THE GEORGIA CENTER FOR RESOURCES AND SUPPORT
The Georgia Center for Resources and Support is a state wide project funded by the Georgia Department of Human Resources and presented by Families First. Our purpose is to increase resources and supportive services for adoptive and foster families and reduce the incidence of family disruption in Georgia. Mission Statement: The mission of The Georgia Center for Resources and Support is: to establish a seamless, comprehensive support network of post placement services to strengthen adoptive and foster families throughout Georgia.
The Georgia Center for Resources and Support (GACRS) was designed in 2001 by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services to assist in strengthening Georgia’s adoptive and foster families. It is managed by Families First that for the last 130 years, has provided empowering solutions for Atlanta’s most vulnerable population by strengthening and sustaining families. In 1890, Families First started as an orphanage on the westside of Atlanta and in 1937 became the first licensed adoption agency in the state of Georgia.
The purpose of the Georgia Center was to provide a central resource for adoptive parents to help them locate resources that would assist them in successfully meeting the needs of their adopted children. On July 1, 2004, GACRS expanded its services to meet the needs of both adoptive and foster families who reside in the state of Georgia.
GACRS administrative office and library are located at 80 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. NW Atlanta. Regional Resource Advisors are in communities throughout the state and are available to help families clarify their needs, locate resources, and feel supported as they resolve concerns encountered as an adoptive and/or foster care family. GACRS coordinates referrals to many resources throughout the state. GACRS is a non-profit, professional service offered at no charge to all adoptive and foster families living in Georgia. Also, adoptive families residing in Georgia can utilize GACRS services regardless of the origin of their adoption.