For the last 127 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.
We currently have 12 office locations across metro-Atlanta, two group homes that service foster care youth in our city, one home that serves single mothers in the foster care system. 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 we offer a combination of programs and supports. Through multiple locations, collaborations with community partners, and virtual services, Families First responds whenever and wherever we are needed.