"By the time I'm 25, I will be finished with cosmetology school
and have my CNA license. I'll be married with 2 kids and I'll finally be happy!"
Nastasia G. (17)
"Success for me looks like having a well-paying job.
When I turn 30 I would like to be married with one child and a house."
Destin M. (14)
Investing in Success
Families First is committed to helping youth and families build successful and sustainable futures by providing mental health support, early education, support for youth in foster care, adoption services, parenting classes, supportive housing, and more. We work to strengthen families no matter what challenges they may be facing.
Although the definitions of success for the youth and families we serve may be diverse, Families First works to provide a range of services to set them on a path toward independence and self-sufficiency.
Ensure that youth are housed in a safe, stable, and supportive environment that not only meets basic needs but also provides a platform for stable mental health.
Ensure that youth demonstrate the best possible mental, behavioral, emotional, and physical health.
Ensure that youth improve academic achievement, self-esteem, and social competence, and reduce high-risk behavior.
Ensure that youth meet key academic milestones and learn to navigate post-high school pathways that match their talents and interests.
There are 15,000 children in foster care in Georgia at any given time.
are less likely to
graduate from high school
have had more than two placements
will most likely not obtain a bachelor’s degree
519 of Georgia’s youth aged-out of Foster Care in 2015
of young women
will become pregnant by age 21
will earn a college degree by age 25
will become homeless after age 18
For 129 years, Families First has been providing empowering solutions for Atlanta’s most vulnerable population. In 1890, Families First started as an orphanage on the Westside of the city on what is now the Spelman campus. 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 (now called cooperatives) for young people 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. Now, we are committed to setting up youth for success by young adulthood by providing them with key services to overcome life's challenges and reach their goals.
We recognize the cycles of poverty are not broken by one program or service alone so we offer a combination of services and supports to ensure foster and underserved youth are successful and independent by young adulthood. Through our collaborations with community partners, virtual services, and locations throughout the state of Georgia, Families First is able to impact youth and families by providing counseling services, health and wellness education for pregnant teens, early childhood education, life skills for youth in foster care, parenting classes, supportive housing, adoption facilitation and placement, and so much more.