Weekly Update June 24, 2016

Georgia Conference on Children and Families Asks for your Support

Yes I know it is just early summer and everyone is taking family vacations and trying to stay cool and the GCCF is not until early November.  BUT time waits for no one (I think someone famous once uttered that line) and preparation for the conference is well underway.  By now you have seen updates on the keynote speaker, Amelia Franck Meyers.  We had such a great response from experts for the breakout sessions that we had to add a seventh track and we still had to turn away over 30 proposals.  Tracks include: leadership, clinical, programmatic, prevention, child law, and specialty. 

Last year over 500 professionals attended.  We need our members to go on online and register your staff as soon as you can. I am also asking each member to not only consider being a sponsor (many of you have already signed up) but also to reach out to your vendors and contractors and provide them with the sponsorship information.  Sponsorship levels include: Platinum, Gold, Silver (sold out) and Bronze.  Bethany Christian once again has stepped up to be the conference's Platinum sponsor - thank you!  Having sufficient sponsors is the primary means we have of keeping the registration fees from rising.  Please take a few minutes this summer to seek out at least one new sponsor! Lets all make this the best GCCF ever.

Thank you, Ron



Welfare Watch June 21, 2016 - 2016 National KIDS COUNT Rankings Released
Provider Watch June 21, 2016 - Together Georgia welcomes new member, The Ministry Village

Daily Update June 24, 2016 - Dekalb Youth Town Hall - July 13th
Daily Update June 23, 2016 - Reality Fair
Daily Update June 22, 2016 - Family First Preservation Services Act passes House
Daily Update June 22, 2016  - Bid notice, Functional Family Therapy for Court-involved Youth
Daily Update June 21, 2016 - Educational Subcommittee for EmpowerMEnt
Daily Update June 20, 2016  -  Atlanta Youth Count

Member Calendar - http://togetherga.net/index.php/events/list-by-month/month.calendar/2016/06/27/-

July 14 at 10am - Family Foster Care Chapter meeting at Creative Community Services, 4487 Park Dr. Ste A, Norcross 30093
July 21 at 10am - Family Preservation/Mental Health Provider Chapter meeting at Family Ties, 270 Carpenter Dr. Ste 400, Sandy Springs 30328
Save the Date
November 2-4, 2016 - Georgia Conference on Children and Families   sponsorship opportunities 
January 18, 2017 - Together Georgia Day at the Capitol

April 25 & 26, 2017 -  Annual Executive Retreat, WinShape
Training Update May 26, 2016
August 25, 10:00am-2:00pm, LaGrange - Principles of Effective Behavior Management           
September 22, 10:00am-2:00pm, Athens- Secondary Trauma

Department of Juvenile Justice - Multi-Systemic Therapy Program - 46100-DJJ0000224 - Event Closing Date July 15, 2016
NEW►Rockdale County - Family Functional Therapy for Court Involved Youth - 16-24 - Event Closing Date July 14, 2016
Macon Bibb County Commissioners - 
Juvenile Incentive Program - 16-061-KMB - Event Closing Date June 30, 2016
YouthToday Grants - click here to see available grants on website 
Grant Station Insider  - Volume XV | Issue 24 | June 16, 2016

REMINDER: Connecting with Legislators

Agencies are encouraged to schedule time with their legislators.  It’s important to develop and maintain positive relationships with your legislators; Summer and Fall afford time to connect while they are out of session back in their districts. Cultivating these relationships will help later when we need to reach out to legislators with critical issues and concerns.

Legislators often take time to meet with constituents in their districts during the legislative recess. Offering a tour with first-hand perspective of your agency provides legislators an opportunity to better understand our work in child welfare and dispel misconceptions.

Also, take opportunity to support your legislator’s community meetings within your district. Remember to invite them to your special events and take/share pictures via local media and social media.

Helpful Tips

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 user name and password that was previously provided to member agency directors. (User name 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. )

The 2016 survey is now closed.  Click here to view results

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The Georgia Conference on Children and Families  - November 2-4, 2016