The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, as the State agency responsible for the well-being of Georgia's children and families, established the DFCS/State Adoption Unit on January 1, 1997. These services were used to expedite safe and secure adoptive placements for children with special needs who were in the permanent legal custody of the Department of Human Services. Innovative programs to promote successful adoptions include The Georgia Center for Resources and Support, funded in 2001.
The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, in partnership with local communities, will assist individuals and families in achieving safe, healthy, independent and self-reliant lives. The DFCS vision statement is "In the delivery of services to individuals, families, and communities, the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services will be compassionate, innovative, effective and accountable."
Within the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services is responsible for providing direct services to Georgia’s child, youth and families in need. The primary goal of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) is to assist and support families to ensure children are safe from abuse, and families can become more self-sufficient.
Families First, Inc. is a multi-service private, non-profit agency. Families First, Inc. will celebrate 131 years of service in September 2020 provided to children, youth and families in metro Atlanta. The agency’s Mission Statement is: "To strengthen and preserve families in partnership with them and their communities" exemplifies its commitment to providing quality care and support to all. Families First has delivered empowering solutions including adoption and foster care services which help give every child in Georgia a chance for a permanent home and hopeful future; services that empower working parents and help those facing homelessness achieve self sufficiency; and supportive counseling and courses for individuals, families and children help create healthy families and relationships.