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March 2016
Message from the CEO 
March is National Social Work Month; an opportunity for human service organizations to honor social workers, and human service and child welfare professionals for their dedication and commitment to serving people and making the world a better place. This year's theme is "Forging Solutions out of Challenges."

I recently had the opportunity to speak at the Melbourne Chamber's Women of Excellence convening where I opened by sharing that child welfare is a challenging, yet rewarding field. Challenging because there is inadequate funding, long and often times endless work hours, very high staff turnover due to the nature of the work; and child welfare is a field often subjected to public scrutiny and criticism as a result of the sensitive nature of the work we do.

March is National Social Worker's Month
March is National Social Worker's Month and we would like to thank the many devoted individuals in the community that serve our children and families and are committed to improving the quality of life of Brevard's most vulnerable children.

Child welfare is a challenging and rewarding field for human services professionals that strive daily to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those who are in need. Because of their tireless work, many families have found hope and healing, and many children have found forever families and lasting connections.

Brevard Family Partnership and the local community applaud the diligence of child protection professionals and community partners and thank them for protecting children, strengthening families, and changing lives!

Throughout March, social workers photos and quotes will be featured on Brevard Family Partnership's Facebook page. Please join us in celebrating these people who work tirelessly on behalf of vulnerable children in Brevard. Please "like" our Facebook page to join in the celebration and be sure to tell them thank you!
Child Abuse Prevention Task Force
The Child Abuse Prevention Task Force (CAPTF) of Brevard County was developed to facilitate strategies within the Brevard County community to prevent child abuse and neglect by impacting parents and their parenting practices.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and CAPTF will hold several events throughout the month to raise awareness.
Please join the CAPTF and member agencies at Squid Lips Overwater Grill on Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 5-8p.m. The evening will feature a dine-in event, proclamation reading, children's activities and boat regatta. Learn more here.
Child Abuse Prevention Task Force Recognition Banquet
Early registration is now open for the 20th Annual Child Abuse Prevention Task Force Recognition Banquet.

Guest Speaker: Jamie Tworkowski
Founder of To Write Love on Her Arms
Thursday, April 28, 2016  
C rowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront
2605 North A1A Melbourne, FL 32903  
5:30 p.m.:  Cocktail Hour
6:45 p.m.: Program Begins  

Register early to save!
 Early Registration
$35 per person or $250 for a table of 8 through March 31, 2016
General Registration
 $50 per person or $350 per table of 8
For additional information and registration, please click here
National Wraparound Conference Registration Open

Registration is NOW OPEN for the National Wraparound Conference in Melbourne Beach, Florida on
June 7-9, 2016!

Join System of Care professionals and Wraparound experts and pioneers from across the U.S. and Canada for a conference that will empower individuals and partnerships, and provide an inclusive and dynamic forum to foster peer networks, share information, and build skills while facilitating interactive dialogue and discussion around the Wraparound Communities of Practice

Learn more about the National Wraparound Conference online here.
Trauma Informed Care & Positive Youth Development Summit
Lucas Boyce
Over 200 child advocacy leaders came together to attend our Trauma Informed Care - Positive Youth Development Summit. Attendees learned how a trauma informed community can create positive outcomes for youth. Keynote speakers included former foster youth Lucas Boyce, Lydia Joyner, and Davina Alexandra who shared their success stories with the audience.  
Lydia Joyner, Patricia Nellius,  Davina Alexandra
Special guest speaker, Leonard Burton from the Center for the Study of Social Policy spoke about the framework of the Youth Thrive program.      
BFP Employee Recognition
Patricia Nellius and Silvia Perez
Congratulations to Silvia Perez for being recognized as the recipient of the 'Linda Marshall Leading Light Award'. The award is given annually to a BFP employee who adheres to the organization's mission and vision, values, and principles of practice, possesses strong leadership qualities, has a collaborative spirit and represents the agency in a positive manner.
Hilary Farnum and Patricia Nellius

Also, congratulations to Hilary Farnum for being recognized as the recipient of the 'Peer Recognition Award'! The award is given to a BFP employee who is a collaborative team player, demonstrates innovative and creative abilities in their work,  exudes a positive attitude and goes above and beyond.
We Need Your Help
 To help reduce program expenses, Brevard Family Partnership needs the donation of supplies, services and/or equipment that are regularly used in our programs.  

Some of our current needs include:
  • Bicycles for children and youth in care
  • Laptops/Tablets for youth
  • Toddler bed
  • Air mattresses
  • Diapers (all sizes)
  • Donations for summer camp fees
  • Grocery store gift cards
Should you have any of these items and would like to donate them to our organization, please contact Jennifer Secor, Senior Director of Advancement at (321) 752-4650 Ext. 3015 or Jennifer.Secor@brevardfp.org
With your donation of any item on this list, you actively become a part of our mission to protect children, strengthen families and change lives. 

Brevard Family Partnership
2301 W. Eau  Gallie Blvd., Suite 104
Melbourne, FL 32904
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