FamiliesFirst Network

June is National Reunification Month

June is National Reunification Month

June is National Reunification Month making it a time to recognize the people and efforts focused on helping families stay together. Lakeview Center is encouraging the public to celebrate the families who overcame obstacles to providing a safe and loving home for their children and reunified after their child was placed in the child welfare […]

Appreciating foster parents

Appreciating foster parents

May is National Foster Care Month, and United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) took an afternoon Saturday to thank foster parents in a picnic in Navarre Park. Foster parents in the UMCH West Florida Foster Parent program provide care for children that have been separated from their families due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Some of […]

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 […]

Holley Navarre Fire feeds the hungry

Holley Navarre Fire feeds the hungry

Holley Navarre Fire Department made sure families would not be going hungry this Thanksgiving as part of their annual meal purchase. Firefighter Dan Davidson said Holley Navarre Fire has been providing meals for families in need on Thanksgiving continuously since 2008 when the department became full-time, paid. Read the full article in the Nov. 29 […]

Adopting children ‘sight unseen’

Adopting children ‘sight unseen’

November is National Adoption Month. This month Navarre Press will be featuring content about the adoption process as well as children up for adoption in our area. The last name and location of the family in this story have been omitted at the request of the parents to protect the families. For Brandi and her […]

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. […]

Outgoing girl ready to light up a home

Outgoing girl ready to light up a home

Mykira is a bright and lively young girl. She is outgoing and would do well with an active family that enjoys being on the move. Mykira never meets a stranger, and she thoroughly enjoys getting to know new people. Mykira likes to read and enjoys anything involving electronics. She gets along with other children and […]

Five things to know: Adoption myths debunked

Five things to know: Adoption myths debunked

November is National Adoption Month. This month Navarre Press will be featuring content about the adoption process as well as children up for adoption in our area. Hundreds of children in Florida are currently in foster care, awaiting adoption. Jenn Petion, director of administration and external affairs for FamiliesFirst Network, said myths surrounding adoption may […]

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. […]

Family Match improves Florida foster care system

Family Match improves Florida foster care system

November is National Adoption Month. This month Navarre Press will be featuring content about the adoption process as well as children up for adoption in our area. Following the launch of the Family Match program by FamiliesFirst Network of Lakeview Center earlier this year, there has been success in matching adoptable children with forever homes […]

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 […]

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 […]

Grant to fund additional therapeutic foster parents

Grant to fund additional therapeutic foster parents

Children removed from an unhealthy home where they experienced abuse or neglect may find themselves living with foster parents while they wait to reunite with their family or find a new forever home. More than 520 children are in foster care through FamiliesFirst Network (FFN) of Lakeview Center in Northwest Florida, and many are facing […]

eHarmony technology transformed to help foster children find forever homes

eHarmony technology transformed to help foster children find forever homes

FamiliesFirst Network of (FFN) Lakeview Center launched a new technology Feb. 15 that will improve compatibility matching and reduce wait times for adoptive parents to be matched with foster children in need of forever homes. “Selfless Love Foundation is a Florida-based nonprofit whose mission is to transform and enrich the lives of current and former […]

Back to School Safety Bash

Santa Rosa County Emergency Management will hold a Back to School Safety Bash from 5-7 p.m. at the Emergency Operations Center, 4499 Pine Forest Road in Milton. The free event will feature food, firetrucks, an ambulance, bicycle helmet fitting, safety information plus kids can enter to win a free bicycle. Bring a school supply item to […]

Navarre’s children need foster homes

Navarre’s children need foster homes

For victims of child abuse and neglect, being removed from their home can be a scary experience. While the environment may not be safe or healthy–parents may abuse drugs or alcohol, neglect the children, or be violent toward each other—home is supposed to be a place of security. Read the full article in the April […]

Foster Parents face unique challenges

Foster Parents face unique challenges

When a foster parent agrees to open their home to children going through a difficult period in their lives, they take on a unique set of challenges. Often they are taking in a group of siblings who have been through a traumatic family situation. Their lives are in transition, and the foster parent must find […]

Foster youth get a helping hand

Foster youth get a helping hand

Many 17-year-olds ‘aging out’ of the foster care system face uncertainty. Some of these young adults are still finishing high school. Most lack a family support system to fall back on. “On their 18th birthday, they would just age out of the system,” Young Adult Services Team Manager Melody Kohr said. “They would be solely […]

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 […]