Human Services

Supporting Adoption & Foster Families Together Inc

Quick Facts

aka SAFFT

Cumming, GA

Mission

Our mission is to Protect Children, Rebuild Families and Empower Caregivers. We are a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.

Everyday our program aims to save broken children before they become broken adults. We serve children and families in the North Georgia region including Forsyth, Hall, Cherokee, Atlanta, White, Gwinnett, Jackson, and other neighboring counties.

We have created an environment like nowhere else in the State of Georgia to protect society's most neglected and abused children. We understand that children in foster care are not looking for a new family but simply want their own family healthier and more stable. We offer families in crisis safe supervised and supportive visitations, domestic violence services, parenting and life skills education, a mentoring program that provides life coaching, Celebrate Freedom classes, a career closet, transportation, and emergency aid.

Ruling Year

2009

CEO

Brian Anderson

Main Address

219 Castleberry Rd

Cumming, GA 30040 USA

Keywords

Foster care, Adoption, Supervised Visitation, Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, Child Neglect

EIN

26-4575188

 Number

1292271363

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Foster Care (P32)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Our programs

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Family Restoration Program

Safe Havens Visitation & Exchange Program

Empowered Parent Education Program

The Only Way

Caregiver Support Program

Family Counseling & Healing Program

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

The SAFFT model has one of two goals for each family: a safe and effective family reunification when families are healed from trauma and abuse, or long-term permanency for a child when it is not safe for a child to return home. Through nearly 8 years of building and perfecting our model, we are proudly standing on an outcome that no other agency in Georgia (that we're aware of) can make: on average, we are reducing the time that children spend in foster care by 90 days.

The program strategies, practices, and curriculum for our service plans were chosen because they represent best-in-class models in the specific field of reunification of children in care, protection for children in trauma, implementation of effective supervised visitation services, and delivery of parent coaching strategies. Both the NYSPCC and the SVN programs are recognized nationally and utilized by hundreds of agencies and programs in the field of social services and supervised visitation. Active Parenting Now and Nurturing Parent are family-centered trauma-informed initiatives designed to build nurturing parenting skills as an alternative to abusive and neglecting parenting and child-rearing practices. The long term goals are to prevent recidivism in families receiving social services, lower the rate of multi-parent teenage pregnancies, reduce the rate of juvenile delinquency and alcohol abuse, and stop the intergenerational cycle of child abuse by teaching positive parenting behaviors. These evidence based models specifically serve the target population of children in foster care with a reunification or alternative permanency plans by utilizing data and research proven methods to remove barriers so that nearly all services are accessible and measured for effectiveness. Practices such as nontraditional hours of operation and offering transportation help ensure they are effective for parents who are in poverty, lack transportation, and are not consistent with accessing community services. Evidence of effectiveness is clear when we see that over 70% of our parent's access services on a consistent basis and that they are progressing though staged visitations. Evidence of outcomes are clear when we evaluate the number of drug screens positive or negative for a client over time and their Visitation Plan is progressing.

We have two Family Life Centers that operate state-of-the-art family crisis programs with experienced staff. With key facilities, trained and experienced staff, and funding, we are able to deliver our mission and meet our goals for families.

The SAFFT Family Life Center programming is based on the NYSPCC visitation model and the SVN (Supervised Visitation Network) to establish an evidence-based program and strategies. SAFFT and the management team continue to evaluate all policies, procedures, and staff effectiveness quarterly and on an annual basis through a several efforts.
1) The management team hosts leadership meetings ongoing where outcomes from each program are reported on and evaluated.
2) Visitation Coordinators are required to conduct regular evaluations and scoring of staff monitoring visits by using a “Parent Coaching Scorecard" that measures the effectiveness and use of evidence-based strategies and models.
3) Visitation Coordinators read all reports submitted by staff to ensure practice models and outcomes are met.
4) Service Plans & Visitation Plans are reviewed on a regular basis prior to submission to outside parties to ensure quality and effectiveness of evidence-based practices.
5) Continuous training occurs during 1:1 meetings and regular staff meetings hosted by management.

We have accomplished significant program growth including:
1) An addition of a Family Counseling Center in 2016
2) Expansion of services into Hall County
3) Additional training for key staff
4) Implementation of a Program Manager to oversee quality and cases
5) We on average reduce the time children are in care by 90 days

We have yet to accomplish:
1) Funding to pay staff members their true value to drive sustainable hiring practices and recruitment efforts for the best talent
2) Counseling services for Hall County

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Not Applicable

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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