August 2018
Message from BFP Executive Director, Valerie Holmes
Back to School Success

The beginning of the school year is an exciting time, but it can also be filled with stress and anxiety. Apprehension and fear of the unknown can make the back to school event a challenging one for the entire family.

To support this transition, ensure that children have access to caring adults, the centerpieces of children's development, who give positive and productive guidance. To promote intellectual and emotional development, children need physical and psychological safety at home, at school and in the community. This "safe place" provides an environment that supports and encourages inquiry, exploration, and play without fear of harm.

Healthy and well-nourished children are more able to develop their minds and bodies to concentrate, learn and thrive throughout their school years. The following steps help prepare families to ease into the transition as smoothly as possible:

1) Set a Routine -Setting routines for mornings and evenings, including nutritious meals and an early bedtime, helps children cope with stressors. Routines also help to make children feel comfortable and stable in their environment, resulting in more cooperative behavior both in and out of school.

Back to School Resources
We would like to wish all students, teachers and staff members the best of luck for a successful 2018-2019 school year!  Below please find back to school resources to assist with the transition.       
HUG: Help Us Give
Protecting children and strengthening families is the responsibility of every member of the community.
While not everyone can be a foster parent, we can all co ntribute in some way to help a child or family in need.
  Ready to Make a Difference In the Life of a Child?
Contact our Recruitment Specialist to find out additional information at 321.752.4650 x3031 or
Foster a Teen.  Foster a Future.
Teens in foster care are just like anyone else. They want a family and place to call home. They need a strong, stable, and caring adult like you, who will help them reach their potential and thrive. 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 x3031 or .
Decades in Revue: Save the Date
Save the Date for the 
4th Annual Decades in Revue Lip Sync Battle!  
On Saturday, October 20, 2018, the biggest stars of Brevard County will take the stage to lip sync and perform a song inspired by this year's theme, the "Slammin' 70's".

Inspired by the original Jimmy Fallon "Lip Sync Battle", this feature fundraiser for Brevard Family Partnership, will raise funds to help Brevard's most vulnerable children.

Save the Date!
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Melbourne Hilton Rialto Place 
6:00 - 10:00 p.m. 
Stay tuned for more details! 
Youth Thrive Summit
Our annual Trauma Informed Care & Positive Youth Development Summit was held on June 22, 2018.  Attendees learned about the five Youth Thrive Protective and Promotive Factors that increase the likelihood that adolescents will develop into healthy, thriving adults; and how a trauma informed community can create positive outcomes for youth.
Our keynote address was delivered by Jarred Vermillion, QBE & James Clark, QBE. From darkness to greatness, James and Jarred shared their ICAN journeys. From a life sentence of poverty, system involvement, substance use and violence to greatness.  
Additionally, members of our Brevard Youth Leadership Council and supportive adults shared their experiences in an engaging panel discussion.  Attendees also had the opportunity to hear from Angela Oliver-Burgess, with Smile for Budgie, regarding the Brevard Youth Leadership Academy and Council, Christine Williams-Kelly, with Brevard Family Partnership, on the Voice and Choice Approach to Care, and Mike Williams, with Florida Coalition for Children, on the One Voice IMPAACT initiative.   
The event was inspiring and engaging for everyone!  Thank you to all of our speakers, attendees and volunteers for helping to make the summit a huge success! 
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Training Corner

Non-Abusive Psychological and Physical Intervention (NAPPI)

NAPPI Training is being rolled out as a required training for all foster parents. Relative/Non-Relative caregivers and group home staff are invited to attend as well. NAPPI training is intended to provide skills to caregivers for managing difficult behaviors.

REQUIRED RSVP to Monica Martin at 321-752-4650 x 3026 or

8/21/2018: 6:00-7:30pm, Eau Gallie Board Room, Recertification
9/11/2018: 6:00-7:30pm, Rockledge, Central Care Center, Training Room, Recertification
9/25/2018: 6:00-9:00pm, Eau Gallie Board Room, Initial Certification

Click here for additional training opportunities.
Employee Spotlight
As our Family of Agencies continue to grow and expand, we would like to introduce you to some of our amazing team members.  Each month, we will be highlighting one of our employees serving on the current Leadership Team. This month we will be highlighting Aisha Lewis.

Which Agency do you work for?
Brevard C.A.R.E.S.
How long have you worked for the above agency?
Three years
What is your current title?  
Diversion Care Coordinator
Briefly explain what you do in your current role (2-3 sentences):  
My duties as a care coordinator are to manage a caseload of families served in a Non Judicial in home services protective supervision. My job is to help strengthen families, develop case plans that fit their needs and help connect services in the community.
Have you ever been in any other role within the agency? 
Yes, acting supervisor;  member of the Leadership Team; member of the Risk Prevention Management Performance Quality Improvement. 
What is your favorite thing about working here?
Being a part of a team and helping families get to the next level.
What do you like to do in your spare time? 
I enjoy reading, spending time with my children, coordinating events, decorating, and pampering myself.
Who/what inspires you? Why? 
Throughout my career, I have had several supervisors who have been my role models that encourage me when I wanted to give up, helped strengthen my working skills, and were open to sharing their knowledge and expertise.
If you were a color crayon what color would you be? Why? 
Purple. Purple represents devotion, power, peace and ambition to name a few.
These characteristics fit my personality  because whenever I start something I have a strong desire to complete it. I don't like confrontation; I prefer working together and being at peace. 
Brevard Family Partnership
2301 W. Eau  Gallie Blvd., Suite 104
Melbourne, FL 32935
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