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Sabel Grey {6 months old} – Pensacola, FL Baby Photographer – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

One of my baby planners sitting up like a big girl!  I mean how cute is she?!  I love chunky babies!!!  So it’s safe to say I REALLY love her!  I’m so honored to watch her grow up!  Wait until you see her brother!  Both little heart melters. <3

Pensacola, FL Baby Photographer - 6 months old - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola, FL Baby Photographer – 6 months old – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola, FL Baby Photographer - 6 months old - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola, FL Baby Photographer – 6 months old – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola, FL Baby Photographer - 6 months old - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola, FL Baby Photographer – 6 months old – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola, FL Baby Photographer - 6 months old - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola, FL Baby Photographer – 6 months old – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola, FL Baby Photographer - 6 months old - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola, FL Baby Photographer – 6 months old – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola, FL Baby Photographer - 6 months old - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola, FL Baby Photographer – 6 months old – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola, FL Baby Photographer - 6 months old - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola, FL Baby Photographer – 6 months old – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola, FL Baby Photographer - 6 months old - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola, FL Baby Photographer – 6 months old – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola, FL Baby Photographer - 6 months old - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola, FL Baby Photographer – 6 months old – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola, FL Baby Photographer - 6 months old - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola, FL Baby Photographer – 6 months old – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola, FL Baby Photographer - 6 months old - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola, FL Baby Photographer – 6 months old – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola, FL Baby Photographer - 6 months old - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola, FL Baby Photographer – 6 months old – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola, FL Baby Photographer - 6 months old - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola, FL Baby Photographer – 6 months old – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Available for Adoption and looking for that “Forever Familiy” – Pensacola, FL – First Families Network – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

The title is startling isn’t it?  I am physically sick with emotion sitting here looking at these kids on my computer screen in front of me.  I am wiping away tears as I think about the possible scenarios for these kid’s future.

First Families Network - Adoption - Pensacola, FL - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

First Families Network – Adoption – Pensacola, FL – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

 

These children have no home, no family.   It just breaks my heart.  As a mother of 3 children, it horrifies me to think that my children could feel alone or like nobody wanted them and then I think how I was growing up and couldn’t imagine not having my mom and dad.  Yet here in these pictures they seem happy, innocent, carefree.    This is where my job becomes very rewarding to me.  I pulled up to the National Seashore and met Peggy Custred, with First Families Network of Pensacola (you can visit their page here and their FB page here).  She gave me a brief summary of the kids I was going to be shooting. Josh 15, Devon 12 and Natalie 10.  I was thinking about myself at that age and what I was doing at that time in my life.  And it broke my heart to think of what these children are missing out on.   Pretty shortly after I arrived, a white van pulled into the parking lot with them and their case worker behind the wheel.  I could see their faces through the window as they parked their car.  They looked sad.  They had just gotten back from court and it had apparently not been good.  They got out and walked with their heads down and Josh the oldest one looked up and made eye contact sorta nodding his head hello, very shy but polite.  Devon was quiet with his hands in his pockets and Natalie had a pout with her arms crossed and would not look at me.  I could imagine the news they had just gotten so it was my new mission to try and make them forget about it.   I cracked some joke on how exciting getting their photos done was going to be.  You know how all tweens loooove to get their photos made.  yeah right…  haha.   I started leading them to where we were going to shoot.  You can tell the older two were excited to explore and immediately began to relax.  I asked them questions about themselves like how old they were, what grade they were in etc.  They seemed like they were easy going and willing participants which is rare for them 1. being boys 2. given their age.  I was excited at this point.  Now, Natalie…  I had to work on sweet Natalie.  I finally got some smiles out of her when I told her I’d have to make her case worker lay on the dirt for her pictures.  That was pretty silly.  From there she slowly started coming out of her shell.  When I posed them together you could tell that they were “home”.  Natalie ADORES her brothers and latched onto them.  They are so affectionate and seem to find comfort in one another.  I later found out that Natalie doesn’t stay with them.  She is in a different home than her brothers.  Makes sense now on how she was clinging to them at the shoot.  What an honor it was for me to meet them.  Such a little gesture for HUGE rewards.  Humbling experience.

I’m glad that I could at least even for 15 minutes make them smile and forget everything even just for a moment.  The fact that somebody might see these images and be inspired by their story gives me chill bumps.  Oh and let’s not forget to mention how ADORABLE and ridiculously good looking they are!!!

 

Here is a little bit of heart breaking information I received from Peggy Custred on facts about children up for adoption in our area:

 

 “As you know FamiliesFirst Network covers the 4 counties of the Panhandle.  We have approximately 1200 children who are receiving services from us.  About 1/3 of these kids are still living at home.  Another 1/3 have been removed from the homes and placed with relatives and another 1/3 are in foster care.  (Unfortunately we are so short on foster homes many of our children have to be placed in foster homes or group homes outside of this area, around the state.  This is a huge crisis we are having right now.).  Most children in foster care will eventually go home.  Most of those who can never return home will be referred for adoption.  (A few older kids will remain in our Independent Living program.)   Most of the kids referred to us for adoption will be adopted by their foster parents or relatives.  However at any one time we usually have around 50 children who are “free” for adoption but who have no identified families.   These are the children for whom I am recruiting and whose pictures we take.  All of these waiting children are older.  Many are teenagers who know they still need a family that lasts a life time. Several are members of sibling groups like the Joshua, Devin and Natalie whom you photographed the other day.  We just got a sibling group of 5 kids and have several groups of 4 coming to us so we have a huge need for families who want siblings.   We are very committed to keeping siblings together for adoption and in the past placed a group of 7 sisters in one adoptive family.  We have three teen moms who want to be adopted with their babies. We have two children with significant medical challenges.    We have several kids who have mental health challenges.  We have several kids who are involved in the juvenile delinquency system.  All these kids are in need of a family who can understand they have been victims of abuse or neglect and that they are survivors.   Some are just more resilient than others.” …

The children are posted on FFN web site as well as on the Department of Children and Families Explore Adoption.  

