Brevard C.A.R.E.S. (Coordination, Advocacy, Resources, Education and Support) is a family-centered, strength-based, and community-driven model for child abuse prevention and family preservation. The program's unique "Wraparound" approach and Family Team Conferencing offers services and support to families experiencing stressors that could lead to abuse, neglect or abandonment.
Burrell named Brevard C.A.R.E.S. executive director
Joins organization at time of rapid growth and service expansion
MELBOURNE, FL – October 22, 2014 – Brevard C.A.R.E.S. has named Kimah Burrell as its new executive director, following the promotion of former ED Valerie Holmes to senior executive of programs for Brevard Family Partnership, Brevard C.A.R.E.S. parent organization.
The child abuse prevention and family preservation organization has been growing rapidly and has recently expanded to serve an increasing number of families who voluntarily seek counseling and services to deal with life stressors that may lead to child abuse or neglect.
Burrell has worked in child welfare since September 2001, serving in roles as a case manager with the Florida Department of Children and Families and One Hope United, case coordinator with Orlando Health, and diversion counselor with Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services. Promoted to program director with GCJFCS, she managed in-home, solution-focused therapy and case management to families with involvement in DCF.
Brevard C.A.R.E.S. offers Cribs for Kids
Initiative's goal to reduce infant deaths due to unsafe sleeping practices
With the goal of reducing the number of infant deaths that occur from unsafe sleeping practices, Brevard C.A.R.E.S. the organization dedicated to protecting children and preventing abuse and neglect recently became a Cribs for Kids® chapter; the first in Brevard County.
Through a trademark licensing agreement with Sudden Infant Death Services (SIDS) of Pennsylvania, Brevard C.A.R.E.S. will conduct community outreach programs to raise awareness and educate adults about the dangers of unsafe sleeping practices for children, as well as provide Grayco Pack n’ Play portable cribs to parents and caregivers with children from birth to six months of age.
Brevard C.A.R.E.S. receives $30K training grant
Will teach leading child abuse prevention and family preservation model to innovation sites throughout Florida
Brevard C.A.R.E.S. was recently awarded a $30,000 Children’s Mental Health System of Care Grant from the State of Florida Substance Abuse and Mental Health Office to provide Wraparound training for selected innovation sites, including Panama City, Tallahassee, and the Sun Coast Region of Pasco and Pinellas Counties. The grant was made available to provide agencies that are seeking improvement in their child abuse prevention and family preservation programs using the unique model of Wraparound and Family Team Conferencing developed and successfully implemented by Brevard C.A.R.E.S.
In partnership with Brevard Family Partnership’s newly established National Center for Innovation and Excellence, Brevard C.A.R.E.S. executive director, Valerie Holmes and Wraparound Fidelity Coordinator, Tracy Little are conducting the orientation and training sessions that began in early May and will continue through the end of June.