Support For Youth In Foster Care

Families First is committed to providing safe and temporary homes for children in Georgia’s foster care system. Our staff provides foster families with the additional resources they need to be successful including: free training, support services and 24-hour access to our Case Specialists.

Steps to Becoming a Foster Parent

Step 1 – Orientation

This is a mandatory group orientation session where applicants can learn about the foster care program and how to become a foster parent. If you’re interested in participating in one of our orientation classes, call us today at 404-853-2844.

Step 2 – Impact Training

This is a 20-hour mandatory preparation program. IMPACT helps prepare applicants to learn about the foster care system, resources to help meet the need of children in care, child development, woring in partnership with biological parents and the impact foster care will have on their lives and the lives of their family.

Step 3 – Home Study

After completion of IMPACT training and satisfactory criminal background checks, a written home study of the prospective applicant’s strengths and needs is prepared.

Programs and Support for Foster Care Youth

We’ve traded the concept of “group homes”, for the more positive philosophy of a cooperative, where agency, community, family, and state come together to ensure that community involvement is an integral part of the cooperative experience for our youth.  Families First has two (2) Permanency Cooperatives located in metro-Atlanta that offer supportive care for male and female youth between the ages of 13-20 and provides each individual with weekly group counseling sessions.  Each cooperative can serve 6-7 teens at one time.

The Independent Living Program provides supportive services to youth transitioning out of the foster care system. Youth, ages 18 to 21, live in scattered site apartments while learning a variety of life skills and being provided linkages to resources to assist in their transition to adulthood.

Each youth will be assigned a Life Coach to assist them with meeting their daily needs, provide emotional support and guidance, and assist them with developing and  strengthening the life skills necessary to become a successful, independent adult. Skills and linkages include but are not limited to Education Services, Mentoring, Relationship Skills, Life Skills, Employment Resources, Behavioral Health Services, and Financial Literacy.

A Second Chance Home offers housing and support services for teen mothers between the ages of 13 to 19 with one child between infancy and pre-school age. The program assists young mothers in developing parenting skills, completing their education and becoming self-sufficient.

The Coaching and Comprehensive Health Supports (COACHES) Program recognizes that health, wellness and development of self-management skills are key determinants for successful outcomes for young adults in Georgia’s foster care system.  These four key determinants are:

  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Life Skills

DFCS Staff and Group Home Providers, email us at coaches@familiesfirst.org for enrollment forms.

The Families First mentoring initiative is designed to provide support networks for children and youth in foster care, as well as their families. Make it Click supports positive youth development by connecting youth in foster care and our Cooperatives (formerly called group homes) with dedicated volunteers who are committed to developing consistent positive engagement with youth.

Why is Fostering a Child so Rewarding?

Jestena & Charles

“The children in our house make it a home with their contagious laughter and a million and one questions. Absolutely joyful!”

Wallace

“The most rewarding part of fostering is when you can see the difference you make in a child’s life, especially sibling groups.”

Traci

“The most positive aspect of fostering is being able to provide a loving and nurturing environment for the benefit of children in care and make a difference.”