Weekly Update November 22, 2019


GCCF Wrap-up



 

The 2019 Georgia Conference on Children & Families is a wrap.

This year, we had 465 participants in addition to 30+ presenters at the conference.  Our Opening Keynote, April Farlow, knocked it out of the park unveiling interesting talent and abilities among state staff and providers.  Sixteen individuals, including two legislators, were recognized at the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday. Ashley Fielding, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Human Services delivered the Plenary presentation addressing how DFCS is leveraging the Family First Act rollout to hear your ideas on the future of child welfare and to improve our communications. Lexicon representatives also attended the session—some of you might have recognized Lori Gearling, host of  The Georgia Gang on Fox 5 Atlanta. Tom Rawlings, DFCS Director and Shebly Zimmer, Family First Program Director, rounded out our Closing Session with a presentation on  Family First: Overview, Implementation and Implications for Georgia’s Child Welfare System.

In many ways, this was one of our best years ever. To our Together Georgia members who served on the planning committee and those who signed up as sponsors and attendees, thank you! If you missed this year, we hope you will be on board next year. Please flag your calendar for October 14-16, 2020. We will meet again at Augusta Marriott.  


NEWS RELEASES & UPDATES

Daily Update November 20, 2019 - DFCS organizational charts
Daily Update November 20, 2019 - Family First Transition Act letter of support


GA+SCORE e-blasts (RBWO Providers):

Nov 21, 2019 SAFE & IMPACT fees
Nov 20, 2019 Updated DFCS contact lists and organizational charts
Nov 19, 2019 Cost Report Training Sessions - Dec. 5 & 6


TRAINING

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

Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 10am-2pm
Program Description: This session provides tools for working with LGBTQ+ clients, families, colleagues, and other organizations, including our own perceptions and realities of the world at large.  Focus of the session will be cultural humility, terminology around identities, and how we may provide culturally humble services. 
Trainers: Linda Ellis, Executive Director, The Health Initiative and David Meyers
Location: CHRIS 180; Delta Conference Room; 1030 Fayetteville Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
CEs applied for: 3.5 CEUs (MSW, MFT, LPC) 
Cost for training and lunch: $85 (TG members receive complimentary registration--email office@gahsc.org to request code.) link to registration

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How to decipher the federal Family First Preservation and Services Act and its implications for child welfare providers 
Together Georgia Provider Alliance in collaboration with The University of Georgia J. W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development offers the following training


December 10, 2019 10am-2pm
Program Description: This 4-hour program will provide mid-level managers and supervisors with an understanding of how the federal government is seeking to improve child welfare outcomes through the Federal Family Preservation and Services Act (FFPSA).  This session is specifically geared to the program and operations staff who have the experience and expertise to influence program approach and design within their agency, and the role that their agency plays in supporting children and families who come in contact with the child welfare system.  We will discuss the values that the federal legislation places on establishing standards of good practice, implementing program models that have evidence to demonstrate their effectiveness, and keeping children in a family setting when out of home care is required, among others. Participants will be asked to reflect on these values and their consistency with their agency’s own values, leading to a discussion of how your agency evaluates risks and opportunities presented by public policies and funding.
Trainer: Gabrielle Sheely, GKS Consulting
Location: Christian City, 7501 Red Oak Rd Union City, GA 30291
CEUs applied for (3.5 for LPC, LMFT, and Social Work)
Cost for training and lunch: $85 (TG members receive complimentary registration--email office@gahsc.org to request code.) link to registration


Discounted training for TG members
20% off Prosolutions online training https://www.prosolutionstraining.com


SURVEYS

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.)


JOB NOTICES 

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. )


TG CORPORATE SPONSOR/PARTNER BENEFITS

Together Georgia corporate sponsors/partners improve services and can save your agency thousands of dollars annually. click here to review.


SAVE THE DATE

2020 Together Georgia Day at the Capitol January 29, 2020 - sign up at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WFJPV57  
2020 Executive Retreat April 16 & 17 at Lanier Islands Legacy Lodge
2020 Georgia Conference on Children and Families October 14-16 at Marriott Augusta


An email newsletter as a public service Editor   

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

 
 



 














 

                 

    

 

 

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