Foster Parents

Navarre needs foster parents with love to share

Navarre needs foster parents with love to share

Typically, the faith and family page features the smiling faces of children looking for a family all their own through the process of adoption; however, this week Navarre Press is highlighting the need for foster parents in the Navarre community. There are 1,442 children in foster care throughout Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties. […]

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 […]

Navarre gives Gaetz warm welcome

Navarre gives Gaetz warm welcome

U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz was received positively by the packed porch of Dewey Destin’s in Navarre Saturday during his “Won’t Back Down Tour” through northwest Florida. The staunch conservative addressed a variety of topics during his Q and A with the public including increasing benefits to partially disabled veterans and limiting aid to foreign nations. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 28

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 28

FLORIDA HOUSE POISED TO BAN ‘SANCTUARY CITY’ POLICIES ACROSS FLORIDA The bill debated Thursday on the full floor intends to force local officials into complying with federal authorities and threatens those who refuse to do so with hefty penalties and a potential oust from office. Florida would be able to withhold state funding from local […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

My Father’s Arrows expands assistance to families in need

My Father’s Arrows expands assistance to families in need

You cannot run from a calling from God. That’s what founder of My Father’s Arrows thrift store Sarah Ellis says. Back in 2013, she said she was struck with the idea of creating a community to support foster families in the community by creating a group living facility, and the idea would not quit. “When […]

Save a life, foster a pet

Save a life, foster a pet

Animal shelters, humane societies and rescues across the country are looking for foster homes for their animals, and the Navarre and Pensacola areas are no exception.  Shelters are overcrowded, leaving some to be euthanized in order to manage the numbers they have.  Social media sites are inundated daily with lost or found pets and some […]