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October 2016
Message from the CEO
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month, a time for us to speak openly and courageously about the prevalence and effects of domestic violence, in an effort to increase awareness to make our homes, community, and country, a safer place to reside.

Some think Domestic Violence only happens to someone else, but in reality it can touch any of us. It may surface among our friends, family and neighbors; and any one of our families can fall prey. For this reason, it is vitally important to arm and educate ourselves to be prepared to intervene on behalf of our loved ones, neighbors, friends and colleagues.

It was 18 years ago when my family was impacted by the effects of domestic violence. My daughter was 20 years old at the time. She was dating a young man who presented as quite charming at first; but unbeknownst to us, had a history of violent outbursts and dating violence that we only discovered when it began to surface in our family. It was over a 2 year period of my daughter dating this young man that the signs of domestic violence began to surface and became increasingly more concerning over time.

I trust that by sharing my experience, it will give others the courage to speak out and step up.
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Halloween Safety Tips
For young children, Halloween night is one of the best of the year. According to the latest U.S. Census data, there are about 41 million potential trick-or-treaters between the ages of 5 and 14. That's a lot of kids out on the streets partaking in the holiday festivities; and where children go, safety concerns follow.  Here are some Halloween safety tips from Brevard C.A.R.E.S. Executive Director Phebe Powell.
Trick-or-treating can be dangerous if kids and parents aren't careful. Many communities have posted times for trick-or-treating. For those that don't, remember that you don't have to wait until it is pitch-black outside to go trick-or-treating. A good trick-or-treat time is right after an early dinner and just before dusk when you can keep better track of your children and are able to see the others that you encounter on the street. Besides, if you are the first person there, you will have the best selection of candy!
Parents should be aware of the potential risks that can affect children. On Halloween, kids are enjoying new sensations and experiences that are fun, but distracting. They're wearing unusual outfits. They may be wearing headgear such as a crown or pirate hat, or wearing face paint. Also, they are suddenly at liberty to venture outdoors in these ensembles, knock on doors, and maybe munch on some candy while they're at it.
Keeping your kids safe starts with some smart choices. Parents can start by making sure trick-or-treaters have adult supervision, even if they are traveling with a group of friends. Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
Safe Kids Worldwide recommends several easy and effective behaviors that can help parents reduce risk of injury Learn More  »
Would You Consider Fostering a Teen?
Teens in foster care are just like anyone else. They want a family to call their own. They need a strong, stable, and caring adult like you, who will help them become the people they want to be.  Make a difference in the life of a teen in our community.  Become a foster parent.

Contact our Recruitment Specialist to find out additional information at 321.752.4650 x3034 or foster@brevardfp.org.

Training Corner
training_worldcloud.jpg Brevard Family Partnership continually offers progressive, educational programs to ensure that our staff members, providers, and partners receive training on relevant topics that will advance their foundations of knowledge.
Some of the recent training opportunities offered by BFP include:
Non-Abusive Psychological and Physical Intervention (NAPPI)
NAPPI training teaches caregivers to focus on the Verbal skills, Assessment, Prevention and Management of confused, unpredictable, and aggressive youth.
This session is designed to train staff/caregivers how to:
*             Assess the potential for difficult behavior.
*             Be prepared at all times.
*             Prevent confused and 'unpredictable' behavior.
*             Provide high quality care to youth with difficult behaviors.
Moving the Margins (LGBTQ Youth In Care)
Moving the Margins training is intended to provide training on building the capacity, awareness and skills of child welfare practitioners to better serve and respond to the needs of the LGBTQ population of youth in care. The training curriculum comes from the University of Miami School of Law and Lambda Legal in Washington DC.
Special Thank You
Thank you to the Kiwanis Club of Rockledge Florida for their generous donation of DVD's for our Care Center visitation rooms! 
T he club has "adopted" BFP as one of their charity of choices and have planned a mission every month for the remainder of the year to benefit BFP, specific to the current needs of the agency. We greatly appreciate your continued support!  
Brevard Family Partnership
2301 W. Eau  Gallie Blvd., Suite 104
Melbourne, FL 32935
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