's Home Society and Devereux Florida, as well as all of our partner agency staff and leadership for their dedication and commitment to improving the quality of life of Brevard's vulnerable children and families. Children's Home Society and Devereux Florida were the founding partners in the establishment of Community Based Care of Brevard - now Brevard Family Partnership - and have played a central role in the care and protection of our children for more than eight years.

  

Celebrating National Social Worker Month

  

  

March is National Social Worker Month! While we take time during this special month to recognize and appreciate the efforts of our social workers, we truly are grateful EVERY day for those who work tirelessly on behalf of Brevard's children and families.
  
Social work is a profession for those with a strong desire to help improve people's lives. The dedication and commitment required of social workers is evidence of a selfless heart with a genuine desire to improve the lives of those in need.
  
We are thankful for the significant contribution made by social workers who strive each day by their work to change the conditions of the world and improve the lives of "the least among us." We celebrate their profession, continued commitment, and enthusiasm to protecting children, strengthening families, and changing many lives.
  
On behalf of those whose lives you changed, thank you!
Florida Youth Leadership Academy welcomes two youth leaders 

  

   

 

The Department of Children and Families recently welcomed 21 members as the sixth class of the Florida Youth Leadership Academy. Among the new members is Trenton Miller, a 17 year old young man from Brevard's own Crosswinds Independent Living Youth program.

 

Trenton was selected out of 64 youth from across the state who were nominated for the program. The kickoff event was held in February, culminating with the election of officers for the Leadership Class. Trenton was selected by his peers to be Vice President. Without hesitation, Trenton eagerly assumed this role. As leader of his Jr. ROTC class at Rockledge High School, he is confident he has the skills and capability to be a successful leader. In addition to attending high school, Trenton is also taking 2 classes at Brevard Community College, works at two jobs, is a mentor in the Big Brothers program, and completes numerous community service hours.

 

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Register now for Kayaking for Kids!  

  

  

 

Register today for the inaugural Brevard Family Kayak Festival - Kayaking for Kids! Taking place on Saturday, April 13 at Kiwanis Island Park on Merritt Island, the festival will feature kayaking lessons and tours for novices, provided by A Day Away Kayak Tours and tours and games of skill for seasoned kayakers, sponsored by Space Coast Paddlers.

 

Those with kayaks are welcome to bring them to participate. Land-based activities include games for children and families, animal displays and education by the Brevard Zoo and local nature and conservation organizations, booths featuring information about child-serving organizations in the area, a tour of Palm Bay Police Department's new mobile emergency response command center, and displays and demonstrations by local law enforcement and fire/rescue agencies.

 

Lunch will be provided and everyone attending will be entered to win door prizes. 
 

Kayak tours are limited, so register today!

News From the Field - DCM Spotlight  

 

 

 

In this month's news from the field, the spotlight is on Children's Home Society Dependency Care Manager, Nicole Grant.  Nicole is originally from Brooklyn, New York and she is one of six children in her family.  Prior to moving to Florida, Nicole worked at a residential treatment facility on the dual diagnosis wing.  She began her career as a child protection professional with CHS in 2010. 


Nicole states she has always wanted to work with children and has a desire to help others.  When asked what enables her to be successful at her job, Nicole stated having a knowledgeable and supportive supervisor is very important as is teamwork.  Nicole's supervisor states that she is very proactive, and works well with minimal oversight.  She further reported that she has received compliments from Guardian Ad Litems and Quality Assurance staff from both CHS and BFP regarding Nicole's work. 


Three things you will always find in Nicole's car are change for tolls, napkins in case she has to eat on the run, and her ice skates.  Perhaps she hasn't realized it doesn't snow as often here yet.     

 
Keep up the great work Nicole!  

In This Issue
Welcome from CEO
National Social Worker Month
Florida Youth Leadership Academy
Kayaking for Kids
DCM Spotlight
 
  Upcoming Events
 
April 6 - CAPTF Kickoff at Squid Lips
April 8-12 - Children's Week in Tallahassee
April 26 - Fiesta Brevard
CAPTF Banquet
Registration is now open for the 17th Annual Child Abuse Prevention Awards
 
Join us on Thursday, April 18th at Suntree Country Club for the 17th Annual CAPTF Awards Breakfast, featuring special guest David Lawrence.
 
Early registration is now open. Click here to register today and receive a discounted rate!  
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It's time to get your ducks in a row for the 15th Annual Great Brevard Duck Race!
  
   
  
Join us on April 14, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Sand Point Park in Titusville, where 10,000 ducks with ultra cool sunglasses will race their way to the finish line to win great prizes for their adopters!

How to adopt a duck:   For a $5 donation, you can adopt a lucky duck, or flocks of ducks can be adopted for a special package level.
  
Ducks can be adopted online at: www.duckrace.com/brevard, in person at one of the lucky duck locations, by mail, or on race day. 
  
All funds raised will benefit Crosswinds Youth Services Children's Shelter and other programs.
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

 

February 2013
Approved Relicensed Homes
Ronald & Rochelle Sandridge
Ronnie & Lydia Parrott
Michael & Antoinette Pollock
George & Rosie Hagans
Bonnie Harrah

 

Newly Approved Foster Homes
Jaclyn & Kevin Mazac
Adam & Colleen Browne
Penny & Mark Bryant
Cheryl Morey
 
Congratulations! Thank you for your commitment to  Brevard's children.