Staff Bio's

Jennifer Brown, LMSW

Adoption Program Manager

Adoption Program Manager Jennifer Brown, LMSW is a licensed social worker with over 10 years of social work experience within adoption, community outreach, and effective co-parenting. Jennifer has extensive experience in working children and families within various stages of their lives. Jennifer is dedicated to assisting individuals through their adoption journey.    .

Diane Hood, MS

Domestic and International Adoption Coordinator

Diane Hood, MS started working in the adoption field shortly after she adopted her son twenty-five years ago.  Born and raised in New York, she has a master’s degree in sociology from Florida State University, with an emphasis on family dynamics and women’s studies.  She has worked with expectant parents for much of her career, offering them the option of adoption and supporting them through this critical experience.  She has worked for Families First for ten years and is currently the coordinator of the Domestic and International adoption programs.

Ruth Neill

International and Domestic Adoption Program Specialist

Ruth Neill has been working at Families First for over 35 years.   Over the years she has worked with pre-adoption infants, pregnancy clients, adoption and pregnancy counseling as well as assisting with Relinquishing Parental rights and  Notarizing adoption paperwork.  Currently, Ruth is the International and Domestic Adoption Program Specialist. In this role, Ruth assists families in navigating the Home Study process by helping them gather their Adoption paperwork, getting it processed and assigned for Home Studies . She also helps families develop Adoption Profiles. Ruth is well known in the adoption community and has relationships with placing agencies throughout the United States. She has worked with International, Domestic and Special Needs adoption.

Rebekah Staats, LMSW

Adoption Coordinator-Special Needs

Rebekah has been with Families First for 2 years serving as an Adoption Coordinator for the special needs unit, but came to us with 15 years experience in social services working with children, families and adolescents. She has experience with DFCS, crisis intervention, clinical work in both community and residential settings, and she is certified in several methods of therapy treatments.  She has a master’s in social work and is licensed by the Ga State Board of Social Worker’s. In her free time, she is the primary caretaker for her parents, enjoys photography and spending time with her adopted “fur baby”, a 4 year old Border Terrier named Scruffy

Kari Haning

Infant Placement Coordinator

I have had the pleasure of working in the field of child welfare for 18 years with the last 3 years being at Families First and the Georgia Center for Resources and Support. My experience ranges from child protective services, to foster care case management, resource development, IMPACT training and adoption. I have a passion for working with families, children and mostly the community, to ensure that all children are provided a safe and stable home environment that will allow then to thrive throughout their life. I am looking forward to being a part of the Infant Placement

Outside of work, I enjoy spending as much time as I can with my 14 year old son and my 11 year old daughter. We love everything Disney and Elvis Presley!