Weekly Update February 10, 2017

2017 GCCF Together Georgia Sponsor Signup

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

Notice went out last week encouraging vendors to sign up prior to the initial Save the Date scheduled to go out  next time. Nearly 50% of our sponsors last year were Together Georgia members--thank you!

Members who sponsored in 2016 include:

Bethany Christian Services​​​​​​
​Bloom Our Youth, Inc.
Broken Shackle Ranch, Inc.

CHRIS 180º
Community Connections, Inc.
Community Solutions, Inc.
Creative Community Services
Eastchester Family Services
Elks Aidmore
Family Ties

Georgia Baptist Children's Home
Georgia HOPE

Georgia Youth Advocate Program/Rescare
Goshen Valley Boys Ranch
Marvelous Light Consultants, LLC  
Northstar Psychological Services

The Children's Village at Christian City
​The Methodist Children's Home
The Social Empowerment Center

Transitional Family Services
Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services, Inc.
WinShape (Chick-fil-A)
Youth Villages

Linked is a list of the 2017 sponsorship levels and online registration. http://www.georgiachild.org/2017/gccfsponsorship2017.htm  Please note, you will see a new category this year for a Diamond level, which exclusively sponsors a keynote presenter. 

We look forward to your participation again this year and encourage other TG members to jump on board.


Monday at the Capitol we had 14 folks (representing: Goshen, ChildKind, Chris180º, FaithBridge, United Hope 4 Children, The Methodist Home for Children and Youth, United Methodist Children's Home, Bethany Christian Services, Creative Community Services and Bloom Our Youth) testify at the House Appropriations Human Resources Sub-Committee's hearing for FY 18.  Of those testifying four were current foster parents from various CPAs.  They all did a great job.  Stan Jones, representing Together Georgia began our comments by laying the groundwork for the two issues: the need for a 6.46% rate increase for the next three years for providers and the parity needed on the current DFCS only 57% foster parent rate increase.  John Blend did an excellent job of closing the comments.  It appeared the legislators were engaged and seemed to indicated that there may already be some discussions on our recommendations at the Office of Planning and Budget and the Senate Appropriations Committee, especially around the foster parent parity issue.   This is an important time to reach out to both your House and Senate representatives and ask them to support these appropriation enhancement requests.  Please let me know if you have interest in speaking in future hearings.  

Please skim through the updated legislative matrix as it now contains 84 bills and resolutions that have some connection to children, youth and families issues.  We list all bills so that you can be informed and select those that may impact or are relevant to your work/mission.  Please let us know if you require details on any of of these pieces of legislation or any others not listed.  

Thank you for all you do.

legislative matrix 20170210
Appropriations Human Resources Sub-committee video 20170206 (provider testimony begins at 2:27:14)
Juvenile Justice Committee notes 20170209 (HB 250 relating to fingerprint and preliminary records check for foster homes)


Daily Update February 10, 2017 - EmpowerMEnt & Georgia ILP Webinar: Domestic Violence
Member Update February 9, 2017 - Lutheran Services Announces John Moeller As New CEO
Daily Update February 9, 2017 - Award winning documentary explores impact of adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress
Daily Update February 8, 2017 - TG signs on to Mental Health Study Committee Letter
Daily Update February 7, 2017  - US Government Accountability Office Report
Daily Update February 6, 2017 - Charitable Tax Deduction Threatened



Effective Teams and Collaboration

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

Effective Teams and Collaboration
Thursday, February 23, 2017, 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: David Meyers, MSW & Brendan Leahy, Ed.D.
Location: The Vashti Center, 1815 E. Clay Street Thomasville, GA 31792
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


Child Welfare Training Collaborative
Trauma 101: Understanding Child Trauma and Child Traumatic Stress - multiple dates - click here to view calendar


February 16 - Family Preservation/Mental Health Provider Chapter at 10:00AM at Family Ties
REGISTRATION OPEN April 25 & 26 -  Annual Executive Retreat, WinShape
SPONSOR REGISTRATION NOW OPENOctober 25-27 - Georgia Conference on Children and Families, Augusta - website: www.georgiachild.org

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


- YouthToday Grants - click here to see available grants on website 
- Grant Station Insider  - Volume XV | Issue 24 | June 16, 2016


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 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. )

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