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Brevard C.A.R.E.S. Receives Expedited Reaccreditation from the Council on Accreditation

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Contact:
Melissa Breckenridge
Brevard Family Partnership, Public Relations Manager
2301 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Ste. 104
Melbourne, FL 32935
Phone: 321-752-4650 ext. 3047
Melissa.Breckenridge@brevardfp.org

Brevard C.A.R.E.S. Receives Expedited Reaccreditation from the Council on Accreditation

Rockledge, FL – November 14, 2017 – Brevard C.A.R.E.S. has received reaccreditation from the Council on Accreditation (COA), identifying Brevard County’s child abuse prevention and family preservation organization as one that has set high performance standards for itself and has made a commitment to their constituents to deliver the highest quality services.

Coveted by nonprofit organizations seeking to be recognized for excellence, COA accreditation is an objective and reliable verification that provides confidence and support to an organization’s service recipients, board members, staff, and community partners. The accreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of both an organization’s administrative operations and its service delivery practices. All are “measured” against national standards of best practice. These standards emphasize services that are accessible, appropriate, culturally responsive, evidence based, and outcomes-oriented, In addition, they confirm that the services are provided by a skilled and supported workforce and that all individuals are treated with dignity and respect.

In a letter to Brevard C.A.R.E.S. Executive Director, Phebe Powell, COA President and CEO Richard Klarberg wrote, “On behalf of the Council on Accreditation (COA), I am delighted to inform you that Brevard C.A.R.E.S has been reaccredited. In addition, Brevard C.A.R.E.S was expedited through the Pre-Commission Review Report (PCR) process as a result of not receiving any out of compliance ratings in any of the fundamental practice standards. Congratulations on this amazing achievement.”

The process to achieve accreditation took over a year of strategic effort and commitment and included Brevard C.A.R.E.S. self-assessment and reporting on its operations, programs and services, and policies and procedures. It also included recent site visits by COA reviewers who reviewed and validated all of Brevard C.A.R.E.S.’ data and interviewed several staff members.

About COA
COA is an international, independent, not-for-profit, child and family-service, and behavioral healthcare accrediting organization. It was founded in 1977 by the Child Welfare League of America and Family Service America (now the Alliance for Children and Families). The mission of COA is to partner with human service organizations worldwide to improve service delivery outcomes by developing, applying, and promoting accreditation standards. They envision excellence in the delivery of human services globally, resulting in the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

About Brevard C.A.R.E.S.
The mission of Brevard C.A.R.E.S. (Coordination, Advocacy, Resources, Education and Support) is to prevent child abuse and neglect by supporting and strengthening families so that they can remain together in the community. Brevard C.A.R.E.S. 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.

The program has had a positive impact on the families and children, helping to prevent situations or events that would result in a child being removed from his or her home. Its success is due to the proactive participation of the families in need who openly engage in the process, building upon the successes and skills within their family unit that will sustain them long term.

Since inception, Brevard C.A.R.E.S. has provided support to over 15,000 children representing more than 6,000 families in Brevard County. Less than 10% of families have been referred to Brevard C.A.R.E.S. more than once.

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Wraparound Intervention Proves Effective in Strengthening Vulnerable Families

A new study released by Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, the premier social work journal published by the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, provides greater insight into the value of wraparound interventions and their effectiveness in strengthening families and reducing child maltreatment.

The study, “Reducing Risk: Families in Wraparound Intervention,” observed children of families participating in the Brevard C.A.R.E.S (Coordination, Advocacy, Resources, Education and Support) wraparound intervention, launched by Florida-based Brevard Family Partnership, to assess whether these children experienced a reduction of maltreatment after completing the intervention program when compared to children facing similar circumstances whose families did not receive wraparound intervention.

The study found that children linked to families that completed the wraparound intervention program had reduced incidents of maltreatment just six months after the program. In fact, 93 percent of families who participated in the intervention had no verified maltreatment, compared to 30 percent of families who did not participate in the intervention.

“The successful outcomes among the C.A.R.E.S families are directly tied to early engagement and strong inclusive partnerships with youth and families using high fidelity Wraparound care coordination,” says Patricia Nellius, CEO of Brevard Family Partnership. “Wraparound programs greatly enhance systems of care in communities that support child maltreatment prevention.”

Nellius designed, piloted, and implemented the Brevard C.A.R.E.S. wraparound model intervention in 2005 after Brevard Family Partnership replaced the former child welfare operation with a community-based system of care. The wraparound approach was intended to reach families before the stressors they experienced met the threshold of abuse and neglect. The Brevard Family Partnership intervention aims to assist families to identify and develop a system of formal and informal supports within the community and family structures—maintaining that even the most challenged parents or primary caregivers have the potential to make necessary changes.

