Brevard Family Partnership To Reorganize Family of Agencies In Response to Growth and Expansion

MELBOURNE, FL – September 26, 2017 – We are pleased to announce that Brevard Family Partnership (BFP) is reorganizing its Family of Agencies in response to the growth and expansion the agency has experienced over the past 10 years. The Board has determined this shift will strengthen the Family of Agencies as BFP continues to innovate and grow a state of the art child and family serving system in Brevard County. Instead of a single CEO leading BFP and managing multiple agencies, each agency will transition to having a dedicated Executive Director. This will provide increased executive oversight, strategic leadership, and engagement while most importantly, ensuring a quality service delivery system for those entrusted to our care.

The reorganization will be tightly managed to ensure continuity and will occur in stages beginning October 1, 2017, upon the retirement of the current CEO, Dr. Patricia Nellius. Per succession planning and standard policy, the Board has approved the appointment of Jim Carlson to Interim CEO to manage the Family of Agencies and Valerie Holmes to Executive Director of BFP to manage the Child Welfare Lead Agency.

Starting in October, the Board will begin an organizational design process followed by a national talent search to identify permanent CEO candidates to oversee the Family of Agencies. To ensure continuity and stability throughout the transition, we are pleased to announce Dr. Patricia Nellius has agreed to serve as consultant to the Board during the organizational design, reorganization, and talent search process.

Dr. Nellius joined BFP in May of 2004 to establish Brevard’s lead child welfare agency. Under her leadership, BFP has touched over 35,000 children’s lives and operates a full continuum of nationally recognized, exemplary child welfare services with a Family of Agencies including the nationally recognized Evidence Based Practice program Brevard C.A.R.E.S., the National Center for Innovation and Excellence, and our newest enterprise, Family Allies, Inc.

BFP was fortunate to acquire a nationally recognized, innovative leader in Dr. Nellius. We appreciate Dr. Nellius’ exemplary leadership and commitment to BFP and her passion and focus in protecting children, strengthening families, and changing lives. She leaves a strong legacy, which will serve our organization well as we move into the future. We wish her well in her retirement and look forward to having her expertise and support through the transition.

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.