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Sep. 13, 2013 - Foster Parent Success Story: The Ericksons

When Vicki Erickson joined Devereux Florida’s foster parent program seven years ago, it was simply to provide respite care for her sister’s foster children. At the time, she never imagined becoming a full-time foster parent herself.

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Aug. 1, 2013 - Space Coast FPRA to Honor PR Professional of the Year

MELBOURNE, Fla. – July 29, 2103 – The Space Coast Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association will honor its Public Relations Professional of the Year, Geo A. Ropert, APR, at its annual dinner on Tuesday, August 22, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Duran Golf Club’s Tradewinds Restaurant – 7032 Stadium Parkway, in Viera.

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Jun. 25, 2013 - Foster Parent Highlight - Sheri Vincent

Sheri Vincent has been a foster parent since April 2011. “It has been a lot of fun,” she says, “and I have met many different types of children during this time.” Sheri always wanted to be a foster parent, but didn’t know if she would qualify. She was friends with a family whose child was going to be removed by the Department of Children and Families.

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May. 13, 2013 - Foster Parent Heroes - Vazques & Maldonado

At an early age, Idalia Vazquez felt the need to give back. While living in New York, she would give food to the homeless every afternoon because it was in her heart to give. One day, she was approached by a gentleman who explained to Idalia what it meant to be a foster pare.nt. She felt it was a calling from God.

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Apr. 30, 2013 - BFP to host video contest for Independent Living Youth

You’re Already A Star! Now Tell Us How You Do it! As one of Brevard’s young adults in Independent Living, we want to know what you think about the current program and what we could do to make it better. We’d also like to hear your story and what you’ve done to build yourself a promising future!

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Apr. 25, 2013 - Brevard Family Partnership April 2013 Newsletter

April 2013 Newsletter

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Mar. 20, 2013 - Florida Youth Leadership Academy welcomes Trenton!

The Department of Children and Families recently welcomed 21 members as the sixth class of the Florida Youth Leadership Academy. Among the new members is Trenton Miller, a 17 year old young man from Brevard's own Crosswinds Independent Living Youth program.

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Sep. 13, 2012 - Intervention Services received Angels in Adoption Award

Rep. Sandy Adams (FL-24) announced today that Intervention Services, Inc. (ISI) of Orlando was selected as Florida’s 24th District Angels in Adoption™ winner for 2012.

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Sep. 10, 2012 - BFP, CHS, Devereux host Candidate Forum at Brevard Zoo

Three of Brevard’s leading child-serving organizations hosted a Candidate Forum on Friday, September 14, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. at the Brevard Zoo.

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Sep. 5, 2012 - KLD to Host Red Carpet Event for Former Foster Youth/Filmmaker Lydia Joyner

Walla Walla Bing Bang Productions and KLD are proud to present A Red Carpet Event to promote former foster youth turned filmmaker, Lydia Joyner and her feature film, Sunny Lane. Hosted by Café Unique located in Cocoa Village, Cocoa, on Thursday, October 18, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.

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Sep. 3, 2012 - Pizza Gallery and Grill is now listing Guardian ad Litem as a cause

Pizza Gallery and Grill is now listing Guardian ad Litem/Friends of Children of Brevard as one of its 10 causes for Causetown Tuesdays.

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Aug. 30, 2012 - From Foster Care to Filmmaker - Lydia Joyner to speak in Cocoa Beach

Merritt Island High alum & writer/director Lydia Joyner will share her experiences growing up in the foster care system and overcoming adversity to become a filmmaker at a special presentation at the Cocoa Beach Library on Sun., Sept. 30 @ 2:00pm. She has crafted her experiences into a feature film that will be produced this spring.

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Aug. 15, 2012 - Brevard Youth attend Myron Rolle Wellness and Leadership Academy

The Myron L. Rolle Foundation, in close association with the Department of Children and Families, provides an opportunity for 100 young adults from Florida’s out-of-home care system to participate in wellness and leadership activities.

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Jun. 13, 2012 - BFP leads state in dental care for foster children

Brevard Family Partnership, which oversees foster care services in Brevard County, leads the state in the percentage of youth now receiving dental care at 94 percent.

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Apr. 10, 2012 - County Commission Continues Support for BFP

The Brevard County Board of County Commissioners has endorsed Brevard Family Partnership and its locally developed and operated System of Care for abused and neglected children.

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Apr. 2, 2012 - Outpouring of Community Support for Abused Child and Siblings

There has been a tremendous outpouring of support for the youngsters who were recently removed from their Titusville home after suffering a prolonged period of abuse. We are happy to report that the children are in safe surroundings and receiving the support they need.

