Every child deserves a safe home.

Athens, GA   |
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EIN: 58-2100852


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

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Principal Officer

Susie Weller

Main address

693 North Pope Street

Athens, GA 30601 USA

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Formerly known as

Athens-Oconee CASA Program Inc



Subject area info

Abuse prevention

Public interest law

Family services

Youth services

Population served info

Children and youth




At-risk youth

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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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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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

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

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

Where we work


Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 30
Financial documents
2021 Financial Statements 2019 2009 Financials
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.97 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 18% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of CHILDREN FIRST INC’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $4,535 -$18,971 $126,677 $159,961 $12,097
As % of expenses 0.9% -3.5% 23.7% 27.9% 1.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $4,535 -$29,893 $115,532 $147,923 -$30
As % of expenses 0.9% -5.4% 21.1% 25.3% 0.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $534,841 $531,044 $593,042 $596,223 $747,293
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -0.7% 11.7% 0.5% 25.3%
Program services revenue 0.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Government grants 89.7% 85.5% 78.9% 83.1% 74.2%
All other grants and contributions 10.1% 14.5% 19.0% 16.7% 25.1%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 2.1% 0.2% 0.4%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $530,306 $539,558 $535,352 $572,462 $703,015
Total expenses, % change over prior year 13.8% 1.7% -0.8% 6.9% 22.8%
Personnel 69.0% 77.8% 77.1% 78.6% 82.1%
Professional fees 1.7% 0.2% 0.0% 0.0% 1.1%
Occupancy 2.6% 0.0% 6.1% 2.8% 2.1%
Interest 1.2% 1.0% 1.1% 0.9% 0.7%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 25.5% 20.9% 15.7% 17.7% 14.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $530,306 $550,480 $546,497 $584,500 $715,142
One month of savings $44,192 $44,963 $44,613 $47,705 $58,585
Debt principal payment $7,584 $7,467 $0 $0 $8,983
Fixed asset additions $701 $0 $0 $0 $27,586
Total full costs (estimated) $582,783 $602,910 $591,110 $632,205 $810,296

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.2 2.6 4.8 6.2 5.0
Months of cash and investments 1.2 2.6 4.8 6.2 5.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.0 2.5 2.6 5.6 5.9
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $55,021 $116,565 $213,785 $295,537 $295,485
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $76,475 $5,300 $94,334 $85,190 $63,489
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $286,372 $286,372 $296,097 $301,766 $329,352
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 25.1% 31.8% 34.5% 37.9% 38.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 35.5% 39.0% 38.5% 19.6% 18.7%
Unrestricted net assets $223,181 $193,288 $308,820 $456,743 $456,713
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $223,181 $193,288 $308,820 $456,743 $456,713

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Principal Officer

Susie Weller

As the Children First, Inc. executive director, Susie continues to grow advocacy and awareness throughout the community. In her position, she oversees all aspects of Children First and furthers the goal of promoting safe homes for children in times of family crisis. Susie has dedicated over eight years to child welfare through her work with Children First and as program coordinator for Athens-Oconee CASA. Susie earned her Bachelors of Social Work and Masters of Social Work from the University of Georgia then went on to become a Licensed Master of Social Work in 2006. Her goal is to help children have better outcomes. When not in the office, Susie enjoys a plethora of activities such as reading, singing, walking, basketball, bike riding and experiencing new things!

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 06/02/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Molly Petner


Term: 2022 - 2026

Kimberly Locklin

David Meyers

Alan Platt

Matthew Welker

Charlie Carabello

Jed Dews

Rachael Andrews

Elizabeth Earl

Jake Foote

Jonathan Pelham

Board leadership practices

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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? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/2/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/02/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.