National Social Worker Month - Celebrating Those Who Care for Our Children and Families
Brevard Family Partnership thanks the many individuals who make it their mission to care for our most vulnerable children and families. March is National Social Workers Month and this year's theme, "All People Matter" recognizes that everyone has the right and potential to lead a productive and fulfilling life. Social workers believe in the importance of human relationships in civil society, and that each person has dignity and worth. Social workers help people in their personal and interpersonal lives in order to achieve social improvement, and pursue social change to benefit a wide variety of individuals, families and communities.
Brevard's team of social workers are embedded in our community and work tirelessly to keep children safe and families together and we thank them for everything they do!
For more information about National Social Worker Month, visit www.socialworkers.org.
2014 National Wraparound Conference "Waves of Change in Wraparound and Systems of Care" - Hundreds of Child and Family Serving Professionals Coming to Cocoa Beach
Brevard Family Partnership and the National Center for Innovation and Excellence present the 2014 National Wraparound Conference: Waves of Change in Wraparound and Systems of Care.
March 11-13, 2014, Cocoa Beach, FL
This conference will empower individuals and partnerships, providing an inclusive and dynamic forum to foster peer networks, share information, and build skills while facilitating interactive dialogue and discussion.
New law allows young adults to remain in foster care until 21st birthday
Prompts need for more Brevard foster parents
The Florida Department of Children and Families, along with Brevard Family Partnership and Community Based Care partner organizations across the state, welcomed the New Year with a new law that provides teens who turn 18 while in foster care the opportunity to remain in foster care. The new law, which took effect January 1 is meant to model a structure more similar to the families of teens not in foster care but home with their biological parents.
IN THE NEWS
6 Siblings Remain Together in Their New Forever Home
12 children and teens, including a sibling group of six brothers and sisters joined their new "Forever Families" at BFP's annual Celebration of Adoption in recognition of National Adoption Month on November 22.
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BFP communications staff receive local awards - Ropert recognized as PR Professional of the Year – Strodtman is Rising Star
Two members of Brevard Family Partnership’s communication team have been recognized by the Space Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association for their work and contributions to the profession and in the local community. Geo A. Ropert, APR, BFP’s director of communications received the chapter’s highest honor, Public Relations Professional of the Year for his cumulative work in the field of public relations and his recent role in raising awareness of and participation in the programs and services available through Brevard Family Partnership. Stephanie Strodtman, manager of BFP's National Center for Innovation and Excellence received the chapter’s Rising Star award, presented to a member who has made significant contributions to the chapter in a short amount of time.
BFP Signs 5-Year $100M Contract with DCF
Brevard Family Partnership has completed negotiations with the Florida Department of Children and Families and has received a new, five-year contract to manage the child welfare system of care in Brevard County. Signed with just days before its FY 2013 contract was to expire, BFP can now negotiate and execute ongoing leases and secure contracted child welfare services, purchase necessary insurance, and perform other fiduciary responsibilities it has as the county’s lead agency for child welfare. Read More>>>
Newsroom and Archives
The BFP Newsroom contains issues of our monthly E-News, archives of press releaseses and articles, videos, and a variety of publications helpful to the media and consumers.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
Annual Advocate Awards April 18 - Nominations Now Being Accepted
Each April, as our System of Care calls attention to preventing child abuse and neglect, the Child Abuse Prevention Task Force of Brevard recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations that have made significant contributions to the safety and well-being of children.
The 18th annual Child Abuse Prevention Awards Breakfast will take place on Friday, April 18 at Suntree Country Club. The event will begin with networking at 8:30 a.m. and breakfast beginning at 9:00 a.m. followed by the recognition and awards ceremony. Click the links below to nominate candidates for the Child Abuse Prevention Awards and to make your reservations to attend and support those who care for our most vulnerable children.
A Message from the CEO
Many of you may have seen the press coverage of Davion, the young man in foster care from St. Petersburg, Florida who recently attended the St. Mark’s Missionary Baptist Church and shared his heart’s desire to find a family to love and embrace him as their own. "'I'll take anyone," Davion told the congregation, "Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don't care. And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be!"
Since his recent plea for an adoptive family, over 1,000 phone calls have been received by the local Community Based Care agency from potential adoptive parents inquiring about Davion. The widespread response to this young man’s plea to find a “forever home” reveals the potential to solve the problem of children and youth aging out of foster care without a family to call their own.
Upcoming activities in your community
National Wraparound Conference
March 11-13, 2014
Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront Hotel
Child Abuse Prevention Task Force of Brevard's 18th annual Child Abuse Prevention Awards Breakfast
Friday, April 18, 2014
7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Suntree Country Club
Child Protection Transformation
Child Protection Transformation is a multi-year project, in partnership with the Florida Department of Children and Families, designed to address identified concerns with Florida's child protection system. The vision is to transform Florida's child welfare system of care to work more effectively with children and families towards achieving child safety.
The goal of the project is to:
♦ Improve and permanently changed business practices and consistent safety decision making;
♦ Reduce re-investigations and re-abuse;
♦ Make systems integration and technology improvements for efficiency;
♦ Maintain a professionalized and stabilized workforce; and
♦ Achieve higher quality casework and better outcomes for children and families.
Florida’s Department of Children and Families invites you to participate in a Live Web Event: Safety Plan Workshop
With Barry Salovitz
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
9:00am – 12:00pm (Eastern)
Click here to Register
The Department of Children and Families invites you to participate in this live statewide web training. This training will help participants understand: What is a Quality Safety Plan? How are quality safety plans developed, re-evaluated and used for sound decision-making in child safety? These and other critical issues will be addressed.
A Summary of the Child Protection Transformation Project
Child Protection Transformation Project - Community Based Care
Introduction to Transformation Functionality
Project Status Report-Week Ending April 19, 2013
Interested in Volunteering?
BFP seeks volunteers to support agency services, programs, outreach
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, supporting local children and families, and raising awareness of the local System of Care that serves the community.
Several opportunities exist for volunteer participation within Brevard Family Partnership and its abuse prevention and family preservation program, Brevard C.A.R.E.S.
Alliance for Children and Families Training Opportunities
Brevard Family Partnership recently became a member of The Alliance for Children and Families.
Brevard Family Partnership
is a COA Accredited Agency