Adoption

DNA test leads to surprises

DNA test leads to surprises

For Frank Papasavas, DNA testing through 23andMe held a bigger surprise than just learning more about his family’s roots. Through the online DNA database, this 70-year-old Milton native discovered he had not three children, but four. Read the full article in the Jan. 10 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – […]

Shy young lady needs loving family

Shy young lady needs loving family

Abigail is a smart and beautiful 15-year-old youth. She can be a little shy and reserved until she gets to know you. Abigail’s favorite subject in school is science, and she is also a member of the color guard. Abigail enjoys shopping and getting her nails done. She would like a home environment where there […]

Talented young athlete seeks forever family

Talented young athlete seeks forever family

Meet Robert, an athletic teenager with a smile that lights up a room! Robert’s favorite subject in school is social studies and with hard work, encouragement and support he does well in school. After school, you can find Robert either in the baseball outfield as the right fielder or on the football field as the […]

Creative, curious boy seeking forever family

Creative, curious boy seeking forever family

Cameron is an active, energetic young man with a flair for style and looking good. He is also extremely polite. He describes himself as a “homebody” who enjoys art, video games and superhero movies. He would love to be in the Art Club in school. He has quite a collection of books as he also […]

Special boy needs special love

Special boy needs special love

Sharif is a very special little boy. He needs 24-hour, round the clock care. He has cerebral palsy, seizures and several other debilitating conditions. He spends all his time in his bed or wheelchair. He cannot sit, crawl or roll over by himself. He loves to be tickled and he responds to music by smiling. […]

My’onia’s creativity guides her

My’onia’s creativity guides her

Meet My’onia, an amazing 13-year-old youth with diverse and creative interests. She is an A and B student and plays the king baritone horn in her school band. My’onia enjoys playing video games, watching anime, skating and spending time with her friends. She dreams of becoming an artist or a singer when she grows up. […]

Diaper drive supports local foster families

Diaper drive supports local foster families

Foster parents often face a litany of challenges when they take in a new child or sibling group. They have to establish trust with children who have often faced abuse or neglect while also providing for their needs. Local mother of 6 Dawn previously fostered three children before adopting them, and she said she understands […]

NFL hopeful looking for encouraging family

NFL hopeful looking for encouraging family

Gauge is a well-natured teen with a ready smile and a contagious laugh. Although Gauge describes himself as a little shy, he loves to meet new people and opens up pretty easily.  He is also athletic and loves playing football. Gauge is goal-oriented, and he hopes to go to college to be an athletic trainer; […]

Resilient sisters need supportive home

Resilient sisters need supportive home

Destinee and Kaylynn are two beautiful and very resilient sisters. Destinee is friendly, outgoing and able to advocate for herself. She enjoys drawing and watching videos on YouTube. Kaylynn is a very happy and energetic child who loves to meet new people. Kaylynn is very active and loves to play and spend time with her […]

Young entrepreneur seeks loving family

Young entrepreneur seeks loving family

Elvis is an incredibly resilient youth with a million-dollar smile and an outgoing personality. Despite English being his second language, Elvis works hard to achieve As and Bs and master the English language. When Elvis is not in school, he enjoys being outdoors playing football and running track. He is a very hard worker with […]

April is National Child Abuse Prevention month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention month, and FamiliesFirst Network (FFN) of Lakeview Center wants the community to know how they can help keep children safe from harm. Last year, the Florida Abuse hotline referred 11,000 calls from the four-county area to the Department of Children and Families for investigation to determine if children could […]

Successful young lady seeking forever home

Successful young lady seeking forever home

Bella is a beautiful, loving young woman and a courageous survivor. In her short life she has had many very difficult and traumatic experiences, but she has overcome them so that at this time she can only be described as a wonderful success story. Bella received all A’s and B’s in school last year and […]

Trio seeking one forever family

Trio seeking one forever family

Three beautiful siblings who are very bonded to each other are ready for their forever home. Alex’s only request regarding an adoptive family is that he remain with his sisters. The girls think they would like a family that likes to travel since they love new experiences and new places. All are happy, generally well-behaved […]

Local woman meets sisters, brother for the first time

Local woman meets sisters, brother for the first time

She always knew she was adopted. Despite her adoptive mother’s heartache on the matter, Navarre resident Janice Chappell was told from an early age that her biological parents were not the same mother and father who raised her. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for […]

Christian is ready to experience the world

Christian is ready to experience the world

Christian is a really sweet little boy with a heartwarming smile and some big challenges. He is on the Autism Spectrum, and he is something of a loner and very cautious about making friends. Initially, he is shy and introverted, but once he feels comfortable with a person he is out going and engaging. Like […]

