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


Dear Friends and Partners,


Greetings! On behalf of the Brevard Family Partnership board of directors and executive leadership team, I am writing to inform you of some current and impending changes occurring within our agency. These are intended to functionally align the organization, streamline processes, provide cross training and succession planning, and modernize agency practices and processes.


On July 1, 2014 Debbie Davidson Cook transitioned from her role as Chief Compliance Officer to Senior Executive of Compliance, providing leadership over contracts and compliance, training, quality assurance, legal, and data and utilization management. The focus and goal of the Compliance Department is on client outcomes and performance measures for our System of Care...


School is out! Summer safety tips for parents
 Did you know?
  • Nationwide, an average of 37 children die each year from being left alone in hot cars by caring parents or adults who become distracted and forget.
  • Florida leads the nation in drowning deaths of children ages 1-4.
  • Research shows kids are more likely to start smoking cigarettes or marijuana in June or July than in any other month because they are less supervised and have more freedom.

Keep your kids safe this summer! Find some important water, hydration, and heat safety tips here.


Read more about how to prevent in-home drowning death here.


During the summer months, children tend to be outdoors more, home alone more, and supervised less. Learn tips to help avoid abduction and harm here, and more about supervising your children during the summer months here.


For more prevention and safety publications, visit the Florida Center for Child Welfare website here.

Hats off to our graduates!



On June 25th, IMPOWER and Brevard Family Partnership celebrated the new graduates of our recently held Child Welfare Pre-Service Training Class. The six-week long course for new case managers prepares staff to provide exceptional dependency case management services to Brevard's at risk children. 


Read more >>> 


14 Children adopted in mass ceremony




Fourteen foster children - including 4-year-old Kendall playing judge in the picture there - were adopted in a ceremony Friday.


The ceremony marks a milestone for the kids who are between 7 months and 9 years old: They have been removed from their parents because of abuse, neglect or abandonment, but as of Friday's ceremony are adopted into "forever families."    


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Foster Parent Highlight: Kevin and Mary Ellen Kilday




Kevin and Mary Ellen Kilday have been licensed foster parents in Brevard County for the past 13 years. They became interested in foster care after taking 5 children into their home as part of a family arrangement. They felt that pursuing foster care was a way to ensure children's medical needs and service needs were being met. 



In This Issue
Welcome from CEO
Summer Safety Tips
Hats off to Our Graduates!
Mass Adoption Ceremony
Foster Parent Highlight
  Upcoming Events



Saturday, November 22

9th Annual Walk and Run for Love 5K at the Church at Viera


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!


June 2014
Approved Re-licensed Homes

Rhue Dunston
Shelley McKenzie
Joan Johanesen
Janice & Jose Rangel
Jay Jerabek and Nancy McDermott-Jerabek
Raymonde & Jean Luma
New Licensed Homes

Genese Bailey
Alicia & William Smith

Congratulations! Thank you for your commitment to Brevard's children.
Trauma Informed Care - Positive Youth Development Summit II

Brevard Family Partnership and Brevard Youth Thrive invite you to join us on this initiative of understanding and addressing trauma and improving the lives of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. A second community-wide summit will take place on Thursday, July 24 in Viera.


Learn more and RSVP >>> 



Learn more about Brevard Youth Thrive here.