Member Update June 6, 2018

Alison Evans interviewed by GPB in Macon

GPB segment: Foster Care System in Georgia Could be Harmed by Family First Act - Sophie Peel, GPB in Macon

Earlier this year Congress tacked the Family First Act onto a bill to fund the government but in Georgia, it could make a shortage of foster families even worse.  GPB Sophie Peale reports: The goal of the act was to get kids out of residential care and back home or into foster homes. It shifts funding from larger facilities to parent training and treatment for substance abuse and mental illness. Alison Evans is the CEO of The Methodist Home in Macon where 80 foster children live.  She says right now Georgia does not have the resources to make the changes--“I think we have a long way to go, both in terms of the Wrap Around services on the prevention end and what would be put in place to help keep kids out of the child welfare system, which is what we all want.” The changes go into effect in 2019. The state has not decided whether to apply for a two-year waiver to postpone them. click here to listen


2018 Georgia Conference on Children and Families October 17-19, 2018
2019 Together Georgia Day at the Capitol January 31, 2019

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