Provider Monthly August 31, 2016

Together Georgia Provider Alliance  is a preeminent voice in Georgia's child and family welfare policy-making. Our vision is to ensure that member organizations are equipped to serve those that their missions are tied to through  distributing emerging data as well as by collaborating with key government figures and pertinent decision makers. TG shares information through our Daily Update (members only), Provider Update and the Welfare Watch. Below you will find a consolidated monthly update.


Provider Watch August 25, 2016 - Together Georgia Executive Director presents to DHS Board
Welfare Watch August 23, 2016 - Equipping youth to transition out of foster care
Provider Watch August 3, 2016 - Orange Duffel Bag Initiative After School Coaching Programs
Provider Watch August 2, 2016  - Courting Foster Kids
Provider Update  August 1, 2016 - Private Provider meeting scheduled in Region 4 with DFCS Director, Bobby Cagle 8/16/16

Together Georgia Provider Alliance member updates  - click here to view sampler 

2016 Georgia Conference on Children and Families 

THANK YOU  to all who have signed on as sponsors! 

CORPORATE SPONSOR: Bethany Christian Services, 
NETWORKING RECEPTION CO-SPONSORS Goshen Valley Boys Ranch & Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services, Inc.  
GOLD SPONSORS:  Amerigroup Community Care, CareSource, Chick-fil-A (Winshape Homes), Hamby & Aloisio, Inc./Social Services Insurance Program, Multi-Agency Alliance for Children 
SILVER SPONSORS: Lighthouse Care Center of Augusta and Youth Villages  
BRONZE SPONSORS: Accreditation Guru, Inc., ​Bloom Our Youth, Broken Shackle Ranch, Inc., Carf International, Cenpatico/Peach State Health Plan, Creative Community Services,Family Ties, GESACC,Georgia Youth Advocate Program/Rescare, Global Vision Technologies, Inc., Hillside, Marvelous Light Consultant, LLC, Morningstar and Children Services, Necco, ProSolutions Training,  Systems and Methods, Inc., The Social Empowerment Center,​The Methodist Children's Home, Transitional Family Services, TQ Intelligence, Inc., and Veritas Collaborative


attendee registration:

►NOTE Book your group rate for Georgia Conference on Children and Families - The Marriott August Hotel GCCF room block is now at 70% - please make your reservations today.

Please freely share conference information with your peers. 


Secondary Trauma

Thursday, September 22, 2016, 10:00am - 2:00pm  Together Georgia Provider Alliance in collaboration with The University of Georgia J. W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development offers the following training.  By the nature of their work, child welfare professionals are at particular risk for developing secondary traumatic stress symptoms. This session examines the causes of secondary trauma, its effects on staff, treatment methods for working with clients to address their trauma responses, and more. 

Presenter: Brian Bride, Ph.D., winner of UGA's Creative Research Medal for work in secondary traumatic stress, Sandy Corbin, LCSW; Director of Programs, Multi-Agency Alliance for Children, and David Meyers, MSW;  J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development 
Location: J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, 1240 S. Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
Cost for training and lunch: $85 (TG members receive complimentary registration--email to request code.)  link to registration 
CEUs applied for  - 3.5 hours LCSW, LPC, LMFT CEUs  


Sept 8, 2016 - Trauma 101: Understanding Child Trauma and Child Traumatic Stress, Athens read more
Sept 29, 2016 - Ethics 360, Sandy Springs read more
Sept 30, 2016 -  Sanctuary overview, Atlanta
read more


September 21, 2016 - DJJ Provider Meeting 10:00am-2:00pm, Ga. Public Safety Training Ctr, Main Auditorium, 1000 Indian Springs Dr, Forsyth 31029 - (478) 993-4000.
RSVP by September 9 to 

September 27, 2016 - Practice Matters Meeting + DFCS Blue Print for Change Road Show, 
6601 Zebulon Rd, Macon 31220  - additional information coming soon.  

November 2-4, 2016 - Georgia Conference on Children and Families (GCCF), Augusta

Feb 24-26, 2017 -  Adoptive and Foster Parent Association of Georgia (AFPAG) conference, Jekyll Island

►REMINDER Connect with Legislators

Agencies are encouraged to schedule time with their legislators.  It’s important to develop and maintain positive relationships with your legislators; Summer and Fall afford time to connect while they are out of session back in their districts. Cultivating these relationships will help later when we need to reach out to legislators with critical issues and concerns.

Legislators often take time to meet with constituents in their districts during the legislative recess. Offering a tour with first-hand perspective of your agency provides legislators an opportunity to better understand our work in child welfare and dispel misconceptions.

Also, take opportunity to support your legislator’s community meetings within your district. Remember to invite them to your special events and take/share pictures via local media and social media.

Helpful Tips

Welfare Watch - a free email newsletter to those interested in child welfare in Georgia.
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Provider Update - a free email newsletter to inform all providers of children and family services in Georgia about recent events and announcements.
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