Category: News and Articles

Central Florida Sees Greater Need for Foster Families During the Pandemic

Brevard County, FL – Another troubling result of the pandemic is its impact on families. Experts say more children are ending up in temporary homes. The trend in Brevard County is alarming. “I thought there was no way I’d be chosen as a foster mom because I am a single parent,” Valeria Jones said. Jones is…
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Joanne and Eckart Schneider Have Been Fostering Since 1985

The Schneiders Joanne and Eckart Schneider have been fostering children since 1985. The first medical foster parents in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, the Schneiders relocated to Brevard County Florida in 1991 where they took medically complex children under their wing. Over the last 36 years, the Schneiders have fostered 51 children with medical conditions ranging from…
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Bonnie and Ray Ferguson Have Fostered Over 30 Kids in 17 Years

The Fergusons Bonnie and Ray Ferguson became foster parents in 2004 and have fostered over 30 kids in the past 17 years.  When asked why they foster, their response is simple, “that’s just part of who we are.” They have always loved kids and wanted to help build stronger families.  The Fergusons became specially trained…
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Brevard Family Partnership, Truth Revealed International Ministries of Palm Bay partner in Open Table pilot project

Brevard Family Partnership, long known for its work in foster care as the lead child–welfare agency in the county, has formed a unique partnership with Truth Revealed International Ministries of Palm Bay, an organization also known for its community outreach endeavors. The two entities, leading by example, are hoping faith–based organizations in the region will…
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A New Year, A Meaningful Gift

Melbourne, FL – 1/5/21 Brevard Family Partnership started 2021 off with a great celebration as Mike and Brenna Hoffman of Florida Bulb and Ballast donated a 2006 Lexus to Gabby, a young adult exiting foster care at the age of 18. The car was donated through Brevard Family Partnership’s Road to Autonomy Car Loan Program…
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Brevard Government and Brevard Family Partnership Team up to Expand System of Care for Youth

Melbourne, FL – 10/14/2020 Local government and Brevard Family Partnership are working together in the Brevard Behavioral Health Expansion project. The project provides services to children and youth ages 5 to 21 with severe emotional disturbances, as well as providing support to families. The four-year program is funded with a $4 million federal grant and…
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Grant Helps Brevard Family Partnership Assist More Families With Mental Health Issues

Melbourne, FL – 10/13/2020 Through a partnership with Brevard Family Partnership, Brevard County is creating the Brevard Behavioral Health Expansion (BBHE) Project funded by a grant from The Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration of the Federal Government. Money awarded from the $4M grant expands behavioral health services in the county using evidence-based treatment and…
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Brevard County Government/Brevard Family Partnership Team Up On Behavioral Health Project

Contact: Tracy Pellegrino National Center for Innovation and Excellence 2301 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Ste. 104 Melbourne, FL  32935 Phone: 321-752-4650 tracy.pellegrino@ncfie.org BREVARD COUNTY, FL. 09/18/2020 – Brevard County Housing and Human Services Department is working with Brevard Family Partnership, Inc. to create the Brevard Behavioral Health Expansion project. The project, which kicks off Oct.…
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Part II of Hometown News’ Article on Youth Advocacy in our System of Care

MELBOURNE, FL – 09/11/2020 Two young adults were honored with Outstanding Youth Awards for their advocacy efforts in the foster care system. John Watson and Rayla James have been working with Brevard Family Partnership under its Brevard Youth Leadership Council to make positive changes and raise the voices of youth in the foster care system…
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Two Brevard County Youth Recognized for their Work as Leaders in Brevard Leadership Youth Council

MELBOURNE, FL – 09/04/2020 Two Brevard County youth are making a local impact by giving a voice to those in the system of care. Recognized with an Outstanding Youth Award, the President and Vice President of the Youth Leadership Council are recognized during the Florida Coalition for Children’s virtual award ceremony. Read more about this…
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Two Brevard County Youth Receive Outstanding Youth Awards at Statewide Awards Ceremony for their Advocacy for Youth in Foster Care

MELBOURNE, FL – 08/18/2020 The Florida Coalition for Children (FCC) recognized two Brevard County Youth as recipients of the Outstanding Youth Award for their dedication to improving the lives of youth in foster care.  John Watson and Rayla James, who serve as President and Vice President of the Brevard County Youth Leadership Council, received their…
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