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FSFN Information

FSFN Corner Information for Foster and Adoptive Parents, and Independent Living Youth 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 […]

Florida Legislature Reduces BFP Funding – Cuts May Affect Programs/Services

An amendment introduced into Florida Senate Bill 2146 late in the second to last day of the 2011 Florida legislative session has passed both the House and Senate. The amendment creates a CBC Equity Funding statute (F.S. 409.16713) that will result in significant funding reductions for Brevard County’s child welfare system of care, effective July 1, 2011. […]

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DCF Urges Floridians to Be Aware of the Dangers of Human Trafficking

CONTACT: DCF Communications (850) 488-4855 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 […]

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Over 400 Walk for Love at the Avenue

Over 400 Walk for Love at the Avenue – Event raises awareness about child adoptions in Brevard By Geo A. Ropert, APR MELBOURNE, FL – 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 […]

Viera adoption ceremony unites new families

By Rick Neale, FLORIDA TODAY – Online Story and Photos VIERA — 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 […]

13 Brevard children find families for National Adoption Month

By: Greg Pallone – Central Florida News 13 VIERA – Nov. 18, 2010 – 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 […]

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Honor grandparents raising grandkids – FL Today Sept. 12, 2010

Honor grandparents raising grandkids – “Your Views” Florida Today Newspaper – September 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, […]

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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. http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/reforms-help-states-cut-541777.html

Op-Ed Florida Children Receive Hope for a Better, Safer Future

The Capital Outlook Florida Children Receive Hope for a Better, Safer Future By Secretary George H. Sheldon, Florida Department of Children and Families 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 […]

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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, […]