Weekly Update June 1, 2018

WBUR program on Family First Prevention Services Act


A WBUR program featured the Family First Prevention Services Act noting that for the first time, federal reimbursement will be available to states that provide foster care services, after President Trump signed into law the Family First Prevention Services Act, aimed at keeping children with their families and not in foster care. Their interview with Hope Cooper, True North Group Act aired on May 31, 2018.

"The bill Family First Prevention Services Act idea is to keep kids out of foster care and in their home of birth because as much as foster care helps, and it is often a lifesaver, studies show that across a wide range of outcomes, foster kids fare worse in education, jobs, and criminal involvement. Hope Cooper is the founder of True North Group, strategic policy, and consultant group.  She focuses on foster care.  The government has about $10B in a budget just for foster care and adoption and only about $38M set aside for prevention to keep families together. The new law would allow states to access the $10B for prevention." read more or click here to listen

(Together Georgia and GATS are hosting an informative session on June 12 with a FFA expert  - see details below under TG Events.)

Family First Prevention Service Act  - HR 1892 - FFPSA provisions on pages 107-206

Daily Update June 1, 2018 - GAO included Georgia in report on private provider recruitment and retention of foster parents
Daily Update May 31, 2018 - FY19 Contract Deliverables Meeting on 6/5/18
Daily Update May 31, 2018 - Georgia still ranks among states where childhood is most threatened
Daily Update May 29, 2018  - Predictive Analytics in Child Welfare
Provider Update May 30, 2018 - Family First Prevention Services Act orientation 6/12


Family First Prevention Services Act orientation 6/12

Together Georgia and Georgia Alliance for Treatment Services (GATS) are hosting for private providers an important  Family First Prevention Services Act orientation. The meeting will be moderated by Gabby Sheely, a MAAC board member and expert regarding the Family First Act.  Gabby will guide a discussion on the impact of the legislation and how we can begin preparing our agencies.  We are excited to have someone who has directly worked with private providers in other states preparing for the FFA.  You will also learn more about Together Georgia's strategy planning for the coming months. 

Please join us on June 12, 2018, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at:

The Methodist Home, 
304 Pierce Avenue
Macon GA 31204

RSVP  REQUIRED - reserve space (free of charge) no later than June 8, 2018 via  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R53WGBD

(Space is limited. Please limit participation to the Executive Leadership of CCI, CPA, and Family Preservation Providers, preferably no more than two people per agency.) 

Member Calendar - https://togetherga.net/index.php/events/list-by-month/month.calendar/2018/06/01/-


Mark your 2018 calendar for additional training topics:

8/21 - Telemental Health
9/18 - Working in a Multigenerational Workplace
11/1 Working with LGBTQ youth   
12/4 - Autism Spectrum

Georgia Conference on Children and Families 
October 17-19, 2018 - Marriott Augusta

Bethany Christian Services



♦The Social Empowerment Center


♦CARF International
♦Community Connections, Inc.
♦Georgia Department of Public Health

♦Lighthouse Care Center of Augusta
♦ Youth Villages

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2018 TG/Fanning training
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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 username and password that was previously provided to member agency directors. (Username 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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