“The Brevard Family Partnership model is a great example of the principle belief that whenever possible, keeping children in families and providing the appropriate support and intervention is the most effective approach to promoting family stability and strengthening, a belief the Alliance strongly supports,” says Susan Dreyfus, president and CEO of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities.

Focusing on partnership, community involvement, authentic engagement, and measurement, the Brevard C.A.R.E.S. intervention is directly linked to the Alliance’s signature work, the Commitments of High-Impact Nonprofit Organizations, which provides a framework for nonprofit human-serving organizations to achieve meaningful, lasting impact.

The study authors note that now that the C.A.R.E.S. program has demonstrated effectiveness at six months, more research is needed to better understand the proper amount of treatment, how supports should be organized, and how professionals may need to provide continued support to sustain a family’s skills and progress. New areas of inquiry raised by this study’s results include more in-depth exploration of how the program works, use of pre- and post-assessments to track skills gained through the wraparound intervention, and examination of how these skills affect participants’ behavior over time.

To learn more about the Brevard C.A.R.E.S. intervention and implications for policy and practice, access the full study.

The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities is a national organization dedicated to achieving a vision of a healthy society and strong communities for all children, adults, and families. The Alliance works for transformational change by representing and supporting its network of hundreds of nonprofit human serving organizations across North America as they translate knowledge into best practices that improve their communities. Working with and through its member network on leadership and advocacy, the Alliance strives to achieve high impact by reducing the number of people living in poverty; increasing the number of people with opportunities to live healthy lives; and increasing the number of people with access to educational and employment success. Go to alliance1.org for more information

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, March 28, 2015 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.

Other activities taking place throughout the month include the annual Child Abuse Prevention Awards breakfast on Friday, April 30 at 8:30 a.m. at Suntree Country Club – 1 Country Club Dr., Melbourne. The event recognizes and honors local individuals, businesses and organizations that have made significant contributions in the support of child abuse prevention efforts. CAPTF members will also visit several neighborhoods throughout Brevard, distributing positive parenting information to families. Additionally, members will plant pinwheels on the grounds of many local businesses; pinwheels are the official icon of Child Abuse Prevention month.

Families in crisis or experiencing stressors that could lead to child abuse or neglect are encouraged to call 211 Brevard or Brevard C.A.R.E.S. at 888-CARES-09 (888-227-3709). Anyone who suspects abuse or neglect of a child may report their suspicions by calling 1-800-96-ABUSE (800-962-2873). For more information about child abuse prevention programs and activities during the month of April and throughout the year, contact the Brevard County Child Abuse Prevention Task Force on the web at www.captfbrevard.com.

 

### Contact Tracey Kinsley Director of Communications Brevard Family Partnership 2301 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. Suite 104 Melbourne, FL  32935 Phone: 321-752-4650 ext. 3084 Cell: 772-584-2370 Email: Tracey.kinsley@brevardfp.org

Brevard C.A.R.E.S. receives $30K training grant

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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. receives $30K training grant

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.

April is national Child Abuse Prevention Month – Local Events in Brevard

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.

Other activities taking place throughout the month include the annual Child Abuse Prevention Awards breakfast on Friday, April 18 at 8:30 a.m. at Suntree Country Club – 1 Country Club Dr., Melbourne. The event recognizes and honors local individuals, businesses and organizations that have made significant contributions in the support of child abuse prevention efforts. CAPTF members will also visit several neighborhoods throughout Brevard, distributing positive parenting information to families. Additionally, members will plant pinwheels on the grounds of many local businesses; pinwheels are the official icon of Child Abuse Prevention month.

“The goal of Child Abuse Prevention month is to encourage all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Brevard County a safer place for children and families,” said CAPTF chairman, Tracy Little of Brevard C.A.R.E.S. “Ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills and resources they need to care for themselves and their children helps promote families’ social and emotional well-being and prevents child abuse and neglect.”

Research shows that when parents possess five protective factors, the risk for neglect and abuse diminish and optimal outcomes for children, youth, and families are promoted. The five protective factors are: parent resilience; knowledge of parenting and child development, social and emotional competence of children, social connections; and concrete support in times of need. Focusing on ways to build and promote the protective factors is the best thing a community can do to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Families in crisis or experiencing stressors that could lead to child abuse or neglect are encouraged to call 211 Brevard or Brevard C.A.R.E.S. at 888-CARES-09 (888-227-3709). Anyone who suspects abuse or neglect of a child may report their suspicions by calling 1-800-96-ABUSE (800-962-2873).

