Our Success

Since 2017, the Multi-Agency Alliance for Children (MAAC) has worked with the Georgia Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS) to administer the Learn, Educate, Achieve, Dream and Succeed (LEADS) program. This program provides wraparound educational support services to high school aged youth in care. It is focused on supporting grade promotion and graduation. More than 1,500 youths have participated in the LEADS program, many of which have pursued post-secondary education. MAAC has been honored to work with DFCS to support these amazing young people on their journey to completing high school. The 73% graduation rate proves how effective strategic, individualized support is for students in foster care. As one student said, “It really can change lives, it definitely helped me.” Read full article

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Read Our Success Stories

“Our goal is to get youth to live ‘beyond’ the crisis or environment they’ve been removed from…we give them a healthy environment.”

Sandra Gravley
Executive Director

“The county provided the property but the building itself was built totally with donations from people in the community…when people heard of the need, they responded with whatever they could…this is the house that Henry built!”

Mary Lynn Lambert
Charter Board Member

“If it wasn’t for ‘A Friend’s House’ I would probably be on the streets, in jail or dead…once I got there, it really motivated me…to make a change. It’s time to do something different with my life…I had the support of ‘A Friend’s House showing me, “This is what you need to do!”

James
Former resident

“As a therapist, we help the children work through different issues they have, overcome challenges they’ve had with abuse… we help support, encourage and motivate them to be the best they can be…it takes a village to raise people and give them the opportunity to be successful.”

Robert Marchant

Child Therapist

“A Friend’s House was helpful in my transition from high school to college because of the staff members and the volunteers. The staff members helped by providing advice and helping me move. Many of the volunteers helped too, and still stay in touch with me. They made it a smooth transition.”

Jasmine

Jasmine lived at A Friend’s House during her last two years of high school. She earned scholarships, graduated in the spring of 2019, and began her military and collegiate careers later that summer.

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