Who We Are
For the last 125 years, Families First has been providing empowering solutions for Atlanta’s most vulnerable population by connecting, strengthening, and sustaining families. In 1890, Families First started as an orphanage on the Westside of the city. Then in 1937, we went on to become the first licensed adoption agency in the state of Georgia. In 1964, we opened the first group home for troubled teens in the state, and in 1989 we developed a curriculum that more than 200 communities across the country use to help divorcing parents learn how to co-parent their children.
In 2014, Families First served more than 37,000 children, women and families during life’s toughest storms. We currently have 12 office locations across metro-Atlanta, three group homes that service foster care youth in our city, one home that serves single mothers in the foster care system and one home that supports formerly homeless teen mothers and their children. We also manage 45 units at a local apartment complex, which offers shelter and safety for homeless families struggling with a major illness, mental health concerns or substance abuse issues. In these facilities children, youth and families learn the importance of education, working to support their family and important life-skills. At Families First, we recognize the cycles of poverty are not broken by one program alone, so that is why we offer 11 programs. Through multiple locations, collaborations with community partners, and virtual services, Families First responds whenever and wherever we are needed.
THE FAMILIES FIRST STORY
Families First was founded in 1890 by two determined women who saw the need of helping orphaned girls in the state of Georgia. Due to the high levels of poverty across the US during the 1890’s, families often traveled to find work, and as a result often left their children behind. This lead the number of orphans to become an all time high. Today, that orphanage has turned into a family-service agency that helps more than 40,000 women, children and families annually across metro-Atlanta area.
Over the past 125 years, we have grown while also learning that we cannot stay the same. Needs have changed, family dynamics are different, and children are being forced to grow up faster today than ever before. At Families First, we are committed to constantly adjusting to the needs of our community, leveraging donations more efficiently, and working toward long-term family sustainability.