Building a community of concern for our children...

Children First was set up by Dr Amit Sen, Dr Shelja Sen and Dr Kavita Arora. Over the years they were joined by some of the most committed and skilled professionals who aligned with our vision of building a community of concern for our children. Today, our multidisciplinary team is over 75 members strong and continues to grow across our centers in Safdarjung Enclave and Gurgaon.

When we started out, the main objective was to move away from a hospital setting and establish a children’s center in the community; which provided effective, ethical and culturally resonant services.

Over the past ten years Children First has directly worked with over 12,000 children, youth, families and their networks, dealing with a range of mental health conditions, developmental disorders and associated challenges. With a multidisciplinary team of over 75 psychologists, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, sensitised administrators and trained support staff, the CF team has been able to provide specialised and personalised care to children from 0 to 25 years.

It has always been our belief that to truly support children, we have to care for their entire ecosystem- their families, their schools and communities. Over the years we have curated programmes like STC (Schools That Care), parenting, CTC (Communities that Care) and Imagine (our annual 360° confluence) and built ongoing partnerships with over 30 schools and colleges, with the vision of building nurturing and safe spaces for our children and youth to thrive.

In our most recent development in 2022, we furthered our commitment to building an ecosystem to serve children as they grow up and to also provide support to their caregivers and communities. This is in growing recognition that mental health difficulties do not impact an individual alone but the entire family and community. We are doing this by coming together with Amaha -an organisation of great repute and reach serving adult mental health conditions through their digital platform and centers in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.

We believe that this coming together will be a big step in creating a truly integrated ecosystem of care across the lifespan and help scale the breadth of our services and programmes across contexts, geographies and digital platforms.

Today the Children First and Amaha teams stand together as the largest dedicated and specialised mental health teams in the country with 160 professionals delivering assessments, care plans, therapy & psychiatric interventions, along with a wide range of trainings and community outreach programmes.

We invite you to partner with us and support us in our mission, as we truly believe it takes an entire village to raise a child, and it takes all of humanity to give our children a better childhood and a hopeful future.


Amit Sen

Director, Senior Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Children First was waiting to happen. The gaping needs of children in today’s times was demanding it. We were catalysts in starting a movement which has, since then, been nurtured and sculpted by our ever growing team of the most talented, dedicated and sensitive people. They make Children First dynamic, creative and responsive to the complex and changing needs of young people and their families.

Shelja Sen

Child & Adolescent Psychologist & Family Therapist and Author.

At the heart of CF’s philosophy is a core belief that we need to build emotionally safe spaces as a prerequisite for a child to grow, thrive and flourish. Therefore, Children First is not just an organization, a center or a service, it is a catalyst for change in bringing together a tribe of people from mental health, disability, community, education, advocacy to start a movement for our children and youth.

Kavita Arora

Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Nature and Life work in cycles of need and then creation, and creation leading to awareness of possibility.In my mind, Children First is a vehicle for just such a cycle .It has arisen from a felt need within a few of us, and drew us to each other. It aligned us despite all odds, to the shared conviction of building an ecosystem that sees the hidden foundations of our very being- The mental health and wellbeing of our children.

 It has taken the shape and form of a force, which now draws others who have felt deeply this need too. It  nourishes and enriches each one of us that becomes a part of this force”


Our vision is to create communities of concern for our children. We have strived to do this now for over a decade through attempting to provide clinical services, school programmes, trainings, developmental interventions, working with parents, within the community and with other organisations, as well as increasing awareness.


Children First firmly embodies the belief that a small group of passionately connected and determined individuals can create a movement for the voice of our children to be heard.We continue to innovate, grow and find ways to increase the reach of this voice.
Come join us in this exciting and wondrous journey to ‘somewhere “!

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