Weekly Update September 23, 2016

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Typical Week for Child Welfare in Georgia?!?

For starters UGA's Fanning Institute's David Myers met with me Monday in Athens to discuss the 2017 training calendar they would be offering to our members.  We plan to expand to eight sessions and provide new topics.  Be on the look out in the coming weeks for a survey to gather your input as we finalize both the trainings and their locations around the state. 

Then on Tuesday we co-facilitated the Practice Matters meeting and the DFCS Provider town hall meeting with Director Cagle.   If you missed the meetings you can read up on all the power points that were presented here.  There were numerous questions posed to Director Cagle during the hour and half forum.  Many focused on how communications can be improved and the impact of continued high turnover in the DFCS caseworkers ranks.  

Wednesday I participated on the Inter-Agency Directors Team (IDT).  This monthly gathering of all the state divisions and other stakeholders (Carter Center, CDC...Together Georgia) spent much of the meeting hearing from the Department of Community Affairs and their current efforts to take a more holistic approach to housing.  They are working to ensure needed services are available in the areas additional housing is being developed and having more thoughtfulness with regard to the impacts of poverty effecting ones ability to obtain needed services. 

On Thursday HR 1093, Kate Dempsey's study committee on mental health met for three hours.  Most of this hearing was focused on learning from law enforcement officers and a judge from Douglas County on the tremendous challenges that mental health illnesses place on various aspects of their services both in the jails, courts and transportation.  You can view this hearing at here. The last hour was hearing from DBHDD about their efforts to improve these situations especially via the CSBs.  

Later on Thursday I participated in the monthly Georgia Youth Opportunity Initiative at MAAC.  This is always a highlight of the month, learning about all the efforts and initiatives to improve conditions for those older young people transitioning from youth to adulthood.  I encourage all of you to learn more about this initiative and especially the work of EmpowerMEnet.  Currently there are efforts underway to assist older foster youth in getting driver license and meaningful savings accounts.  

All in all another positive week for Georgia's attempts to improve our systems for children, youth, families and communities.

The week came to an end and as of this writing the Families First Act had still not been voted upon.  Last I heard there were three states with holds on the legislation.


2016 Georgia Conference on Children and Families 

Georgia Conference on Children and Families
November 2-4, 2016
Marriott Augusta at the Convention Center 


We encourage all of our TG members to participate either as attendees, or as sponsor/exhibitors. The conference evaluations in previous years highly rate the GCCF networking opportunity. There will be approx. 250+ DFCS,  DJJ, and DBHDD staff along with other collaboratives who will be attending the conference. There were more than 500 participants in the 2015 event. Providers will have opportunity to mingle with key state leaders, professional experts and child welfare peers. If your agency is not yet signed up, please consider sponsoring this event.  Sponsors receive various levels of recognition, including listing in the GCCF printed program. The deadline to sign up to ensure that you are included in the program has been extended to Monday, October 3. Remaining available sponsorships include Gold (1) and Platinum (2)--sponsor  www.georgiachild.org/2016/gcsponsorship2016.htm

Corporate Sponsor - full page with logo
Platinum Sponsor - half page with logo
Gold Sponsor - quarter page with logo
Silver Sponsor - listing
Bronze Sponsor - listing

(We are in need of upper level Gold and Platinum​. However, if Bronze, which is sold out, is your only option,  we will be happy to process an admin registration for you ​ as space permits. Please let us know ASAP if this will work for you -  office@gahsc.org )​

brochure: http://tinyurl.com/j32tzok
website: www.georgiachild.org
attendee registration: www.regonline.com/gccf2016
sponsor registration: www.georgiachild.org/2016/gcsponsorship2016.htm


Provider Monthly September 20, 2016

Welfare Watch September 28, 2016 - Family First Day of Action

Daily Update September 30, 2016 - Practice Matters and Road Show meetings with providers 9/27
Daily Update September 29, 2016 - Together Georgia welcomes new corporate sponsor CompanyMileage
Member Update September 27, 2016 - Goshen celebrates a special birthday
Daily Update September 27, 2016  - Kids' Share 2016 Report: Federal Expenditures
Daily Update September 26, 2016 - Family First Call for Advocates and Day of Action 9/27


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

Georgia Center for Nonprofits, Nonprofit University, Development Institute


►NEXT WEEK Oct 5 - CCI Chapter meeting 11:00am
Oct 13 - Family Foster Care Chapter meeting 10:00am - CCS, 4487 Park Dr. Ste A, Norcross 30093 - Jeff Lukich is invited to attend.  
Oct 20 - Family Preservation/Mental Health Provider Chapter 10:00am - Family Ties, 270 Carpenter Dr., Ste 400, Sandy Springs                        30328. Lamar Smith is confirmed to attend.  
Oct 27 - Faith-base Affinity Group - 11:00am - Chick-fil-A headquarters (RSVP required)

Save the Date
December 6 - Board Meeting 10:00a.m. followed by TG Leadership Meeting at noon- UMCH, 
500 S. Columbia Dr., Decatur
            30030 - details will be forthcoming
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

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

►Reminder Embark UGA Admissions Recruitment Event - October 7

From J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, University of Georgia


We are excited to announce a first of its kind event here at UGA.  On October 7, the UGA Admissions office will host a "First Look" event geared specifically for youth who have experienced foster care and/or homelessness and up to three guests per student.  This program is designed for students who are in 10th or 11th grade this year and who may be competitive in the admissions process for UGA.  Students will hear from a variety of UGA representatives including faculty, staff and students.  One of the primary goals is to highlight the broad array of resources available at UGA to meet the needs of these students.  All of the information that you need is found in the registration link.  Please see the attached flyer for additional information.

 Please circulate widely with your contacts and young people who may want to take advantage of this opportunity.  The link to register is here:  http://t.uga.edu/2BP 

If you have any questions about registration or logistics for the event, please contact UGA admissions directly - there is a contact box inside the registration form once you open the link.  If you have any questions about other topics, please contact us directly at embark@fanning.uga.edu

We are very excited about this event and look forward to lots of participants! 

David and Lori

link to flyer


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


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. )

An email newsletter as a public service Editor   



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