Weekly Update July 1, 2016

Happy 4th of July!

Wishing you a safe and enjoyable holiday

June 30, 2016

Dear Together Georgia Colleagues,

Today concludes my term as your President and Chair of Together Georgia. It has been an honor to represent you. Thank you for the chance to serve.
Martin Luther described vocation as the opportunity we are given to live our  lives in ministry. Together Georgia, and all that we stand for, provides us with a unique forum for this vocational expression. As we nurture youth, families, and communities, we grow stronger, as individuals and as an organization. Our friendships and accomplishments are enduring.

Together Georgia has been blessed with excellent leadership, from its founding through today. I owe special gratitude to Ron Scroggy and Carolyn Fjeran for making the work possible. As well, Karl Lehman has been a wonderful partner these past 2 years. Our organization is sure to flourish with his leadership as our Together Georgia President and Chair.

Thank you.
John W. Blend III
Goshen Valley


Welfare Watch June 30, 2016  - Safety First
Welfare Watch June 29, 2016 - Georgia begins new child abuse registry July 1, 2016 that may include youth ages 13 and older
Provider Update June 27, 2016  - DOL Revision of Overtime - provider response requested

Daily Update July 1, 2016  - Director Cagle shares three-part plan for child welfare reform
Daily Update June 30, 2016 - New Division Fiscal Director - Renita Jeffries
Daily Update June 29, 2016 - Ohio to Extend Foster Care Through Age 21
Daily Update June 28, 2016  - New requirements for students in foster system

Member Calendar - http://togetherga.net/index.php/events/list-by-month/month.calendar/2016/06/27/-

July 21 at 10am - Family Preservation/Mental Health Provider Chapter meeting at Family Ties, 270 Carpenter Dr. Ste 400, Sandy Springs 30328

Save the Date
November 2-4, 2016 - Georgia Conference on Children and Families   sponsorship opportunities 
January 18, 2017 - Together Georgia Day at the Capitol
April 25 & 26, 2017 -  Annual Executive Retreat, WinShape

► Change July 14 at 10am - Family Foster Care Chapter meeting at Creative Community Services, 4487 Park Dr. Ste A, Norcross 30093  In deference to the DFCS meeting, which is scheduled at the same time as the Family Foster Care Chapter meeting, we will cancel the meeting at CCS in order to participate in the Macon meeting.  Please see details and registration link below:

Dear Providers,

We are pleased to offer the opportunity to learn more about the Division’s exciting new Practice Model. Maybe you’ve heard the buzz around town about Solution-Based Casework (SBC), but didn’t quite know what it was. Well, here’s your chance to get the inside scoop. Please join us at Methodist Home for Children & Youth 304 Pierce Avenue, Macon, GA 31204 on Thursday, July 14, 2016 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

This will be an exciting day of events that will also include interactive discussion surrounding recruitment and retention. Please bring a copy of your agency’s Recruitment and Retention Plan. Click on the following link for more details and registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sbc-trainingrecruitment-retention-discussion-tickets-26333156179. The deadline for registration is July 8, 2016. If there are any questions, please contact your Monitoring Manager. We look forward to seeing you there.

Thank you,

The Office of Provider Management

Training Update May 26, 2016
August 25, 10:00am-2:00pm, LaGrange - Principles of Effective Behavior Management           
September 22, 10:00am-2:00pm, Athens- Secondary Trauma

Department of Juvenile Justice - Multi-Systemic Therapy Program - 46100-DJJ0000224 - Event Closing Date July 15, 2016
Rockdale County - Family Functional Therapy for Court Involved Youth - 16-24 - Event Closing Date July 14, 2016
YouthToday Grants - click here to see available grants on website 
Grant Station Insider  - Volume XV | Issue 24 | June 16, 2016

REMINDER: Connecting 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


Salary Survey:  The 2016 survey is now closed.  Click here to view results

►Please Respond Projected Overtime Survey: This survey was provided to assess the projected estimated amount the DOT revision of overtime will increase agencies expenses for calendar year 2017. Nine agencies responded with a collective total of $2,072,993. The survey remains active--please respond with your projections.  


Please note Together Georgia has a Job Bank to which TG members may post notices on the website at www.togetherga.net.   The system is new and members will need to log in with user name and password that was previously provided to member agency directors. (User name is the first initial and last name of agency director; password, if forgotten may be reset - reset will go to the agency director's inbox. )

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The Georgia Conference on Children and Families  - November 2-4, 2016