Dine Out to Prevent Child Abuse! April 10 and 11
Annual Child Abuse Prevention Awards
April 18 - Suntree Country Club
Each April, as our System of Care calls attention to preventing child abuse and neglect, the Child Abuse Prevention Task Force of Brevard recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations that have made significant contributions to the safety and well-being of children.
The 18th annual Child Abuse Prevention Awards Breakfast will take place on Friday, April 18 at Suntree Country Club. The event will begin with networking at 8:30 a.m. and breakfast beginning at 9:00 a.m. followed by the recognition and awards ceremony. Click the links below to nominate a candidate for the Child Abuse Prevention Awards and to make your reservations to attend and support those who care for our most vulnerable children.
Events to help spread message about preventing child abuse in Brevard - April is national Child Abuse Prevention Month - Local Task Force reaches out to community to raise awareness of abuse prevention efforts
To promote awareness of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Child Abuse Prevention Task Force of Brevard County will host several events and activities to spread a community-wide message that everyone can help prevent child abuse and neglect. The official kick-off for the month’s events and awareness-raising campaign will take place on Saturday, April 5 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Squid Lips Overwater Grill - 1477 Pineapple Ave., in Melbourne. The event will include activities for children, family entertainment and a boat regatta, and include a reading by Brevard County Commissioner, Trudie Infantini of a proclamation by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners declaring April Child Abuse Prevention Month in Brevard. Squid Lips will donate a portion of the proceeds from all food sales during the event.
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.