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


Dear Friends,


I am pleased to announce that BFP has forged a partnership with the Center for the Study of Social Policy to become a Youth Thrive pilot site ( The CSSP is a leading national organization that works with policymakers and communities across the country to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children and families.

We will be integrating the Center's cutting-edge Youth Thrive framework with our Trauma Informed Care - Positive Youth Development program, a recently developed, cross-system initiative designed to ensure foster youth exiting Brevard's system of care are afforded every opportunity to succeed as young adults.


Register today for the second annual Run for Love 5K!



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 best attire and most creative costume!


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 >>>

Gov. Scott appoints Judge McKibben to the 18th Judicial Circuit Court


On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott named Brevard Family Partnership Vice Board Chair, Judge Kelly Jo McKibben, who served in the Department of Children and Families and as a Brevard County judge since 2006, to the 18th Judicial Circuit Court.


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Thank you to the Rotary Club of Melbourne Beach


BFP Board Members Brooke Deratany-Goldfarb and Eric Smith accept the donation.


A special thank you to the Melbourne Beach Rotary for their generous donation of $2500 to Brevard Family Partnership! We are grateful for their incredible support of the mission and vision of BFP. THANK YOU! 

Joys Outweigh Challenges for Brevard Foster Parents

When Vicki Erickson joined Devereux Florida's foster parent program seven years ago, it was simply to provide respite care for her sister's foster children. At the time, she never imagined becoming a full-time foster parent herself. But when she and her husband Terry spent time with the children and young adults under their care, they found themselves unexpectedly hooked on the experience.


"We realized how much we enjoyed helping kids and providing them with a safe, nurturing home," Vicki says. "Though they all had unique situations and challenges, we were able to help each of them grow in ability and independence. It felt so good to see the positive difference we were making."



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In This Issue
Welcome from CEO
Run for Love 5K
Gov. Scott appoints new Circuit Court Judge
Thank you to the Rotary Club
Joys Outweigh Challenges for Brevard Foster Parents
  Upcoming Events
September 23 - TIP Meeting
September 24 - Child Placing Agency Meeting
October 10 - CAPTF Meeting
October 16 - BFP Volunteer Meeting
October 17 - Adoption Support Coordinators Meeting
October 18 - Provider Network Meeting
Save the Date
November 16th
2nd Annual Run for Love 5K and 8th Annual Walk for Love
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


August 2013
Approved Relicensed Homes
Walstien and Willie Mae Daughtry
Mark and Sharon Groover
Andres and Doreen Cruz
Laverne Ivey
Rubin and Sandra Brock
Dolan and Lillian Torres
Julie and Robert Wattwood
Deborah Gaffney
Congratulations! Thank you for your commitment to  Brevard's children.
Extended Foster Care & Independent Living Redesign Summary






The Quality Parenting Initiative invites you to a Florida QPI Just in Time Training on:


 Talking Trauma: When Kids Talk about their Traumatic Experiences
Thursday, September 19, 2013 
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM  (Eastern)  
Presented by: Marisol H. Tobey 

Please click here to register for this training.


This presentation will offer some guidelines on how to communicate with children who may have a history of traumatic experiences, as well as their siblings or other children in the home.  Concrete examples of helpful responses will be presented as well as general overview of the trauma response to provide insight into the 'why' behind the behaviors.