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This blog is a bi-weekly conversation with supporters of Families First who share in our commitment to create solutions to better the lives of children and families in our community.
Interests: The Families First Mission: To ensure the success of children in jeopardy by empowering families.
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As we reflect on the flurry of activity that most families experience during the month of May, we often consider renaming the entire month Mayhem! But as school, sports seasons and other activities begin to wind down into the lazier days of summer; it offers us a good moment to... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2012 at In Focus: The Families First Blog
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Last week, we held our 14th annual Dining for a Difference: Faces of Fatherhood. What an amazing night! The importance of fathers and father figures in the lives of children and youth can be life changing. From the stories shared by the scholarship recipients to Coach Carter to everyone who... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2012 at In Focus: The Families First Blog
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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ― Margaret Mead For over a century, Families First has successfully advocated for policies that have benefited youth in our community including the establishment of the first... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2012 at In Focus: The Families First Blog
“…unconditional commitment means simply that there is nothing a teen can do to stop being someone’s child.” Pat O’Brien A mentor can be a friend, a parent, a teacher, a coach. There are few relationships in life that are more impactful than those between a mentor and a young person.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2012 at In Focus: The Families First Blog
“The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving" Albert Einstein At Families First, we strive to achieve our mission by providing resources, education, and practical implementation strategies to assist families on their journey toward self sustainability. We engage families... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2012 at In Focus: The Families First Blog
"Our nation's children are our greatest asset and our most precious treasure." ~ Christopher Dodd Every child deserves an opportunity to reach for the stars; a chance to make their dreams come true; a family to support and encourage them along the way. Families are the foundation of our community... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2011 at In Focus: The Families First Blog
For some people, the taste of gingerbread cookies, the smell of cinnamon candles, and the flickering lights of Christmas trees can create an undeniable sense of holiday bliss. However, this time of year can also be associated with anxiety, tension and stress. In fact, the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Stress... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2011 at In Focus: The Families First Blog
Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” Jane Howard Every young person deserves a stable, loving family who supports their goals and encourages them to reach for their dreams. Unfortunately, about... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2011 at In Focus: The Families First Blog
At Families First, we believe that every child should have a safe, nurturing, life-long family to protect and guide them. This is why we are committed to providing adoption services and other supports to ensure the long-term stability for children and youth who don't currently have a lasting family connection.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2011 at In Focus: The Families First Blog
Family is the first school for young children, and parents are powerful models. Alice Sterling Honig Family is at the very root of a stable education. At Families First, we recognize that learning starts before a child ever enters a classroom. Based on the Perry Study done in the 1960s,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2011 at In Focus: The Families First Blog
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month “Ensuring the success of children in jeopardy by empowering families” means going the extra mile to provide wholistic services to families; services that are comprehensive, empowering but not intrusive. Every 9 seconds a woman is battered in the United States (MA, 1998, Georgia Department... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2011 at In Focus: The Families First Blog
It is that time of year again! With the holidays right around the corner, there is no better time to support a family in need. The Families First Adopt a Family program is designed to give you an opportunity to support a family for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. Whether this is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2011 at In Focus: The Families First Blog
This week's video for the Families First Video Series highlights why members of the Families First board choose to support Families First. Take a look an this video and be inspired to get involved in your community in order to ensure the success of children in jeopardy by empowering families.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2011 at In Focus: The Families First Blog
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Earlier this month the Census Bureau reported that last year another 2.6 million Americans slipped into poverty and the number of men, women and children in this country living below the official poverty line is now 46.2 million, the highest number in the 52 years since the bureau has been... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2011 at In Focus: The Families First Blog
Watch Mrs. Alice Holmes Washington share about the history of Families First. Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2011 at In Focus: The Families First Blog
Here at Families First, we like to monitor the national trends and data as it pertains to children so that we offer the best services that will ensure the success of children in jeopardy by empowering families. The 22nd Annual Kids Count Data Book profiles the status of children on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2011 at In Focus: The Families First Blog
"Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person." - Mother Teresa The impact of caring and supportive adults in the lives of youth is insurmountable, particularly for those youth who have been impacted by familial separation. More particularly, we clearly know that if young people, particularly those... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2011 at In Focus: The Families First Blog
Watch the first video in Families First's new video series and help us name it! Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2011 at In Focus: The Families First Blog
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Here at Families First, we are always excited when one of our youth graduates from high school. It is even more exciting when they go on to college, vocational training programs, or other post secondary endeavors that lead to self sufficiency. According to the 2011 Kids Count Report by the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2011 at In Focus: The Families First Blog
About a week ago, Families First had the honor of hosting about 200 young Atlantans at our first Revel for a Cause event. The goal of Revel for a Cause is to garner the excitement, commitment and passion of our next generation of leaders in the mission of Families First.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2011 at In Focus: The Families First Blog
Can it be possible for Atlanta Public Schools to emerge from this time stronger in its broken places? Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2011 at In Focus: The Families First Blog
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Families First continuously strives to provide solutions for children and families facing life's greatest challenges. It is our long history of service that has established Families First as the leading non-profit family service agency in the state of Georgia. With so many families facing difficulties, now, more than ever, is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2011 at In Focus: The Families First Blog
During our momentous 120th Year Celebration in May Families First instituted a new tradition. The Sarah Grant and Lucetta Lawson “Service Above Self Award” was created to honor a Families First volunteer, board member, client or employee who embodies the commitment to the service of children in jeopardy that is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2011 at In Focus: The Families First Blog
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A father in a child’s life can be the difference between a college degree and a criminal record but for so many young people in the United States, their fathers were never present. According to the National Principals Association Report on State High Schools, 71% of all High School dropouts... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2011 at In Focus: The Families First Blog
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It is that time of year again; the time when young people celebrate their educational achievements with caps and gowns, diplomas, and tons of familial support. Families First seeks to encourage families to play an active role in the educational success of all children. Families First in Schools(FFIS) is a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2011 at In Focus: The Families First Blog