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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.