Provider Update October 20, 2017

The Cost of Poverty

The populations with whom we work encounter obstacles at every turn.  There are 46 million living in poverty and 1/4 of our children live in poverty. We know this, but many of us have never lived in true poverty, nor have we met the challenges that many of the families we serve have met.

CareSource, Georgia's newest managed care organization, approached Together Georgia early this year and offered to do a poverty simulation at the Georgia Conference on Children and Families in tandem with ThinkTank. We were uncertain whether or not the topic was too basic for our audience, so we vetted it with some of our providers. The response was unanimous, "Yes, this would be great! We often forget the challenges our families deal with and this will be a great reminder." Not only is it a reminder, it will help you for a brief period of time experience what the families we serve experience every day.  The difference being, at the end of the day, you have the good fortune to return to your life above the poverty line.  We hope many of you will be at the conference next week.  We trust you will experience your work at a different level after experiencing the Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE). Linked  at is an introductory video to COPE.

The Georgia Conference on Children and Families 
â–ºnext week October 25-27, 2017
Marriott Augusta, two 10th Street, Augusta, Georgia 30901

- DFCS Director, Bobby Cagle will have some opening remarks at the luncheon on October 25. 
- Virginia 'Ginger' Pryor, DFCS Chief of Staff is scheduled to emcee the awards luncheon on October 26
- First Lady Sandra Deal will receive special recognition at the awards luncheon on October 26
- National presenter, Marlo Nash, Senior Vice President Public Policy and Mobilization, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities will be our keynote presenter on October 27

Attendee Online Registration (open)
Become a 2017 GCCF Sponsor (available)

Overflow hotel space is available:
Holiday Inn Express
444 Broad Street-Augusta, GA 30901
(706) 922-1414
Block code: GCF for discount

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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

Georgia Conference on Children and Families October 25-27, 2017