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Aug. 12, 2011 - 3,000 Adoptions of FL Children in Foster Care Last Year

Over the last four years, Florida has found adoptive families for nearly 14,000 foster care children — more than 3,000 of those were adopted last year alone. Still, roughly 800 foster children are waiting for loving parents to give them a permanent home and a bright future. The majority of children in foster care who dream of being adopted are teenagers.

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Jul. 1, 2011 - FSFN Information

Beginning July 1, 2011 the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families (DCF) mandated that each community based care agency contracting with DCF to process payments through Florida Safe Families Network (FSFN) for foster care room & board, maintenance adoption subsidies and independent living youth subsidies and program support, etc. prior to issuing checks and electronic funds transfers

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May. 10, 2011 - Florida Legislature Reduces BFP Funding - Cuts May Affect Programs/Services

A surprise, last-minute amendment to Senate Bill 2146 will reduce the core funding of certain Community Based Care agencies under the guise of creating funding "equity" and penalize high-performing agencies, including Brevard Family Partnership, that have successfully reduced the number of children in the formal dependency system.

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Jan. 7, 2011 - DCF Urges Floridians to Be Aware of the Dangers of Human Trafficking

Jan. 11 is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day TALLAHASSEE - Human trafficking is a devastating human rights violation and a human tragedy. In recognition of January 11, 2011, National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) urges all Floridians to learn more about human trafficking and join efforts to put an end to this horrific crime.

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Nov. 20, 2010 - Over 400 Walk for Love at the Avenue

The reading of a proclamation from the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners naming November 20 as “National Adoption Day in Brevard” kicked off Brevard Family Partnership’s fifth annual “Walk for Love” to raise awareness of Brevard County children who are available for adoption.

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Nov. 19, 2010 - 13 Brevard children find families for National Adoption Month

Thirteen children now have a reason to smile for the holidays: They’ve been adopted. At a special ceremony Thursday at the Brevard County Courthouse, the children were legally allowed to join their new families. November is National Adoption Month, and the ceremony was made possible by Brevard Family Partnership.

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Nov. 19, 2010 - Viera adoption ceremony unites new families

Nathan Ebel, a boisterous blond 2-year-old, grinned and clutched a tan stuffed puppy moments before joining his new family. But first, his future brother Travis, 11, had to stand before a judge and vow a solemn oath in a packed courtroom: "Do you promise, swear or affirm that you will help keep his room clean so he doesn't get in trouble?"

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Sep. 12, 2010 - Honor grandparents raising grandkids - FL Today Sept. 12, 2010

Today is Grandparents Day, set aside to honor and recognize the grandparents in our communities who guide, support and nurture their grandchildren. It’s also a time to recognize those special grandparents who act as primary caregivers to their grandchildren. In Brevard, over 6,300 children are being raised by their grandparents.

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Jun. 5, 2010 - Reforms help states cut foster-care populations

NEW YORK — No single youngster can be the poster child for America's foster care system, with its mix of happy endings and heartache. Yet Tatiana Fowler's smile, as she embraces the woman who adopted her, gives a hint at the groundswell of change that is altering that mix for the better.

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May. 5, 2010 - Op-Ed Florida Children Receive Hope for a Better, Safer Future

Florida is celebrating Family Reunification Week from May 2 to 8 with events across the state. We are honoring the Moms and Dads who worked successfully to complete a case plan under the watchful eyes of a judge and caseworker.

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Jan. 4, 2010 - DCF Moves Cocoa Office

The Florida Department of Children & Families ACCESS Application Center located at 705 Blake Avenue, Bldg E, Room ES8 in Cocoa will relocate to Byrd Plaza, 801 Dixon Blvd, Suite 1103 in Cocoa. The current Center will close at 3 p.m. on January 5, 2010, and the new Center will be open for business on January 7, 2010.

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Nov. 2, 2009 - Governor Crist Announces November as National Adoption Month

In recognition of National Adoption Month, Governor Charlie Crist today encouraged renewed focus on adopting teenagers from state foster care. Teenagers are one of the hardest-to-place groups of children in foster care.

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May. 11, 2009 - CBC of Brevard named one of America's best adoption-friendly workplaces

Community Based Care of Brevard, Brevard County’s lead child welfare agency announced it ranked sixth nationally, in the top 100 small employee group businesses (1-100 employees) on the Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces in America list, recently released by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

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