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Dear Friends,


May is National Foster Care Month and this year's theme is "Building Blocks Towards Permanent Families."  While this is a special time set aside for the much deserved recognition of our foster parent partners, it is important to acknowledge the vital role they play daily in the fulfillment of our mission and vision to "protect children, strengthen families and change lives."    

Celebrating Brevard's Foster Parents and Families 



May is National Foster Care Month and an opportunity for us to recognize the hundreds of foster parents in Brevard who open their hearts and homes to abused and neglected children and teens who are in need of temporary safe surroundings to heal and grow while their families work towards reunification.


Our community's foster families are committed to welcoming youth into their lives, treating them as members of their families and providing them with structure, guidance, support. Most of all, the offer a place a child can call home for a day, a month, a year or more. Through our Quality Parenting Initiative, foster parents learn how to address a child's emotional, health and educational needs, mitigate the effects of trauma a youth may have suffered, and assist in the reunification of a child and his or her family.


Each and every day, our foster parents and their families dedicate themselves to our most vulnerable children. For this, we can't say "Thank You" enough!


If you've ever considered becoming a foster parent and would like to learn more, visit the Foster Care - Fostering Hope section of our website or the National Foster Parent Association.


Foster Parent Spotlight: Shelley McKenzie


A Devereux foster parent since 2011, Shelley McKenzie (pictured with her son, Tyler) encourages her foster teens to be involved in the community and prepare for the future.

The idea of five teenagers in one house would seem daunting to even the bravest of parents. But for Shelley McKenzie, 55, it's a joy. Since becoming a foster parent in 2011, the Merritt Island mom has cared for nine children, most of them teenagers.


"When my husband Doug died in 2005, I got used to taking care of our two teenage sons myself. It was just the three of us," she explains, "But as they got older, they didn't need me as much. This big old house on two acres felt lonely. More importantly, I realized I had more love to give." 


But Shelley knew it wasn't a decision she should make on her own. She sat down with her sons, Tyler (20) and Travis (16), to discuss becoming a foster family. 


Read more >>> 

Recruitment and Retention of Foster Parents with Devereux



The Devereux Florida Child Placing Agency (CPA) is responsible for the recruitment, initial licensing, re-licensure, placement and day-to-day management of family foster homes in Brevard County through a contract with Brevard Family Partnership.  The program currently has 118 licensed family foster homes serving 182 of Brevard's children.


Recruitment and retention of quality foster families is an ongoing effort of Devereux Florida as the number of children entering care continues to grow.  


Read more >>> 

2014 Legislative Session Concludes


"Sine Die" and the traditional dropping of the white handkerchief concluded the 2014 Florida legislative session late in the evening on May 2. CBC agencies, as well as many of their board members, local foster and adoptive families, staff and lobbyists all made trips to Tallahassee to meet with legislators to advocate for adequate funding and fair and equitable legislation. Several bills were passed that will affect both the children and families we serve and the operations of DCF and CBCs.  


In This Issue
Welcome from CEO
National Foster Care Month
Foster Parent Spotlight
Recruitment and Retention of Foster Parents
2014 Legislative Session Concludes
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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
Julie Watwood, a foster parent with Devereux Florida, shared her story of assisting four siblings in finding their forever home with BFP's board of directors at their April meeting. Thank you Julie, for all you do for our children!


March 2014
Approved Re-licensed Homes
Michael & Tina Carrella
Alan & Wilmine Jean-Pierre
Armad & Yvette Ramkissoon
Steve & Ivory Murphy
Laverne & Frank McDonald
Kenz & Marlene Baptiste
Michael & Fran Robinson
Robert & Emily Strauss

New Licensed Homes
Elaine Andrews
Kerry Greenwell 
Congratulations! Thank you for your commitment to  Brevard's children.