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Hotline allows for anonymous reporting of elder abuse

Hotline allows for anonymous reporting of elder abuse

There were nearly 5,000 investigations of elder abuse in the Northwest Florida last year, including more than 2,000 in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties. But without the elder abuse hotline set up through the Department of Elder Affairs, many of those cases might have gone unreported.   Read the full article in the […]

Fostering Hope provides needed training at Community Life

Fostering Hope provides needed training at Community Life

The Letter of James says, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” Most Christians would at least acknowledge that keeping oneself unstained from the world is something they ought to do, but would we […]

What is the threshold?

What is the threshold?

A Milton mother of five has been charged with felony child neglect – five counts. Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office investigated and entered the home to find the children living in squalor. What they found was disgusting. Children living in a roach-infested house. No furniture except a dining room table. A room with three mattresses on […]

Milton mother retains custody in neglect case

Milton mother retains custody in neglect case

A Milton woman accused of felony neglect of her five children, ages 5, 7, 11, 12 and 14, will not lose custody of her children according to the Department of Children and Families (DCF). DCF closed their investigation April 30 said representative David Fierro. Read the full article in the May 16 issue of Navarre […]

Child care experts: Make education a priority

Child care experts: Make education a priority

When parents select child care, often the top priorities are safety and proximity to the parent. This can be especially true when options are slim, said David Lawrence. Lawrence is a retired journalist and early learning advocate who helped to get universal voluntary prekindergarten launched in Florida. He said he is concerned with the trends […]

Elder abuse remains big problem in state

Elder abuse remains big problem in state

Elder abuse is a problem in America. In Florida alone last year, there were reports of more than 38,000 cases involving seniors 60 and older, including close to 3,100 (3,076) in the Northwest Region of the state. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Faith serves as foothold in climb out of addiction

Faith serves as foothold in climb out of addiction

At age 16 Christopher Dykes walked away from the church without looking back. As he launched out into independence, he also launched into experimentation with illegal substances. Dykes said that for nearly 17 years he tried to fill the void of loneliness with everything from alcohol to marijuana to cocaine. Read the full article in […]

Refuge for Women receives $10,000 pledge

Refuge for Women receives $10,000 pledge

An anonymous donor has come forward to offer local victims of sex trafficking a safe place to heal. He has pledged to match every dollar donated in November to Refuge for Women of the Emerald Coast, up to $10,000. Refuge City Director Michelle Jones said she is thrilled. “This donor says there is a huge […]

Local foster youth takes advocacy statewide

Local foster youth takes advocacy statewide

As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade or become the chair of a statewide foster youth advocacy organization. Santa Rosa County resident Chelsea Bramblett took that approach to life. Now 22-years-old, Bramblett entered the foster care system at an early age, and there she discovered many issues. The system failed to […]

Lighthouse founder follows calling

Lighthouse founder follows calling

In the wake of hurricane Ivan, many homes and businesses were destroyed. For Joanna Johannes, returning in the wake of the storm with her small children was devastating, she said. She had just moved to Gulf Breeze two years prior, and the storm had totaled her house. “It took everything,” she said. Read the full […]

OneStop reaches out to help needy in south Santa Rosa

OneStop reaches out to help needy in south Santa Rosa

It is time consuming to be in poverty. There are agencies and organizations that assist with applying for food stamps and Medicaid. There are teams of experts dedicated to helping people find worthwhile jobs and careers. Local colleges offer incentives and programs for students looking to better themselves. There are even offices solely dedicated to […]

Push for charter school growth puts district funding in jeopardy

Push for charter school growth puts district funding in jeopardy

State dollars dedicated to helping Florida’s highest poverty schools achieve academic success could have to stretch a little farther thanks to legislation passed by the Florida House of Representatives last week. The new legislation, HB 7101, would require the district to allocate a larger percentage of Title I dollars directly to a larger number of […]

Reunification improves children’s lives

Reunification improves children’s lives

There are children who have been beaten by their caregivers so badly they were hospitalized. There are children younger than 7-years-old that have been left unsupervised while mom or dad went on a party binge. There are children who live in constant fear or uncertainty. While these children need out, to find a safe place […]

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 […]

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is a month dedicated to vulnerable children. It is National Autism Awareness Month, and it is also the Month of the Military Child. But April is special for the hundreds of children suffering from abuse and neglect right here in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties. This article is part of a series this April […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 1

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 1

FLORIDA OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS CUSTODY FOR DOCTOR’S CHILDREN Officials with the Florida Department of Children and Families are meeting to discuss a temporary custody solution for the daughters of slain Bonita Springs doctor Teresa Sievers after her husband was arrested in connection with her death. Sievers’ husband, Mark, was arrested Friday. On Saturday, a Lee […]