First Families Network – Adoption – http://www.baptisthealthcare.com/FamiliesFirstNetwork/Adoption.aspx

First Families Network – Foster Parenting -  http://www.familiesfirstnetwork.org/FamiliesFirstNetwork/FosterCare.aspx

First Families Network – Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/FamiliesFirstNetwork

First Families Network - Adoption - Pensacola, FL - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

First Families Network – Adoption – Pensacola, FL – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

First Families Network - Adoption - Pensacola, FL - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

First Families Network – Adoption – Pensacola, FL – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

First Families Network - Adoption - Pensacola, FL - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

First Families Network – Adoption – Pensacola, FL – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

First Families Network - Adoption - Pensacola, FL - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

First Families Network – Adoption – Pensacola, FL – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

First Families Network - Adoption - Pensacola, FL - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

First Families Network – Adoption – Pensacola, FL – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

First Families Network - Adoption - Pensacola, FL - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

First Families Network – Adoption – Pensacola, FL – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

First Families Network - Adoption - Pensacola, FL - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

First Families Network – Adoption – Pensacola, FL – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

First Families Network - Adoption - Pensacola, FL - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

First Families Network – Adoption – Pensacola, FL – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

First Families Network - Adoption - Pensacola, FL - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

First Families Network – Adoption – Pensacola, FL – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

First Families Network - Adoption - Pensacola, FL - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

First Families Network – Adoption – Pensacola, FL – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

First Families Network - Adoption - Pensacola, FL - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

First Families Network – Adoption – Pensacola, FL – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

First Families Network - Adoption - Pensacola, FL - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

First Families Network – Adoption – Pensacola, FL – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

First Families Network - Adoption - Pensacola, FL - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

First Families Network – Adoption – Pensacola, FL – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

First Families Network - Adoption - Pensacola, FL - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

First Families Network – Adoption – Pensacola, FL – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

First Families Network - Adoption - Pensacola, FL - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

First Families Network – Adoption – Pensacola, FL – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

First Families Network - Adoption - Pensacola, FL - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

First Families Network – Adoption – Pensacola, FL – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

02/25 - 5:39 am

Courtney St James - Have these children found a home? I would take them in a heartbeat!

02/25 - 2:35 pm

lindseyfriar@lindseyfriar.com - Thank you and Bless you! Here is the contact information pertaining these children:
Peggy Custred
Adoption Recruitment
FamiliesFirst Network
1221 W. Lakeview Ave.
Pensacola, Florida 32501
850-426-9565 (cell)
866-313-9874 (toll free)

02/25 - 8:57 pm

Lindsay Rowland - Lindsey,
Hi! Our kiddos were at Children’s Place together before we moved to Tampa last summer. I actually started a photography business down here and it’s been going really well. I just read your blog with Joshua, Devin and Natalie and am sitting here in tears. I have had foster care on my heart for so long and it’s something I really feel moved to do, I just can’t do it with having my little guys. Maybe in the future, I just know now is not the time. That being said, I have so much respect for your involvement and would LOVE to do the same. I am wondering if Peggy might have a contact down here so I could volunteer my services. Either way, it’s really cool what you are doing and I know those kiddos will always have that memory:)

02/25 - 9:32 pm

lindseyfriar@lindseyfriar.com - Hi Lindsay! Thank you so much for your comment! I feel the same. I fell like this is the least I can do. I would shoot Peggy a call and ask for information for your area or google it maybe? Here is her contact info:

Peggy Custred
Adoption Recruitment
FamiliesFirst Network
1221 W. Lakeview Ave.
Pensacola, Florida 32501
850-426-9565 (cell)
866-313-9874 (toll free)

02/26 - 3:30 am

Tracy Purdy - Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful children the way you did. It has truly been a blessing for our family to adopt a child through Families First. It is such a sad situation at the lack of foster homes and adoptive homes for older children! I pray the perfect fit for these children and for the family welcoming them into their family! Adoption is such a beautiful thing!

02/26 - 3:25 pm

lindseyfriar@lindseyfriar.com - Thank you Tracy! Bless you for adopting!! And I really appreciate your positive feedback!

02/26 - 8:12 pm

rex sutton - I don’t know how I can help but I am a retired male that has a empty bedroom, I don’t want to keep anyone full time but if there is any other way I can help let me know please.

02/28 - 9:52 pm

Rachel Budde - My husband and I would love to adopt all three of them. I’ll give Peggy a call on mon and see what we can do!!!

03/01 - 2:34 am

lindseyfriar@lindseyfriar.com - How amazing! Thank you!

03/01 - 11:25 am

Leandro Torres - Hi, thanks for sharing. I was wondering if being from Georgia made a difference. This has been on our hearts for years now. Will call and get more info. Thanks!

03/01 - 2:56 pm

lindseyfriar@lindseyfriar.com - That’s great Leandro! Bless you for this!

Brooklyn – 9 months old – Pensacola Baby Photographer – Lindsey Friar Photography

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer - Lindsey Friar Photography 2015

Pensacola Baby and Family Photographer – Lindsey Friar Photography 2015