Hope can be challenging but rewarding

Hope can be challenging but rewarding

Hope is a pretty young woman who really hopes she will have an adoptive family of her own soon. She comes to us because of drug abuse by her parents and a disrupted relative placement. She is outgoing and sociable. She likes music and drawing. She can be kind and respectful – or not, depending […]

Meet Mari: looking for a place to call home

Meet Mari: looking for a place to call home

Dramari or “Mari” as he prefers to be called is 11 years old. He has been in care since November 2014. He is quite shy and shuts down when he is unfamiliar with a situation, but he is very friendly and engaging when he is comfortable. He is in the fifth grade in special classes. […]

“Miracle baby” needs hands-on love and attention

“Miracle baby” needs hands-on love and attention

Emmett is coming up on his first birthday and doctors think he will likely need lifelong care, but he is improving every day. It is impossible to tell how much he will be able to recover as he still has considerable blood on his brain. He was blind, but it now appears he may be […]

Finally, 3 siblings find their forever home

Finally, 3 siblings find their forever home

A local family became whole Friday, Nov. 18. Dawn and Paul, parents to Lance, 14, Landyn, 10 and Lukus, 7, became parents of six as they finalized the adoption of 7-year-old Natalye, 3-year-old Carter and 2-year-old Gabrielle. For the family, it was a momentous occasion and the culmination of roughly five years of waiting and […]

Siblings want to live together again with forever family

Siblings want to live together again with forever family

Three very close siblings, living in three different homes, are anxious to be back together again. They thought this was about to happen then tragedy struck, and they are still separated. Thomas is the oldest. He is extremely active and playful. At the same time he is also dealing with lots of difficult behaviors and […]

Siblings want a forever family and to stay together

Siblings want a forever family and to stay together

Four wonderful siblings who need a forever family where they can remain together!   Ekiya is as very sweet and outgoing.  She gets along well with others and makes friends easily.  She is behind in school because she missed so much in the past, but she loves school and does very well.  She is a gifted […]

New resources coming for pregnant Navarre women

New resources coming for pregnant Navarre women

When the couple setup a free ultrasound with Safe Harbor pregnancy resource center in Pensacola, they had one option in mind. Abortion. Unemployed and homeless, they thought they had no way to provide for a baby. Then they heard the heart beat and saw movement on the screen. Close to tears, the father whispered in […]

My Father’s Arrows expands assistance to families in need

My Father’s Arrows expands assistance to families in need

You cannot run from a calling from God. That’s what founder of My Father’s Arrows thrift store Sarah Ellis says. Back in 2013, she said she was struck with the idea of creating a community to support foster families in the community by creating a group living facility, and the idea would not quit. “When […]

Dillion J

Dillion J

Dillion’s goal has come and gone.  He said he wanted to be adopted by the time school was out this year as he very much wants to be a part of a forever family.   He loves watching television and has a great sense of humor when it comes to the commercials.  He’s very artistic and […]

All you need is love

All you need is love

Kathleen and Randy are two beautiful, very active children.    Randy is in kindergarten.   He loves animals and playing outside.   He also likes playing with Legos, Sponge Bob and ninja turtles.     Kathleen is a chatty and outgoing little diva.  She loves to dance and sing and be the center of attention.    She loves to have her […]

Austin looking for family with unconditional love

Austin looking for family with unconditional love

Austin is a charming and challenging young man with the most wonderful grin who is very anxious to have forever adoptive family of his own.  He is polite and considerate of others.  He is shy at first but talkative as he becomes more comfortable in situation.  Austin has missed out on a lot of the […]

Our children, our future

Our children, our future

There are more than 500 children in our county waiting to be adopted.  One in every 18 children in our county is or will be abused.  There are more than 550 homeless children in our school district.  43 percent of all adults are functionally illiterate.  The list could go on. We as a county are […]

Kohl has special challenges and needs encouraging family

Kohl has special challenges and needs encouraging family

Kohl is a very sweet young man with some big challenges.  He has Autism and some significant cognitive delays.   His speech is somewhat delayed and he is working on about first and second grade level in most areas although he is enrolled in a 7th grade special class.  He receives weekly language therapy and several […]

Waiting for a real family

Waiting for a real family

There are more than 500 children in temporary foster homes in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties.  They have been abused, neglected or abandoned.  While some may eventually return to their birth families, the rest will need adoptive families. FamiliesFirst Network is a community-based care agency that provides foster care and adoption services for […]