Weekly Update May 6, 2016


Join Bobby Cagle, Director of Georgia's Family and Children Services, for a discussion on the impacts of child welfare reform in Georgia and an effort to strengthen partnerships between DFCS and the providers in Georgia. Director Cagle would like to meet with all the providers and their staff in the surrounding communities including private foster families to discuss plans for reform in DFCS and seek feedback on how providers and the agency can better work together to serve Georgia’s most vulnerable families and children.

Refreshments will be provided.

*Individuals requesting accommodations should e-mail lepsi@dhs.ga.gov or call 404-657-5244 one week in advance of the date of the scheduled meeting.

Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM (EDT) Add to Calendar
Gainesville Civic Center - 830 Green Street NE , Gainesville, GA 30501 - View Map

link to flyer and registration at 

Training and Conference Update May 6, 2016
Provider Watch May 5, 2016 - DPH Training Flyer for Foster Parents
Provider Watch May 4, 2016 - CMHD agenda for 5/5/16
May 4, 2016 reminder - Region 2 Providers to meet with DFCS Director 5/12/16
Welfare Watch May 4, 2016 - Children's Mental Health Day 5/5/16
Provider Watch May 3, 2016 - Discover Derby Style
Welfare Watch May 03 2016 - National Foster Care Month
Welfare Watch May 02, 2016 - CollegeBound - apply today!

Daily Update May 5, 2016 - Message from DFCS Director, Bobby Cagle
Daily Update May 5, 2016 - Avoid These Communication Traps - Reframing Newsletter (April 29, 2016)
Daily Update May 04 2016 - Home in 5 Spring Marketing Campaign l Foster Parent Appreciation Event
Daily Update May 3, 2016 - Deal signs HB 962 | HB 229 expanded


Member Calendar
NOTE CHANGE  May 12 - Family Foster Care Chapter will meet at the Road Show scheduled at 1:00, Gainesville Civic Center - 830 Green Street NE , Gainesville, GA 30501
May 19 - Family Preservation/Mental Health Provider Chapter 10am - 270 Carpenter Dr, Ste 400, Sandy Springs 30328

Save the Date
November 2-4, 2016 - Georgia Conference on Children and Families   sponsorship opportunities 


Trends in Child Welfare Policy and Practice in Georgia 
Thursday, May 26, 2016, 10:00am - 2:00pm 

Together Georgia Provider Alliance in collaboration with The University of Georgia J. W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development  offers the following training.  This session will highlight trends in child welfare practice and policy presented by Tripp Jones, LaShaunda Daniel, and Frances Atwater from the Georgia Department of Human Services. Prudent Parenting, updates in Independent Living Programs, and Solution Based Casework will be highlighted.   

Instructors: Tripp Jones; Unit Manager, Child Welfare Practice Model Coaches, DHS; LaShaunda Daniel; Training and Curriculum Specialist, Office of Provider Management, DHS; and Frances Atwater; Independent Living Program Supervisor, DHS  
Date and Time: Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location:  hosted at Hephzibah Ministries -  6601 Zebulon Rd, Macon GA 31220
Cost: $85  
link to registration (TG member discount is available--email office@gahsc.org to request code.)
CEUs  applied for  - 3.5 hours 
LCSW, LPC, LMFT CEUs applied for 

Contact office@gahsc.org 

♦ Training update 5/6/16


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. 

SALARY SURVEY  remains open - response from each member agency is requested.   TG members are requesting updated salary survey information. We are inching along and need a significant number of responses in order to be meaningful (20 agencies responded to date). The individual results will be confidential and sorted for distribution. 

The survey is linked at  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FTKRY5T  

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