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March 2017
Message from the CEO
March is National Social Work Month. It is a time set aside to recognize and celebrate child welfare professionals who have dedicated their lives and careers to serving others. Child welfare is a rewarding and challenging field, one that often tests those serving at the deepest core. At times it may feel like a thankless job, where those who sacrifice so much, receive little gratitude for their efforts.

Those who are called to the field of child welfare share a common thread that binds them together, a deep desire to help those in need and to make a lasting and meaningful difference in the lives of those in need in our community. Oft times at the expense of their own families and personal lives.

Child welfare professionals meet families in their greatest time of need with a wide range of problems anywhere from stress, addiction, mental health issues, poverty, lack of support, domestic violence, and a host of many other complex issues.

In Brevard, we are fortunate to have the most dedicated child welfare professionals serving in our System of Care. These are individuals who have chosen a field that demands much. They are dedicated, committed and make many personal sacrifices to support and strengthen children, youth, and families in need.

BFP Celebrates National Social Work Month
In honor of National Social Work Month, 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 those who work tirelessly on behalf of vulnerable children in Brevard.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The Child Abuse Prevention Task Force (CAPTF) of Brevard County will hold several events throughout the month to raise awareness.

CAPTF was developed to facilitate strategies within the Brevard County community to prevent child abuse and neglect by impacting parents and their parenting practices. 

The pinwheel has become the National symbol for child abuse prevention. It represents hope, health and happiness for children everywhere. It represents our efforts to ensure the healthy development of all children.
Please join us during the month of April at any or all of the upcoming Child Abuse Prevention Month activities in our community.
Child Abuse Prevention Task Force Recognition Banquet
Early registration is now open for the Child Abuse Prevention Task Force Recognition Banquet. Join us as we recognize members of our community who are making a world of difference in the lives of the at-risk children and families in Brevard County.
    Early Registration: March 13 - April 14 
$30 per person or $275 per table of 10
General Registration: April 15 - April 21, 2017
$35 per person or $325 per table of 10
Register online here 
Trauma Informed Care & Positive Youth Development Summit
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 Josh Shipp, Ashley Rhodes-Courter, and Derek Clark, who shared their success stories with the audience.  

Special guest speaker, Sarah Greenblatt, from the Center for the Study of Social Policy spoke about the framework of the Youth Thrive program.
Foster Together.  Foster a Future.
At a time when they need stability and security, to separate a child from their brother or sister can cause distress and adversely impact their sense of well-being. However, we simply don't have enough foster homes to keep siblings together. That's why we need your help.
Become a foster parent.
Contact our Recruitment Specialist to find out additional information at 321.752.4650 x3034 or foster@brevardfp.org.
Special Thank You
We would like to give a special thank you to the Greater Allen Chapel AME Women's Quilter Group for donating 20 quilts for our foster children. We greatly appreciate your generosity!
Brevard Family Partnership
2301 W. Eau  Gallie Blvd., Suite 104
Melbourne, FL 32935
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