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Mission, Vision and Values

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Helping people

Be the trusted partner


  • Treat people right
  • Take care of each other
  • Never settle
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FamiliesFirst Network is an affiliate of LifeView Group. As a comprehensive human services organization, we can bridge gaps unlike any other agency.

Substance misuse and mental health issues can potentially overlap into child abuse, abandonment and neglect. That’s where our child welfare teams at FamiliesFirst Network can step in to help ensure the safety of children while our Lakeview Center behavioral health care teams work with the parent’s to receive recovery services. FamiliesFirst also serves foster children with special needs. As children and families’ needs expand and contract, our teams collaborate to adapt and develop innovative solutions in serving Gulf Coast families. We also serve persons with disabilities who are seeking meaningful work and independence. For those who need it, Global Connections to Employment (GCE) provides job opportunities across a diverse pool of business lines, from facilities maintenance to food services and commercial businesses to health care environments.

Because of LifeView Group, people with mental illnesses and addiction disorders can get the treatments they need, people with disabilities can find employment, and children who have experienced abuse or neglect can know safety and stability.

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Trauma-informed care

Trauma-informed care is woven into our culture, helping us build trust with the people we serve. Trauma-informed care helps broach sensitive topics while ensuring inclusion, empathy and non-judgmental interactions. Through this approach, our team asks permission, offers control and finds support for each individual. We get to know each person’s history without being invasive.

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Legislative requirements

“Effective July 2014, the Florida Legislature enacted numerous changes to laws and programs intended to protect children from abuse and neglect. These laws modified requirements for child abuse investigation services provided by the Department of Children and Families and amended laws establishing the State’s privatized child welfare services through community-based care agencies. The purposes of Ch. 39, F.S., were also modified to emphasize the premise that the safety of children is the paramount concern in the dependency process. The information provided here is to comply with Florida Statutes.”