Natalie Milom had a few good reasons to relocate to Georgia to become the new executive director of Supporting Adoption and Foster Families Together, a nonprofit with family crisis centers located in Gainesville, Cumming and Rome.
But each of the reasons had to do with one thing: family.
The move from Greenville, S.C., brings Milom closer to her own family, including a sister in the Atlanta area, and offers her the opportunity to get back to the kind of work she loves and does the best.
“I knew I wanted to get back into working for children and families – the foster care population,” Milom said.
SAFFT founders Brian and Ashley Anderson recently announced that they would leave the organization after nearly 10 years to spend more time with their own family and focus on other businesses.
“We are incredibly grateful and humbled by the support shown to us and to SAFFT over the many years, and the encouragement we’ve encountered as we transition to other endeavors,” Brian Anderson said in a statement.
The Anderson’s expressed their belief in the importance of ensuring that SAFFT’s legacy remains strong and that its mission grows under new leadership.
Milom comes to SAFFT with a background in child welfare, a master’s degree in social work, and many years of nonprofit development experience. Her work includes connecting low-income families with educational, health, workforce development and housing services.
“We truly believe that Natalie is the right person to lead this organization to the next level and we appreciate every board member who has served the mission over the past 10 years,” Brian Anderson said.
Though she had been looking for a new job closer to Atlanta, Milom said she spent lots of time researching potential opportunities, remaining selective during the process.
“I wasn’t going to just take anything,” she said. “It had to be the right kind of role for me.”
But with a heart for the poor and children in need, Milom also had an idea what that role would be, and when she found SAFFT, it didn’t take long for her to jump at the opportunity.
SAFFT offers services including supervised visitation, parenting classes, trauma-informed counseling and comprehensive foster parent support.
“That really drew me,” Milom said. “I felt like it was exactly the right fit for me.”
Milom, who took the reins at SAFFT in late October, said her first few weeks on the job have been like “drinking from a fire hose” as she meets her staff, board, agency partners and becomes acquainted with the communities where SAFFT operates.
But the mission of empowering caregivers, maintaining the organization’s legacy and providing quality services to foster children and families remains ongoing.
“I am honored, excited and ready to lead SAFFT into the next phase of growth, community collaboration and outreach,” Milom said. “I believe that the future of SAFFT is bright, and that together, we can do really great things, not just in the local communities but in the hearts of the families we serve.”