SAFFT Announces Partnership with Families First
This partnership will create dedicated foster homes for Hall County youth
(Gainesville, GA) March 1, 2018 –Supporting Adoption & Foster Families Together, Inc. (SAFFT) announced they are partnering with Families First to provide comprehensive services and dedicated foster homes for Hall County’s foster youth.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with SAFFT for this important endeavor,” said Terry Tucker, CEO of Families First. “We like this model of service because it will keep Hall County kids in Hall County. This creates less disruption for the kids and allows for family reunification when possible.”
SAFFT and Families First will provide a wrap-around service model covering prevention, intervention and aftercare for Georgia’s families in crisis and youth in foster care. This model will place a Families First recruiter and case manager at the SAFFT Family Restoration Center in Gainesville to recruit, train and approve foster families.
Once these foster homes are established, they will serve Hall County youth exclusively, which will ensure these children receive services in their home county with limited disruptions. Children who are served by SAFFT spend an average of 90 fewer days in foster care. Less than 5% of reunified children will return to foster care after completing the program.
“We are excited to partner with Families First,” said Brian Anderson, CEO of SAFFT. “We can’t do this mission alone. It truly takes a village to make an impact on caring for our most broken families and most vulnerable children. This partnership will deliver the solutions to children and families in crisis beginning in a community that is close to our hearts – Hall County.”
Following a successful launch in Hall, SAFFT plans to launch services in other parts of Georgia in collaboration with Families First.
SAFFT (Supporting Adoption & Foster Families Together) is a non-profit organization with a mission to protect children, rebuild families and empower caregivers. SAFFT’s leadership strongly believes change begins with the entire community including the families in crisis, the children in foster and adoptive care, caregivers supporting the children and organizations charged with protecting and serving the children and families. SAFFT operates two Georgia-based family crisis centers located in the cities of Cumming, Gainesville and Rome.
Families First: Families First is dedicated to helping foster youth, those who age out of foster care and youth living in poverty find Success @ 25 through four impact areas – Housing, Optimal Wellness, Mentoring, Education/Experience (H.O.M.E.). Established in 1890, Families First has been Georgia’s leading nonprofit, family service agency having a significant impact on individuals, families, children and youth primarily within the metro-Atlanta area. Families First is licensed by the State of Georgia as a Child Placing Agency (CPA) and a Child Care Institution (CCI). The organization is both CARF and COA accredited and partners with a number of other non-profits as well as state agencies, corporations, local businesses, schools and churches, all to ensure the long-term connectivity, strengthening and sustainability of families and communities.