Are you a current foster parent in Walton County? Welcome! First, we want to thank you for opening your home and your heart to the children of our community; our most precious resource. Second, we want to help you! Let us get to know you, find out what your needs are and see if we can match our services to meet your needs! Please view each area of ministry below and let us know how we can help. We look forward to meeting you and your family and hope to provide some support to you as soon as possible! You are making a difference and we see it. God sees it. Thank you!
If you are a foster parent in Walton County then you need to know about our Foster Parent Support Group. Meetings are held on a two months on, one month off schedule on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6 pm. These meetings are held at the Freeport, Destiny Worship Center Campus. During these support group meetings you will have the opportunity to meet and get to know other local foster families while receiving the necessary education hours to maintain your licensure. We always have guest speakers who are relevant to foster care needs. Please email Casey Draughn, Support Group Ministry Leader to be added to the Support Group email contact list. Casey will email you information about the dates, times and topic of the upcoming support group meeting.
Several local businesses have partnered with PurposeOne:27 to encourage you through their care and support. Once we have you on our foster parent contact list we will ensure you receive gift certificates for things such as free meals, reduced costs of meals and services, free pedicure/manicure, photography services, and anything else that has been provided by our local business partners.
Foster parents often tell us they find comfort in knowing that someone is praying for them. We realize the physical and emotional toll that fostering can take on families and we believe in the power of prayer. Email your prayer request to firstname.lastname@example.org and you can be sure that we will be praying for you.
Our respite ministry hold quarterly events, usually at our Freeport, Destiny Worship Center campus. We allow you to drop your children off for 3-4 hours while you spend the free time however you choose. Maybe go on a date night or shop without little ones in tow. Maybe take a nap! ? There is no charge for the event, but registration is required. While parents are out, the children are entertained with a pizza party, snack time, crafts, games and free play. If you are interested in participating in one of our respite events please email Misty Williams, Respite Ministry Leader and she can email you the registration information.
If you have taken in a foster child/children, you know that the state assistance does not cover all of the costs. Please email Lisa Morgan, Supply Ministry Leader. She will work with you to determine what supplies need you have that we could assist with. Here are some items we see the most need for: diapers, wipes, clothing, linens for crib or toddler beds, shoes, school supplies, and coats. Sometimes we may have new or gently used items that have been donated, however, often we realize it may be easier to offer a gift card so that you can get the items of your preference.
|Families First Network||850.892.8647|
|For information on becoming a licensed foster parent or for adoption|
|The Matrix-Defuniak Springs||850.892.1090|
|Mortgage, Rental, Utility Assistance, Clothes Closet, Employment Assistance, Food Pantry, Veteran’s Services|
|Childrens Volunteer Health Network||850.622.3200|
|Free medical and dental care for qualifying children|
|Assistance and support for women overcoming drug addiction and sex trafficking through transitional housing, bridge program, counseling, training, mentoring in a Christ-centered environment|
|Children’s Advocacy Center||850.833.9237|
|Assisting children who have been abused, neglected or assaulted through child friendly investigations process as healing|
|Pregnancy Support Center||850.892.7400|
|Assisting pregnant moms up to the first year of their child’s life with training, resources, peer counseling and practical support, also offers pregnancy testing|
|Walton County Woman Infants and Children (WIC)||850.892.8020|
|Free food for pregnant women or teens with children under five years old|
|Walton County Early Learning Coalition||850.892.8560|
|Provides free childcare for parents who work outside the home 20 hours a week or more|
|Facebook Foster Parent Support Group||850.892.8647|
|Offered through Families First Network, this is a closed group for current and past foster parents with information on training, special events and more. Contact your local FFN office.|
|Foster & Adoptive Parent Association (FAPA) of North Okaloosa and Walton County||850.826.2144|
Meets every other month on the 2nd Monday of the month at Emmanuel Baptist Church
3252 James Lee Boulevard Crestview, FL