In 1986, a group of Fayette County citizens recognized the need for children to have a safe place protected from abuse and neglect and formed the Fayette Youth Protection Home, Inc. FYPH built and opened the Jim Friday Home in northern Fayette County in August, 1989 and contracted with Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes to provide the clinical services and staff for the children. A second facility, the Asden Johnson Home located in Brooks, GA, opened in August, 1998. In July of 2005, the two homes were consolidated into one home, the newly-named and renovated Friday-Johnson Home in Brooks.
Responding to the rising number of children under the age of 6 in need of care, FYPH expanded its services in 2007 to include a private foster care program called “Grace for Children.” In this program, FYPH became licensed to recruit, train, and support a network of family foster care homes to serve children of all ages.
In 2008, FYPH opened up “Gracie’s Closet,” a clothing resource center for children living in foster care on the south side of metro Atlanta. With donations from various individuals and groups in the community, Gracie’s Closet is able to provide free clothing, books, school supplies, toys and baby gear to approximately 300 foster children each year.