Brevard Family Partnership Exceeds Goal
By Space Coast Daily // June 15, 2012
(VIDEO: Brevard Family Partnership)
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – For the seventh straight year, Brevard Family Partnership, working in concert with its case management agencies, Children’s Home Society of Florida and Devereux Florida, and adoption partner, Intervention Services, Inc. has exceeded its goal for adoptions of children in foster care.
With time still left in its current fiscal year, which ends June 30, 62 children of all ages have been joined with families.
The 2012 goal for Brevard, as set by the Florida Department of Children and Families, was to find permanent homes for 60 children. Another eight children are in the final stages of the adoption process and BFP hopes to have them joined with their new families by the end of the month.
“This is a testament to the incredible families of Brevard, who have lovingly opened their hearts and homes to children in need of permanency,” said Brevard Family Partnership’s CEO, Dr. Patricia Nellius.
“These children now have a place they can call ‘home’ with a forever family.”
Brevard County’s Lead Child Welfare Agency
Established in 2004 by a Legislative mandate to privatize foster care and related services in Florida, Brevard Family Partnership is Brevard County’s lead child welfare agency.
Working in partnership with over 70 community organizations, its mission is to protect children, strengthen families and change lives through the prevention of child abuse and the operation and management of a comprehensive, integrated, community-based system of care for abused, abandoned and neglected children, and their families.
Since 2006, BFP and its partners have united 531 children with ‘Forever Families’ – as adoptive families are called – giving youngsters whose parents could no longer care for them the safety and stability of a permanent and lasting family connection.
“Every child that is adopted is one more of Brevard’s children with a chance for a bright future,” Nellius said.
Children available for adoption in Brevard County range in age from birth to seventeen years. Currently, there is a need for families in Brevard interested in adopting teenagers and sibling groups.
For more information about adopting a child in foster care, call Brevard Family Partnership at 321-752-4650 or log on to HeartGalleryBrevard.org.