MELBOURNE, FL – September 30, 2010 – For the second consecutive year Brevard Family Partnership has been named one of the “Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces” by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.  BFP ranked tenth in the Top 100 Small Employer (1-100 employees) category.

 Rankings for the fourth annual Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces are determined by an analysis of a company’s adoption benefits, such as financial reimbursement and paid leave available to its employees who adopt.  The Foundation compiled the results from survey data collected from nearly 500 U.S. employers and partnered withEmployee Benefit News, a SourceMedia publication that is the leading source of information for benefits decision makers, to announce the winners.

“We are honored to have again been chosen as a Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace by the Dave Thomas Foundation,” said Brevard Family Partnership CEO, Dr. Patricia Nellius-Guthrie.  “As the lead agency for child welfare services, we are committed to providing our employees with the resources that will assist them in becoming adoptive parents to a child who needs the love and safety of a ‘forever’ home, just as we do for the many adoptive parents we serve throughout Brevard.”

 Today, 83 children in Brevard are either available for or in the process of adoption; in the U.S. more than 114,000 who reside in foster care are available for adoption. Most will spend nearly four years in the child welfare system before they are adopted. The release of the list helps the Foundation increase foster care adoption awareness, while celebrating those businesses that support adoptive families.

To view all of the honorees, visit