Daily Update April 12, 2018

Congratulations, Opportunities, and Updates

CONGRATULATIONS - Hillside ® is honored to be the first child and adolescent residential treatment facility awarded the highly coveted and professionally respected DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Program™ (dbt-lbc.org). read more

EMPOWERED TO CONNECT CONFERENCE - Georgia Agape is hosting a live simulcast of the Empowered to Connect Conference on Friday, 4/13 and Saturday, 4/14. We have a few tickets available and wanted to open it up to TG members. Registration is $25 and there is a separate fee of $30 for those needing CEUs. That's 11 CEUs for $55!  https://showhope.org/our-work/pre-post-adoption-support/empowered-to-connect/

FOSTER CARE AWARENESS MONTH EVENT - Bethany Christian Services is sponsoring a Foster Care Awareness Month Event on Thursday, April 17th at 6:00 pm at First Congregational Church.  We would like to invite staff and families from other agencies to come an enjoy an evening of celebrating foster care.  link to flyer

OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND/OR ADULT SUPPORTERS - Below you will find information about 3 programs directly related to foster care and education that provide opportunities for young people and/or adult supporters. 

1. CollegeBound 2018

This year, several campuses in Georgia will partner with the nsoro Foundation to deliver Collegebound.  CollegeBound is designed for young people in foster care who are rising 10-11th graders to spend time on campus and learn about college life.  Students get to decide which campus that they would like to visit; participating campuses this year include:

  • University of Georgia
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Savannah State University
  • Clark Atlanta University

A flyer is attached. (detailed flyer) The application process is completely online now and can be found at the nsoro Foundation website (this is the CollegeBound application page)

2. Embark Georgia 2018 Leadership Conference

The Embark Georgia is a unique event that will convene professionals from higher ed, K-12 the community to consider important issues that young people who have experienced foster care and/or homelessness face while pursuing a postsecondary education. Who should attend? Higher education professionals (Embark DPOCs!), case managers, homeless liaisons, private andfostercare professionals, and any other community partners interested in supporting this group of students! Conference 

The 2017 inaugural conference was fantastic and we are looking forward to a bigger and better 2018 event!

Workshop information is attached in a flyer and a registration link can be found at www.embarkgeorgia.org/news

day one flyer and day two flyer

3. Education and Training Voucher Program

In July 2015, Fanning officially became the third party partner to administer the ETV funds on behalf of the ILP program.  ETV provides financial support for young people who have experienced foster care.  There are some specific criteria and every case is unique, but in general, these funds may be used to provide for tuition, books, housing, stipends and more that are related to the pursuit of one postsecondary degree.

A flyer is attached and more information can be found at www.embarkgeorgia.org/etv

Project F.R.E.E. monthly update:

  1. Foster Caregivers Weekend Retreat – it was a huge success
  2. Spring 2018 Programming Update
  3. Summer 2018 classes are set! For a complete schedule of when the classes are available, visit our website at www.ugaprojectfree.com

  1. Foster Caregivers Weekend Retreat!

During our 3rdAnnual Foster Caregiverswe served 83 foster couples! This is our largest count to date! Foster caregivers walked away with renewed tools and skills to continue strengthening their relationships while serving as a caregiver for the children in their care and a support to the parents of the children they are serving.

Please see photos from theathttps://flic.kr/p/HmRkcj

  1. Spring 2018 Programming Update

Spring has sprung and our programming classes have begun! This spring a total of 46 couples registered to attend one of the four Elevate series and a total of 64 single parents were registered to attend one of the four Together We Can series offered in our 12 county span.

  1. Summer 2018 classes are set!

As we begin to wrap up the last few weeks of our spring series we are preparing to jump right into our summer series. Families have expressed gratitude during our series to those of you who have referred them to the project. In an effort to continue to be a valuable service to the families in the communities that we serve, we are needing your ongoing support with informing families of the services and incentives they receive for being a part of the program. In addition, families need to hear how our services are going to build upon the skills that they are receiving for your organizations.

We are recruiting families for our summer programs scheduled in June and July! We are offering three (3) Elevate programs in Oconee, Madison, and Rockdale counties. These programs will be offered during the. We are also offering three (3) Together We Can programs in Clarke, Newton, and Walton counties.

Refer five (5) or more families during the months of March and April 2018 you will be eligible to enter a random drawing for A ‘SURPRISE’ gift basket in June 2018!

We look forward to receiving your referrals!How to refer a family (with children ages 0-17): To refer parents you are working with, go to www.ugaprojectfree.com, click on “For Community Partners” and click “refer a family.”

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Ted Futris (tfutris@uga.edu), Mahogania Smith (mahogania@uga.edu), or the program coordinator serving your county (http://www.fcs.uga.edu/hmre/projectfree-contact).

Thank you,


Mahogania Smith
Project Coordinator
Project F.R.E.E.
Phone: 706-542-9004
Human Development & Family Science Department
College of Family and Consumer Sciences
University of Georgia
225 Hoke Smith Annex, 300 Carlton Street 

Athens, GA  30602

Please continue to visit our project website to learn more about the project and new developments! www.ugaprojectfree.com

2018 Together Georgia Executive Retreat April 24 & 25 at the Westin,Jekyll Island
2018 Georgia Conference on Children and Families October 17-19, 2018

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