April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month - Activities in Brevard Will Raise Awareness of Abuse Prevention Efforts
To promote awareness of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Child Abuse Prevention Task Force of Brevard County will host several events and activities to spread a community-wide message that everyone can help prevent child abuse and neglect. The official kick-off for the month’s events and awareness-raising campaign will took place on Saturday, April 5 at Squid Lips Overwater Grill. The event included activities for children, family entertainment, a boat regatta, and a reading by Brevard County Commissioner, Trudie Infantini of a proclamation by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners declaring April Child Abuse Prevention Month in Brevard. Squid Lips donated a portion of the proceeds from all food sales during the event to the CAPTF. More events are scheduled through the month, including CAPTF's annual Child Abuse Prevention Awards Breakfast on Friday, April 18 at Suntree Country Club.
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Advocacy Team Returns from Children's Week in Tallahassee
A team of advocates from Brevard County have returned from Tallahassee where they met with state legislators to raise awareness of the need for a strong, community-based care system for abused and neglected children. The trip was conducted in conjunction with Children’s Week, an annual recognition of important children’s issues in Florida that calls to attention to childhood health, safety and development. The team, which included a foster family, an adoptive family and a former foster youth who is now an adult participating in Brevard’s Independent Living program, were joined by board members and staff from Brevard Family Partnership, Brevard County’s lead agency for child welfare and Brevard C.A.R.E.S. its child abuse prevention and family preservation organization.
BFP Selects IMPOWER to Provide Case Management Services
Brevard Family Partnership announced that Central Florida based IMPOWER was selected to provide case management services to children in court-ordered dependency (foster care) beginning July 1, 2014.
Wraparound Conference Draws International Attendance
Brevard Family Partnership and The National Center for Innovation & Excellence recently hosted its second national Wraparound conference in Cocoa Beach, FL. Over 300 social service professionals from 32 U.S. states, Canada and three African nations attended to learn more about the latest advancements and best practices in the child abuse prevention and family preservation model.
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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>>>
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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
Making Meaningful Connections
Brevard County is a great place to live, work and raise a family. Yet, not all of our children are fortunate enough to experience the safety and stability of growing up in a family that loves, nurtures and protects them. In these instances, it is the responsibility of all to protect children, strengthen families and change lives.
National Child Abuse Prevention Month is April, a special time set aside to recognize the important role that communities play in protecting their children.
Upcoming activities in your community
2014 Disabilities Training Conference: Advocating for Children in Florida’s Dependency System
The Florida Guardian ad Litem Program (GAL) invites you to join us at the 2014 Disabilities Training Conference: Advocating for Children in Florida’s Dependency System to be held May 22 - 23, 2014, at the JW Marriott, Grande Lakes Orlando. This first of its kind conference will bring together attorneys ad litem, attorneys and non-attorneys and others from government agencies and as well as private attorneys who work with dependent children with disabilities in an effort to:
- Advance attorney advocacy and courtroom skills to ensure the best outcomes for dependent children with disabilities.
- Better understand government agencies and how they work together to more efficiently and effectively improve outcomes for dependent children with disabilities.
- Develop connections among participants and agencies to more effectively and efficiently determine appropriate resources for dependent children with disabilities.
- Share best practices across agencies to create better outcomes for dependent children with disabilities.
Thursday, May 22, 2014 - Friday, May 23, 2014
JW Marriott Grande Lakes
4040 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando, Florida 32837
Conference Registration Fees
Early Registration $160.00 by April 30th
Regular Registration $195.00 after April 30th
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.
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