Families First Network

National Foster Care Month highlights community need

National Foster Care Month highlights community need

May is National Foster Care Month, and the local need is great for children facing abuse, neglect or abandonment. While now is a time to celebrate the volunteers already serving, FamiliesFirst Network (FFN) is also actively recruiting 160 additional foster parents to fill a need within the community.   Read the full article in the […]

After adoption, family seeks to help others

After adoption, family seeks to help others

The last names and location of the families in this story have been omitted at the request of the parents to protect the families. Nearly two years after the ink dried and a family became whole, locals Dawn and Paul, along with their six children, updated the Navarre Press on how things are going. On […]

Animal lover seeks forever family

Animal lover seeks forever family

Meet Izzick, a charming young man who enjoys school and works hard to make all As and Bs. Izzick loves animals. He dreams of working with animals at an animal shelter when he grows up. He also enjoys playing video games, chess, Legos and reading. Izzick will thrive in a structured, supportive environment and would […]

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; […]

Smart, spunky girl seeks loving home

Smart, spunky girl seeks loving home

Kalina is a spunky, energetic, beautiful young lady inside and out. Initially shy, when she gets to know you she is gregarious, chatty and outgoing. She is also very smart and academically motivated – she tested and advanced an entire grade after just one week in school! Kalina loves all things girlie – especially having […]

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 […]

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 […]

Easter egg hunts and festivities

Easter egg hunts and festivities

Easter egg hunts and family friendly activities will be going on in Navarre and surrounding areas this weekend and next weekend. Listed below are some of the events taking place.   April  8 Community Spring Fling Families First Network hosts a community spring fling on April 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the […]

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 […]

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 […]