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Helping children, young adults and families

FamiliesFirst Network provides child welfare, foster care and adoption services in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties. Our specialized team is passionate about helping abused and neglected children and their families. We collaborate with partners throughout the state, in Northwest Florida’s four-county area and within our faith-based communities to ensure the safety and well-being of children.

Supporting families

Specially trained case managers support children and families with a wide range of needs – from outside of the home in foster or adoptive care, to prevention services inside the biological home, working to keep families together. In cases of suspected abuse, it is everyone’s responsibility to make a report.

When a child is removed from the biological home, reunifying that child with their family is always the initial goal. But when that goal shifts to adoption, we recruit some incredible people to wrap the children in love and provide safe homes. For those interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents, FamiliesFirst Network connects you to training and support to help you along your journey. We also offer young adult services to guide and assist those transitioning out of foster care.

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Get involved

We see families through some of their most vulnerable moments, helping children who have experienced abuse or neglect know safety and stability. The children we serve have increasingly complex medical and behavioral health needs.

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Adopt a child

FamiliesFirst Network is the trusted partner for adoptions in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties. When children need permanent adoptive families, FamiliesFirst Network is here to help both children and their adoptive families along their journey.

News & stories

Elyssa Forester Career Journey Spotlight

Career Journey Spotlight: Elyssa Forester

Our long-standing team member, Elyssa Forester, employment services manager, has gracefully navigated her 15-year tenure at LifeView Group through personal challenges and a deep-seated love for legal intricacies. Elyssa began working with us while she was still in college in 2009, initially assuming the entry-level role of behavior health technician at Lakeview Center’s West Florida […]

lifeview group ranked number 8 by Women's edge, 2024 top 100 women-led businesses in florida

LifeView Group ranked #8 on Top 100 Women-led Businesses in Florida

Pensacola is home to one of the state’s top women-led businesses. LifeView Group ranked No. 8 on this year’s “Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Florida” by The Women’s Edge. The list includes nonprofit and for-profit organizations whose leaders are among the highest-ranking female executives in the Florida marketplace. Allison Hill, LifeView Group’s chief executive officer, […]

Team Member of the Quarter Carol (left) with her supervisor Allie Ledford (right)

Congratulations to Team Member of the Quarter Carol!

Carol Hernandez, senior child welfare case manager in Shalimar, has been named Team Member of the Quarter for FamiliesFirst Network! Carol was recognized for helping coordinate a young child’s return to her mother in Guatemala – a feat that took months of preparation, including working with government officials, ensuring the child’s belongings were packed, and […]