Typically, the faith and family page features the smiling faces of children looking for a family all their own through the process of adoption; however, this week Navarre Press is highlighting the need for foster parents in the Navarre community.
There are 1,442 children in foster care throughout Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties. They have been abused, neglected or abandoned. These children need loving, supportive temporary homes to grow and thrive.
Families First Network (FFN) is a community-based care agency that provides foster care and adoption services for children and families in Northwest Florida.
FFN foster parents provide a safe and nurturing environment for children going through a traumatic time in their lives while helping to coordinate a continued relationship between the child and their birth family as they make changes to allow the child to come home.
Foster parents are critical.
Whether they are an empty nester looking to share love with a new set of children or a mom or dad with one more bed to spare, there are children in need of love and support.
Foster parents are not required to be married. They only need to have room to spare. Foster parenting through FFN is open to all adults that meet program requirements without regard to religion, age, gender, race or sexual orientation.
Becoming a foster parent requires attending a parenting class provided by FFN, background checks of all adults within the home and home visits by FFN professionals. The agency provides support to parents for meeting the needs of the child or children in the foster parent’s care.
Those interested in opening their home to foster child in need can contact FFN at 850-453-7777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To file an online application, go to elakeviewcenter.org/FamiliesFirstNetwork/FosterParenting.
As seen in the June 27 issue of Navarre Press.
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