CHILDREN FIRST INC

Every child deserves a safe home.

Athens, GA   |  www.childrenfirst-inc.org

Mission

To engage families in our community and the courts to promote safe, nurturing and permanent homes for children.

Ruling year info

1995

Principal Officer

Susie Weller

Associate Director

Mary Joyce

Main address

693 North Pope Street

Athens, GA 30601 USA

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Formerly known as

Athens-Oconee CASA Program Inc

EIN

58-2100852

NTEE code info

Public Interest Law/Litigation (I83)

Protection Against and Prevention of Neglect, Abuse, Exploitation (I70)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Our programs

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Children First

Children First, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Athens, Ga. dedicated to promoting safe homes for children in times of family crisis. Children First administers three programs: Athens-Oconee CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), SPARC (Supportive Parenting and Access Resource Center), and Safe Care.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Athens Oconee Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a national non-profit that seeks to recruit and train volunteers from out local communities to act as a voice for children in foster care. As a CASA volunteer, you are empowered by a court appointment signed by a judge to help change a child's story.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

SafeCare is an evidence-based parent training curriculum designed to make parenting easier, safer, and more rewarding for families. SafeCare Home Visitors meet weekly with families to provide lots of great resources like health manuals and safety kits. SafeCare Visitors work with parents to improve home safety and teach parents how to effectively address health and safety issues. SafeCare provides tips to parents on how to plan activities with their children and how to respond appropriately to various child behaviors. SafeCare aims to support parents as they enhance their child-parent bond and make plants for the future.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Families

Supportive Parenting and Access Resource Center
SPARC works with non-custodial parents in child support enforcement cases to bond with their children and encourage them to provide emotional and financial support. SPARC provides skills-based education, mediation between parents, visitation coordination, parental rights education, parenting plan development, and legitimation education.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Families

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Financials

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CHILDREN FIRST INC

Board of directors
as of 3/11/2022
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Board chair

Charles Carabello

N/A

Melissa Schofield

Molly Petner

Ellie Young

Carol Bitner

Mike Hunsinger

Kimberly Locklin

David Meyers

Alan Platt

Akilah Thomas

Matthew Welker

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  • Board orientation and 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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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