Weekly Update April 5, 2019

New KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot Looks at Foster Care

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

April 2, 2019

Child welfare systems in the United States are increasingly opting to place kids in foster care with families, according to a new data brief from the Casey Foundation. "Keeping Kids in Families" reveals that 86% of kids were placed with families in 2017 — up 5 percentage points from 2007.

This good news, however, arrives with clear caveats. read more at https://datacenter.kidscount.org/updates/show/232-kids-count-data-snapshot-on-foster-care

April 22 & 23, 2019
Jekyll Island Club​​​​


1:00-2:15pm   Annual Membership Meeting
                       Karl Lehman, Board President
                       Juanita Stedman, Executive Director                        

2:15-3:15pm    Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA)
                        Tom Rawlings, DFCS Director

3:00-3:15pm    Break

3:15-3:45pm    Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPAS)
                        Gabrielle Sheely, GKS Consulting, LLC

4:30-6:00pm   Networking Reception

6:00pm            Check-in
                        Dinner on own                        


7:45-8:30am    Breakfast

8:30-9:30am    FFPSA Initiatives - Provider Panel
9:30-9:45am    Break

9:45-11:15am  Dr. Sylvia Rowlands, Founder, Implementation Support Center

11:15-11:30    Wrap Up & Closing
                        Karl Lehman, TG Board President                        


► link here to register for the retreat AND call the hotel to make your room reservation 912-635-2600


Building Effective Teams

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

THURSDAY, April 11, 2019 10:00am - 2:00pm  
Program Description:  Working together is crucial to ensure the best outcomes for children in care. This interactive session will help participants identify their personal styles, understand how their work preferences may impact others, and identify methods to improve professional and client relationships
Presenters:  Brenda Leahy, EdD and David Meyers, MSW 
CEs: applied for LMSW, LCSW, and LPC
Location: Creative Community Services. | 1650 Oakbrook Drive | Norcross, GA 30093
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

5/21/2019          Health and Mental Health Issues of Foster Care
8/13/2019          Telemental Health
9/24/2019          Cultural Competence
10/8/2019          Effective Supervision
12/3/2019          Strategic Planning Processes

DHS Community Partnerships - Faith and Nonprofit meeting
April 18 - link to flyer

Empowered to Connect Conference
Friday, April 26th & Saturday, April 27th - link to flyer

Region 10 Youth Town Hall 
April 30 - link to flyer
►for all Region 10 providers

A Morning with Judges
May 18 9 a.m. - 12 noon - This foster parent training, offered via Faithbridge,  is free  and provides 3 CEU’s — link to registration and additional information.  

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

 GCCF CALL for PRESENTATIONS due April 30, 2019



Barton Child Law Center -April 1, 2019 - Legislative Update
Voices for Georgia's Children - April 1, 2019 - Legislative Update

GA+SCORE e-blasts (RBWO Providers):

Apr 4, 2019 GA SHINES: New Contact Information
Apr 1, 2019 LIMITED TIME: Youth Summer Application Re-Opened - GeorgiaTeenWork Internship Program 2019


►Have you taken the survey? FFPSA survey

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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Our MISSION: Together Georgia is a preeminent voice in Georgia's child and family welfare policy-making.

Our VISION: Together Georgia will ensure that member organizations are equipped to serve those that their missions are tied to through distributing emerging data as well as by collaborating with key government figures and pertinent decision makers