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.
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.