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BFP E-NEWS
May 2017
Message from the CEO
In a perfect world, all children would be afforded the opportunity to live and grow up in a loving and stable home, with a family who nurtured and protected them. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. According to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau; in 2015 over 428,000 children in the U.S. spent time in foster care.

In Brevard County, there are 135 foster families caring for 269 children each and every day. Our foster parents are critical partners who give of themselves and make personal sacrifices to ensure the children in their care find hope and healing while their families focus their attention on the matters that resulted in their children being removed.

Foster parents welcome children and youth into their homes as part of their family. They work with the children's parents to support and educate them on healthy parenting and teach children skills for life, while creating a healing environment, a safe place for children to find hope for the future.

Foster parents are the heart of every community across the country. They are the unsung heroes who give of themselves to strengthen our communities by investing in vulnerable children, youth, and their families. They open their hearts and homes to heal the wounds abused children experience that could otherwise potentially afflict them for a lifetime. However, because of Brevard's foster families, thousands of children's lives are now on the path to a better life.

May is National Foster Care Month
Brevard Family Partnership extends our sincere appreciation to  the foster parents, relative caregivers, and group care providers who have opened their hearts and homes to children in foster care. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to help Brevard's most vulnerable children in their time of need.
 
You have made a lasting difference in the lives of thousands of children, fostering hope through foster care.
 
"To the world, you may only be one person, but to one person, you may be the world."
How To Become a Foster Parent
Being a foster parent is a very rewarding experience. You will be caring for children who have been abused or neglected and serving as a role model for the biological families who are working to be reunified with their children.
 
Important steps to become a foster parent:
* Attend an orientation
* Complete 30 hours of foster parent training
* Participate in child abuse and criminal background check
* Participate in an in-depth home inspection and home study

View some Frequently Asked Questions on foster care online here
 
Interested in learning more? Get answers to all of your questions from professionals in the field like, foster parents, adoptive parents, and licensing and adoption experts by attending an informational session.

Help. Us. Give. 
Brevard Family Partnership has kicked off the Help Us Give ( H.U.G.) Campaign.  We will show you ways that you can Help Us Give children in foster care a brighter future, even if you are not able to be a foster parent yourself.

Protecting children and strengthening families is the responsibility of every member of the community.  While not everyone can be a foster parent, we can all contribute in some way to help a child or family in need.

Ready to Make a Difference In the Life of a Child?
For additional information, please contact us at 321.752.4650 x3031
or foster@brevardfp.org.
Family Allies

·        As of May 12, Family Allies received applications to transition from 100% of the existing Case Management employees!

·        Family Allies was selected by the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities to participate in the Pathways to Permanency and Well Being Cohort. The 15-month cohort experience will provide change leadership skills and mentoring to develop systems to improve permanency and well-being outcomes in Brevard County. Family Allies is one of 7 organizations from across the country selected to participate in this opportunity.

·        On May 22, Family Allies was accepted as a member of Together in Partnership (TIP).  TIP is a partnership of community agencies in Brevard County that work to prevent delinquency and enhance the health and well-being of children in our community.

Child Abuse Prevention Task Force Recognition Banquet
The 21st Annual Child Abuse Prevention Task Force Recognition Banquet was held on April 28, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Viera. The event recognizes and honors local individuals, businesses, and organizations that have made significant contributions in the support of child abuse prevention efforts.

View additional photos from the CAPTF Recognition Banquet online here.
Thank you to Tony Zazza, host of Zazza Morning with Cheree on 107.1 WA1A, for serving as emcee and to
Joe Adorno, founder of YOLO Mentoring, LLC, for delivering our keynote presentation. 

Congratulations again to all of the nominees and recipients! Thank you for your commitment to the children and families in our community!
A Special Thank You
We would like to give a special thank you to Florida Community Bank for supporting Brevard Family Partnership during Child Abuse Prevention Month.

We appreciate your generosity in collecting sneakers for children in foster care and including us in your 3rd Annual FCB Blue Day!
Brevard Family Partnership
2301 W. Eau  Gallie Blvd., Suite 104
Melbourne, FL 32935
321.752.4650 
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