Weekly Update May 24, 2019

The United Methodist Children's Home Has A New Name

Press Release:

Link to Hal’s Video: https://youtu.be/7BsD81Vl0hU

Rooted and Established in Love

Like all organizations that have navigated over a century of change, your United Methodist Children’s Home has long embraced, and effectively responded to changes in the child welfare field through many creative innovations to our ministry. These innovations have not been driven or shaped by whim—they have been driven and shaped by a steadfast focus on our mission to serve children, young adults and families in need.

As we look toward our future, we are proud to introduce a new name that reflects both our tremendous growth and our unlimited potential, while preserving our deep foundations in The United Methodist Church. This new name, Wellroot Family Services, was borne out of the same steadfast focus on our mission, and was the result of an intense process of research and planning. To be well-rooted is to be firmly planted, to feel stable, and to feel taken care of and secure. To be well-rooted is to have the support and love you need to become the person God intends for you to become.

Now, as Wellroot Family Services, The United Methodist Children’s Home continues to grow with a name that embodies our commitment to the children, young adults and families we serve together as an agency of the North Georgia Conference—a commitment that has not wavered since the day we opened our doors.

►slots still open EMBARK SUMMER PROGRAM

The Embark Summer Program is designed for young people in foster care who are rising 10-11th graders to spend time on campus and learn about college life.  It is open to 50 students, and while space is filling up, some slots are still open.

Applications can be found here.

Students can decide which campus that they would like to visit:

  • University of Georgia - June 9-13 in Athens (25 student capacity)
  • Savannah State University - June 16-20 in Savannah (25 student capacity)

Application Instructions:

  • Please complete the entire application, including the brief reference section.
  • Applications must be received by May 15.
  • All applications will be submitted to the JW Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, regardless of whether the applicant plans to attend the program at SSU or UGA.  Notifications will be made on a rolling basis.
  • All applications and any supporting materials should be mailed in one envelope or pdf file.
  • Applications may be sent via email to ksmith@fanning.uga.edu or via US mail to the following address:

Embark Summer Precollegiate Program
Attn: Kate Smith
J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development
1240 South Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30602


Understanding the Health and Mental Health Care Needs of Children in Foster Care

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

Tuesday, June 19, 2019 10:00am - 2:00pm 

Program Description:  Amerigroup is Georgia's provider of health and mental health care for children in foster care.  By analyzing claim data, Amerigroup has identified the most common health and mental health diagnoses for Georgia's youth.  this session will focus on those common diagnoses, symptoms and manifestations, as well as treatment strategies with an emphasis on real-world solutions.  Amerigroup representatives will be on hand to answer questions and troubleshoot Medicaid issues that providers may be experiencing.

Presenters: Amerigroup
CEs: applied for LMSW, LCSW, and LPC

Location: Georgia HOPE,203 Woodpark Place Building B (2nd floor) Woodstock, 30188
Cost for training and lunch: $85 (TG members receive complimentary registration--email office@gahsc.org to request code.) link to registration at https://www.regonline.com/tra20190619

Contact: office@gahsc.org

Upcoming (updated 5/15/19)

8/13/2019          Telemental Health
9/24/2019          Cultural Competence
10/8/2019          Effective Supervision
12/3/2019          LBGTQ 101


Caregiver Lunch and Learn
August 27 - MAAC office - link to flyer

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



Daily Update May 22, 2019 - Welcome new member, Morningstar Children and Family Services
​​​​​​Daily Update May 21, 2019 - Practice Matters presentations

GA+SCORE e-blasts (RBWO Providers):

May 23, 2019 Child Welfare Services Manual Transmittal No. 2019-06: Child Care and Early Education
May 21, 2019 Practice Matters May 17th 2019 -- Presentations available
May 20, 2019 FY20 Key Documents -- input requested by June 1
May 17, 2019 PBP GA+ScoreCard Release - FY2019 Quarter 3
May 17, 2019 Updated RPPS Training Materials


Executive Retreat

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.

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