11129749_10153423504332494_208780321975689042_oMELBOURNE, FL – May 12, 2015 – Eleven children in foster care in Brevard County became members of new families during a “Celebration of Adoption” hosted by Brevard Family Partnership on Friday, May 8, 2015, in the courtroom of Dependency Court Judge, Kelly J. McKibben – Courtroom 4D at the Brevard County Courthouse, in Viera. The children ranged in age from one to seventeen years old. Following the ceremonies, a lunch reception for the newly-formed families was held in the courtroom, hosted by Chick-fil-A of Viera.

During the official, yet festive ceremonial proceedings, each family appeared before Judge McKibben and Brevard Family Partnership’s attorney, and presented the final permanency documents to the court, completing the adoption process.

“This is a testament to the incredible families of Brevard, who have lovingly opened their hearts and homes to children in need of permanency,” said LaChrista Jones, Brevard Family Partnership’s Director of Child and Family Services. “These children will now have a place they can always call ‘home’ with a family who will care for them as their own.”

11168067_10153423504457494_7434783211210654347_oWith the eleven adoptions, Brevard Family Partnership and its partner IMPOWER will have united 700 children with “forever families” since 2006, giving these children, whose parents could no longer care for them, the safety and stability of a permanent and lasting family connection. “Every child that is adopted is one more of Brevard’s children with a chance for a bright future,” Jones said.

For more information about adopting a child in foster care, please call Brevard Family Partnership at (321) 752-4650 or visit www.heartgallerybrevard.org.

More photos are available on BFP’s Facebook page here.