Department of Children and Families

The Secret Place offers teen victims hope

The Secret Place offers teen victims hope

When Alicia Tappan was a junior in high school outside the state of Florida, she had the world before her. She was headed to college on a scholarship with plans to become a doctor. She was a self-described social butterfly with high grades and a typical family. Read the full article in the May 2 […]

Secret Place to share hope for child victims

Secret Place to share hope for child victims

Members of the public can learn about a new program focused on supporting child victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Celebrate Recovery at Liberty Church of Gulf Breeze will be hosting a presentation on The Secret Place Monday evening at 6:30. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

School safety legislation at the forefront for 2019

School safety legislation at the forefront for 2019

Florida legislators will not meet in session again until March 5, 2019, but many lobbying groups are already getting their legislative priorities in order, including the Santa Rosa County School Board. The board approved lobbyist agency Rutledge Ecenia, PA for another term June 21 during its first official meeting at Woodlawn Beach Middle School. Read […]

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 […]

Seas the Day sees crowds

Seas the Day sees crowds

  April is a busy month. Beyond the Easter holiday, April is National Autism Awareness Month. It is the Month of the Military Child, and it is also National Child Abuse Prevention Month.             Read the full article in the April 5 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

A child cries out

A child cries out

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month Somewhere today, as you read this, a child is crying and desperately begging a parent or other family member to stop the beating. Cowered down in a protective fetal position crying and begging. Slaps to the head and face, hits to the arms or something worse, instilling a deep […]

Rice held on $750,000 bond

Rice held on $750,000 bond

Questions remain as to the extent of Mary Craig Rice’s involvement in the homicide spree across two states committed by William “Billy” Boyette, Jr. Read the full article in the Feb. 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Teachers union wants review of substitute hiring

Teachers union wants review of substitute hiring

Questions are being raised about the background checking practices of an outside vendor in the hiring of the 1,000 or so substitute teachers needed weekly to plug absences in the Santa Rosa School District. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 […]

Navarre in need of more child care providers

Navarre in need of more child care providers

Statistics show that a fast-growing Navarre has fewer child care providers per child than the rest of Santa Rosa County. Nearly 40 percent of Santa Rosa’s minors, roughly 15,000, hail from Navarre according to data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau and Neilson Company analytics. Though some of these minors are old enough to take […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 6

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 6

FLORIDA OFFICIALS SAY BOY KILLED HIMSELF Police spokesman Rob Shaw said Thursday afternoon that Ian Sevostjanov’s mother sent him to his room Thursday morning. According to a news release, the boy was sent to a room in his family’s apartment, where he obtained the gun. Ian, who was in fifth grade, died from a single […]

Mother’s Day marred by neglect and violence

Mother’s Day marred by neglect and violence

This year, Mother’s Day in Santa Rosa County was tragic indeed.  Two mothers lost their lives in equally tragic ways and both allegedly by the hands of their own child.  It is every parent’s worst nightmare. For Karen Passmore, who died while under her 22-year-old daughter’s care, there is no explaining the lack of attention […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 20

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 20

SLAIN FLORIDA PRIEST WORKED WITH PEOPLE WHO WERE ‘DANGEROUS’ The Rev. Rene Wayne Robert is believed to have been helping a troubled Jacksonville man recently released from jail when he was killed, authorities say. They believe the suspect kidnapped the priest, took him to Georgia in his own car and killed him there, but the […]

Guardian ad Litem program needs voices for children

Guardian ad Litem program needs voices for children

In the state of Florida, when a case of child neglect, abuse or abandonment is reported, the state Department of Children and Families steps in to shelter the child. The shelter may come in the form of a foster home or another family member’s home while the child’s parents are working through their problems. The […]