It is our mission to prevent the abuse and neglect of children by providing education, family support, and treatment.
We respond to the needs of all families with an approach that is welcoming and collaborative.
Families First opened its doors to children and families in 1986. We set out to accomplish our mission of providing services which strengthen families and protect children from the cycle of child abuse and neglect. Our founders believed that child abuse prevention was more than a social ideal - it is a social necessity and it requires proactive community involvement.
The greatest need at that time was to provide emergency residential care for abused and neglected children. Human service agencies called at any time of the day or night in need of care and treatment for children as young as three years old. Our Children's Treatment Center staff and volunteers provided the much needed services to heal the hurt.
Moving children out of harm's way was certainly a critical need but unfortunately, it did not correct the heart of the problem. Strategically, Families First developed services to help parents to stop harming their children in the first place. Today, we are still providing excellent treatment for children who have been abused and neglected and have expanded community services in order to help parents keep their children safe in their own homes and safe in their own families. The Family Center, which opened in 2006, now serves as the hub for these family support services.
During our first year of operation we impacted the lives of 100 families through one parent support group and 10 beds in the residential program. Over the past 30+ years we have grown to offer a toll free, statewide Support Line, free information and referral services to Spanish speaking parents, low cost parent education classes, free weekly parent support groups (Circle of Parents) in addition to residential care for up to 10 children suffering from child abuse and neglect. With your help, Families First improved the lives of more than 4,000 children in 2016.
Staff and volunteers work side by side to accomplish this. With the help of a dedicated Board of Directors, and supportive donors, we work together to create a caring community for children today and into the future.