Legislative Affairs and Updates

Brevard Family Partnership, along with several partners, advocates for the welfare of abused and neglected children on a local, state and federal level.  Below you will find links to important legislative documents, publications and organizations.

2014 Florida Legislative Session
Dates: Tuesday, March 4 – Friday, May 2

October 2013: Legislative committee meetings have begun. BFP will provide updates on important legislation as bills are filed and information becomes available.

Brevard’s 2014 Legislative Delegation
Click the delegate’s name below for their official web page. Includes background, contact information, committees and more.
Sen. Thad Altman (R-District 16)
Sen. Andy Gardiner (R-District 13)
Rep. Steve Crisafulli (R-District 51)
Rep. Tom Goodson (R-District 50)
Rep. John Tobia (R-District 53)
Rep. Ritch Workman (R-District 52)

Resources and Information

Brevard Family Partnership’s 2014 Legislative Priorities

Florida Coalition for Children
Brevard Family Partnership is a member of the the Florida Coalition for Children which advocates for Florida’s abused and neglected children and supports the agencies and individuals that work on their behalf. Below are resources provided by the FCC.

Night & Day – Pre/Post CBCs

Title IV-E Waiver: Consequences of Budget Cuts to Child Welfare System

state-by-state comparison of child welfare data that shows how Florida rates in child welfare spending and children in foster care. (Release date: August 2011)

Child and Family Serving Agency Websites

Florida Dept. of Children and Families News/Press Releases

Florida’s Healthy Start Coalitions – A Model for Success

Hearing Your Voice: A Guide to your Dependency Court Case

Right For Kids Ranking
The Right for Kids Ranking, published in 2012 by the Foundation for Government Accountability, highlights which state child welfare agencies are right for kids. Florida has risen from #16 to #4 in ranking as Right for Kids in the nation!

Florida’s People, Florida’s Promise
The Florida’s People, Florida’s Promise website was created by advocates for children and the elderly who started a watchdog group urging Florida legislators to consider new revenue sources rather than forcing more budget cuts to cope with the state’s economic slump.

Children’s Campaign, Inc.
Children’s Campaign, Inc. is a cutting-edge and groundbreaking advocacy organization devoted to making children’s issues a legislative priority while staying within the well-documented boundaries of permissible activities for a 501 (C)(3) organization.

Three citizen structures govern and inform our work: The Board of Directors, 5 Promises Leadership Council, and the Minority Issues Advisory Council.

Our vision and activities are driven by a platform that is the result of consensus building over a broad spectrum of interests and viewpoints and supported by state of the art public opinion research. We work closely with citizens and local and statewide collaborative partners to encourage policy-makers to address the needs as identified in the platform and its related policy briefs.

Every Child Matters Educations Fund – Washington, DC
The Every Child Matters Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization working to make children, youth, and families a national political priority. ECM promote the adoption of smart policies for children and youth, including:

-Ensuring that children have access to affordable, comprehensive health care services
-Expanding early-care and learning opportunities and after-school programs
-Preventing violence against children in their homes and communities
-Alleviating child poverty, and
-Addressing the special needs of children with parents in prison.

Homeland Insecurity Document Why investments in children and youth must be a priority for the Obama Administration and the 111th Congress.