Weekly Update March 8, 2019


Celebration of Excellence to honor graduates

The Celebration of Excellence was created to honor youth who have been in foster care and celebrate with them their secondary and post-secondary achievements.  A commemorative event is scheduled Friday, June 21 from 12 noon - 2:00 p.m.. In addition, there will be workshops, a career fair, and entrepreneurial opportunities throughout the week June 19-21. Youth who are graduating and would like to participate should contact their regional Independent Living Specialist. Linked is a list with contact information of the ILS. 

Historical Background:

The Celebration of Excellence was initiated in 1993 by a group of child welfare caseworkers that were unable to attend the graduation ceremonies of clients graduating from high school due to other commitments.  They often later found out that the youths did not have anyone else in attendance at the graduation ceremony to support them.  The caseworkers garnered support from the community to produce the first Celebration of Excellence in DeKalb County.  In 1998, the project was expanded to honor youth statewide and a part-time Project Director was hired.  The volunteer committee has expanded over the years and includes attorneys who work in juvenile law, child advocates working with non-profits, and caseworkers and employees of the Division of Family and Children Services, who work with the Project Director to plan and carry out the logistics of the event.  Volunteers work year-round on this event and are key to it’s success. - source: archived GAHSC 2013 document (coe010131generalbriefproposal)


Supporting Educational Dreams for Youth in Care
Together Georgia Provider Alliance in collaboration with The University of Georgia J. W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development offers the following training.  

THURSDAY, March 28, 2019 10:00am - 2:00pm  
Program Description:  This training will explore how strategic practices, collaboration, and engagement positively affect educational opportunities, support and outcomes for youth in care.
Sandra Corbin, LCSW,  Erica Davis-Woods, LPC & David Meyers, MSW 
CEs: applied for LMSW, LCSW, and LPC
Location: TBD
Cost for training and lunch: $85 (TG members receive complimentary registration--email office@gahsc.org to request code.)  link to registration  
Contact office@gahsc.org


DFCS Director, Tom Rawlings and Gabrielle Sheely, our Family First Prevention Service Act consultant are confirmed for the retreat scheduled April 22 & 23 at the Jekyll Island Club. 

The retreat is designed to create a positive atmosphere in which thought leaders engage in meaningful and productive dialogue with our members to improve collaboration and practices for those whom we serve. Family Preservation Services Act implementation discussion will be front and center at this year's event.  The retreat will be filled with opportunity for you and your senior staff to engage in meaningful conversations with child welfare leaders. There will be ample opportunities to network with your colleagues while you enjoy the beautiful and relaxed setting at the Jekyll Island Club. We trust you will leave the retreat encouraged and rested to better face tomorrow’s challenges.

please note  The cutoff date to tap into the Jekyll Island Club discounted room rate is March 21. Please link here to register for the retreat AND call the hotel to make your room reservation 912-635-2600. Our room block includes Sunday-Tuesday evening. The TG Board is scheduled to meet Monday morning at 10:00 follow by the Annual Membership meeting  at 1:00 p.m., an afternoon session and networking reception. The retreat will conclude at noon on Tuesday. 

We hope to see you all in Jekyll! 

Georgia Conference on Children and Families 
October 28-30, 2019 - Marriott Augusta



Training Update March 5, 2019
Barton Child Law Center - March 4, 2019 - Legislative Update
Voices for Georgia's Children - March 4, 2019 - Legislative Update
Weekly Update March 1, 2019 - Are you registered for the 2019 Executive Retreat?

GA+SCORE e-blasts (RBWO Providers):

Mar 6, 2019 Upcoming Caregiver Trainings (MAAC)
Mar 6, 2019 Notification to Providers regarding SHINES Technical issues
Mar 1, 2019 Georgia SHINES Service Update


Archived:  TG Salary Survey:  The 2016 survey is now closed.  Click here to view results (You will need to download the document and open it to view all of the columns.)


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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