On Monday, July 10, 2017,we had the privilege to meet with some awe-inspiring members of our local community! We visited with Brevard Family Partnership‘s Sr. Executive of Programs, Director of Clinical Services, and the Public Relations Manager, and we had the opportunity to meet some women who are foster parents, along with two young adults who have been a part of the foster care system here in Brevard County. We are very excited to be raising funds during our Ultraman Florida campaign that will be donated to Brevard Family Partnership so they can continue to implement programs that will benefit the children who need us the most – foster children.
We learned so much from our visit. Here are some highlights:
- Support is available for foster children beyond their 18th birthday through a couple of different programs. Postsecondary Education Support & Services (PESS) is available to youth ages 18-23 who are attending school full time. Alternatively, My Future, My Choice is available for youth ages 18-21 who are working and wish to remain in foster care. Legislation to make this possible was enacted in January 2014, so it is still a relatively new program.
- There is always a need for more foster parents. You can be a grandma, already a parent, a single person, or married. We were told that homes in Northern Brevard are needed, but in general, foster families are always needed.
- The State of Florida provides foster parents with a monthly stipend that is dependent upon the age of the child. The average is around $15/day per child. Foster families provide any necessary support above and beyond what the state cannot provide. This means the “extras” are just that – extra expenses for the families to incur.
- A big need is jobs and internships for young adults transitioning out of foster care. There is a lot of big business in Brevard County, so if your place of work has internships available, contact Brevard Family Partnership to find out how to place a transitioning foster youth in an internship position.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. : Chinese Proverb