Congratulations to our CEO DePriest Waddy and COO Julio Carrillo for being named to the 2021 Atlanta 500 – Atlanta’s Most Powerful Leaders by Atlanta Magazine. We salute the phenomenal leadership of DePriest and Julio, who led the Families First team to launch a new mission and strategic plan for our 130-year-old organization last year focused […]
With the disturbing violent events of the past week, on top of the pandemic and one of the most difficult years in our recent history, families everywhere are experiencing mental health crises of epic proportions. Our collective mental well-being is being tested beyond our strength. Trauma, fear, anxiety and isolation are taking a toll and the […]
By H.M. Cauley, For the AJC The pandemic has turned parents into teachers who have to handle the challenges of online and distance learning at unprecedented levels. It’s a tough job, and one that can be even more difficult if the parent faces language and economic barriers. Families from Beaver Ridge, Berkeley Lake and Norcross elementary […]
By Gracie Bonds Staples, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution The first time I heard about an adoption party — dozens of foster care children, case managers and adults getting to know each other — friends of ours were hoping to give a child a forever home. I always found that process, well, curious. It was tantamount to making […]
A Message from DePriest Waddy, CEO: Exciting things are happening at Families First. This year has been fraught with hardship, and many families are more fragile than ever. These extraordinary times call for a bold new vision, and Families First has risen to the challenge. We have developed an innovative strategy to drive meaningful change for families while working together to break down the barriers to opportunity created by decades of social injustice.
Our new Navigator model combines tried and true best practices with a new approach for building strong families. With a focus on building resilience, we will serve the whole family (two+ generations) and work across the community to accelerate the whole family so they can achieve their full potential.
I hope you enjoy learning more about our bold vision for the future of Families First and, even more importantly, the lasting change we know we can help the families we serve achieve. With you in our corner, we are truly helping families build resilience so children can thrive.