For more information about child abuse prevention programs and activities during the month of April and throughout the year, contact the Brevard County Child Abuse Prevention Task Force on the web atwww.captfbrevard.com.

Dr. Robert Cross recognized for service to community agencies

MELBOURNE, FL – Dr. Robert Cross, a world-renowned psychologist in the field of adolescent and adult mental health will be recognized by Brevard Family Partnership for over five years of volunteer service to the children and families served by Brevard County’s lead child welfare agency.  The recognition will take place during BFP’s January board of directors’ meeting on Thursday, January 28, 2011 at the agency’s administrative office in Melbourne.

Dr. Cross has committed thousands of hours, serving as a subject matter expert and psychologist for BFP at all clinical venues.  He is present for all clinical reviews of children, youth, and families; attends court hearings, as needed; is a member of the BFP’s Medication Review Team, which reviews the status of children who are prescribed psychotropic medications; conducts numerous training seminars; and, serves as member of the board of directors for Brevard C.A.R.E.S.

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Brevard CARES adds new staff

Brevard CARES recently added several new staff members.  The agency provides front-end child abuse prevention services to Brevard County children and families through its innovative Wraparound Family Team Conferencing model. The additions will allow Brevard CARES to service more families that are experiencing stressors that may lead to child abuse.

Among the new hires are:
Amy Andrews, Care Coordinator. Andrews is a former Protective Investigator at the Children’s Advocacy Center and received the 2010 Child Abuse Prevention Task Force Award for Social Service Employee of the Year.

Kim Bane, Family Partner. Bane is a Brevard CARES alumnus, with unique advocacy skills, who specializes in navigating through the maze of multiple agencies and systems to receive necessary care and services, including children with special needs and the educational system.

Yolanda Martinez, Care Coordinator. Martinez formerly served as a Care Manager with Devereux Florida. She has extensive experience in the child welfare system and with an emphasis on working with teenagers.

Yvette McCain, Care Coordinator. Like Martinez, McCain served as a Care Manager with Devereux Florida in North Brevard and is an advocate for the values and principles of the Wraparound philosophy.

All of the new staff members will work out of the agency’s headquarters located at 4085 S. US 1, in Rockledge.

Chairs for C.A.R.E.S. to benefit Brevard C.A.R.E.S.

Local artists from Brevard County will be putting their inspirations and talents to good use, designing one-of-a-kind decorative chairs that will be auctioned off during “Chairs for C.A.R.E.S.” an event to benefit Brevard C.A.R.E.S. on Saturday, November 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at The Cocoa Elks Lodge – 315 Florida Ave. in Cocoa Village.

The event is free to attend and also will showcase artistic works from children throughout Brevard, including children in foster care who reside at Country Acres group home, in Titusville.  There will be a silent auction, door prizes, food, cash bar, and music and entertainment by Karaoke Tony.

 “Chairs for C.A.R.E.S.” is the brainchild of Carolyn Seiler, owner of Carolyn Seiler Studios in Cocoa Village who supports Brevard C.A.R.E.S. and the positive effect the organization has had in reducing the incidences of child abuse and neglect on the Space Coast. Through its unique use of Wraparound and Family Team Conferencing, Brevard C.A.R.E.S. provides formal and natural supports to families who may be experiencing stressors or situations that could lead to a child being removed from his or her home.

“I’ve been teaching art to children in my studio in for about 12 years,” said Seiler. “Every year we host an art show to raise money for some worthy cause. One day a student arrived at class with his two new foster brothers. I immediately called his mom and said, “Who needs our money?” She told me about Brevard CARES and the connection was instant. This is kids helping kids and we know that any money we raise will go directly to those who are our friends, schoolmates, and neighbors. Our hope is that we raise not only money, but also awareness about the people in our community who might need our help. And I want our kids to know that the smallest contribution can make a difference.”

Chairs available for auction will be on display during Cocoa Village’s monthly Gallery Walk on Saturday, November 6.  Sponsors of “Chairs for CARES” include Bad Birds Gallery, Cocoa Village Merchant’s Association, Carolyn Seiler Studios, Max Trainer Studio, and Studio in Blue. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Brevard C.A.R.E.S.

Additional information can be found at www.studioinblue.com/emailoffers/chairsforcares.html or by contacting Carolyn Seiler at 637-0444 or email: carolyn@carolynseiler.com