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Stories

For more than 20 years, FamiliesFirst Network has served children who have been abused or neglected in Northwest Florida. In our 2023 fiscal year:

Our team members share our mission of “helping people” every day. Some of their stories are below.

All interview requests must be made through our Marketing and Communications department. For assistance, please call 850-503-8164.

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Operation Santa

Operation Santa

FamiliesFirst Network and Northwest Florida Health Network serve children who have experienced trauma, abuse or neglect in Northwest Florida. Operation Santa is an annual giving program to help children in foster care. Together with our community partners and local faith community we help 2,000 children celebrate the magic of Christmas. As one of Operation Santa’s […]

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Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Florida

Pensacola, Fla. (June 28, 2022) – Lakeview Center ranked #7 in the 2022 list of “Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Florida” by The Commonwealth Institute and Kaufman Rossin. The list includes non-profit and for-profit organizations considering factors in revenue, workplace diversity, innovation and customer benefits. Leaders are among the highest-ranking executives in the Florida marketplace. […]

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Report child abuse

According to Florida Statute, anyone can report child abuse. It is the community’s responsibility to report witnessed and suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation of children and the elderly. How to report child abuse: Call The Florida Abuse Hotline: 1-800-96ABUSE (1-800-962-2873) If you do suspect harm, please report your suspicions to help protect the child and […]

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What is trauma-informed care?

Trauma-informed care involves interactions that emphasize physical and emotional safety, choice and empowerment for the person receiving services. This approach engages people with histories of trauma and acknowledges the role it has played in their lives. Treatment reflects that experience. For instance, a therapist will ask “what happened to you?” instead of “what’s wrong with […]

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Lakeview Center launches as an independent nonprofit

Pensacola, Fla. (October 1, 2021) – Today marks the first day Lakeview Center launches as an independent nonprofit. The organization disaffiliated from its parent company, Baptist Health Care, after a 25-year affiliation. “Over the past 25 years, we’ve grown, and Baptist Health Care has as well,” said Allison Hill, president and CEO of Lakeview Center. […]