An important element of Georgia's child welfare program is the development of a strengths-based, prevention-driven community response to vulnerable children and families. Each year, Georgia's Division of Family and Children Services issues a "Statement of Need" to seek proposals from non-profit organizations and public entities to provide coordinated community-based programs and services.
A statewide needs assessment is conducted annually to identify family and community service needs through:
In Georgia, service models in each of the four PSSF program categories are designed to reinforce and support the priorities identified in the state's five-year Child & Family Services Plan. Service plans must include evidence-based programs, practices and/or strategies proven effective in meeting the needs of children and their families.
PSSF Home Visiting Services utilize evidence-based home visiting practice models to support positive parent-child relationships, promote optimal child health and development, enhance parental self-sufficiency, ensure safe home environments and prevent child abuse and neglect. Home visiting is a mechanism to provide direct support and coordination of services for families which involves direct services to the family in the home setting.
Programs vary, but components include education in effective parenting and childcare techniques; education on child development, health, safety, and nutrition; assistance in gaining access to social support networks; and in identifying and obtaining access to community services.
Programs make use of voluntary in-home support and educational services designed to enhance parental capacity to care for children, strengthen parent-child relationships, and help families identify and access community resources. Home visiting programs offer a variety of family-focused services to expectant parents and families with new babies and young children. They address issues such as maternal and child health, positive parenting practices, safe home environments, and access to services.
To locate Home Visiting programs, check the Resource Guide >>.
Thirteen FSS/HVS home visiting programs (FFY2018) provided: