Brevard Family Partnership Exceeds Goal for Child Adoptions

MELBOURNE, FL – August 16, 2017

Brevard Family Partnership (BFP) has exceeded the goal for child adoptions finalized for fiscal year 2016-2017.  BFP works in conjunction with IMPOWER, who provides overlay adoption case management services to achieve permanency for children who have been permanently removed from their home and reside in foster, relative, or kinship care.

The agency’s adoption goal for the year was 67 adoptions, which was exceeded with a total of 98 adoptions finalized between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.  Several agencies within Brevard worked collaboratively to identify unique ways to help find permanency for the youth, including child-specific recruitment events, mentor families for older youth, participating in permanency round tables, and locating biological families that had previously lost their rights and engaging them to allow for potential placement as a non-relative.

The IMPOWER adoption team is comprised of Dana Whitson, Adoptions Supervisor, Tina Reina, Adoption Support Coordinator, Steve Glywasky, Adoption Support Coordinator, and William (Bill) Marallo, Adoption Recruiter.  The team works alongside Brevard Family Partnership’s Director of Intake, Jessica Ayala, and Staff Attorney, Patrice Grier.

Brevard Family Partnership has facilitated the adoption of over 900 children in our community since inception.

To learn additional information about providing a “forever home” for children in foster care system, please call Brevard Family Partnership at 321-752-4650 or visit

About Brevard Family Partnership

Established in 2003 as a non-profit organization in response to the Legislative mandate to privatize foster care and related services in Florida (Section 409.986, Florida Statutes), Brevard Family Partnership is Brevard County’s lead child welfare agency. The agency was subsequently awarded the contract, through the Florida Department of Children and Families, to manage Brevard County’s child welfare system. Working in partnership with over 50 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.


Melissa Breckenridge
Brevard Family Partnership, Public Relations Manager
2301 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Ste. 104
Melbourne, FL  32935
Phone: 321-752-4650 ext. 3047