Foster Care

Tyson looking to share smiles

Tyson looking to share smiles

Happy, helpful and funny best describes Tyson! He is a friendly boy with a quirky personality and enjoys making others smile. Tyson likes watching cartoons, especially Pokemon. He loves Pokemon so much that when asked what cartoon character he would want to be he picked Pikachu! Tyson also likes to color and play outside. He […]

Skylar is full of ambition

Skylar is full of ambition

Helpful, hardworking and enthusiastic best describes Skylar. He is an energetic young man who works hard to meet expectations and do the right thing. He is also outgoing and enjoys spending time with others. Skylar is active and loves being outside exploring or doing yard work. He says his perfect day would be having breakfast […]

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 […]

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 […]

Creative teen Lydia seeking forever family

Creative teen Lydia seeking forever family

Lydia seems shy when you first meet her, but in fact she is friendly and nurturing; qualities that are great in any teacher, which is what she wants to be when she grows up. Lydia has a positive attitude and is often walking around with a big smile on her face. She is pleasant to […]

Future police officer needs supportive family

Future police officer needs supportive family

Meet Jeremy! He describes himself as smart, helpful and enthusiastic. Jeremy’s case worker says he is all boy as Jeremy loves to play outside, play video games, and build Legos. Jeremey says his perfect day would include playing Need for Speed on Xbox followed by riding bikes with his forever family. He also describes himself […]

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 […]

United Methodist Children’s Home more than an orphanage

United Methodist Children’s Home more than an orphanage

What started as an orphanage in Selma, Alabama, in 1890 has grown to a regional assistance program supporting at-risk children and teens throughout Alabama and northwest Florida. While many new programs are on the books for United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH), Florida Executive Director Tracey Williams said many people still think of UMCH as a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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; […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]