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Making a Difference in Georgia

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:

  • Consultation with Division leadership, unit, and program managers.
  • An online survey for regional and county directors, administrators, supervisors, and case managers.
  • Input from service providers and community stakeholders representing all PSSF program areas and service models.
The annual Statement of Need (SoN) incorporates feedback from all sources in response to changing family needs, community resources, and state and federal priorities.

For more information about becoming a PSSF network service provider visit Funding Opportunities >>.

FFY2021 Network Service Providers

141 programs were selected from more than 180 proposals submitted.

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Resource Guide

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New in FFY2021

19 new programs were added to the PSSF Network this fiscal year.

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Meeting the Unique Needs of Georgia's Families

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.

Prevention & Early Intervention (FSS/PEI):

Voluntary, in-home or center-based supports and services to help families identify and address family issues that threaten child safety, strengthen family protective capacity, reducing the risk of CPS intervention. More Info >>

Home Visiting (FSS/HVS):

Voluntary, evidence-based, in-home services that support positive parent-child relationships, child health and development, parental self-sufficiency, and safe home environments to prevent child abuse and neglect. More Info >>

Healthy Relationship & Co-Parenting (FSS/HMI):

Services designed to build and maintain healthy partnerships, identify and manage stress that threatens relationships, and promote and support life-long parental or co-parenting relationships. More Info >>

Supports & Services for Homeless Youth (FSS/SHY):

Services and supports to help unaccompanied homeless youth or victims of sexual exploitation transition to independent living and become self-sufficient through community involvement and relationships, education, employment, health and safety More Info >>

Featured Service Model

Home Visiting Services (FSS/HVS)

Voluntary, in-home services to support positive parent-child relationships, child health and development, parental self-sufficiency, and safe home environments to prevent child abuse and neglect.

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.

PSSF supports two Home Visiting models in the Family Support category - Parents as Teachers and Healthy Families, and two Home Visiting models in the Family Preservation category - Exchange Parent Aide and SafeCare Augmented.

To locate Home Visiting programs, check the Resource Guide >>.

Making A Difference

Thirteen FSS/HVS home visiting programs (FFY2018) provided:

10,155 home visits to
773 families
26,567 total service hours

Five FPS/PPS home visiting programs provided:
2,445 home visits to
245 families

Featured Service Provider

Community Partnership of Elbert County

Parents as Teachers (PAT), an evidence-based home visiting model, was established at Community Partnership of Elbert County, Inc. in 2003 to provide a broad context of parenting education and family support, especially for those families in vulnerable situations. In October 2017, the Community Partnership completed the Parents as Teachers Quality Endorsement and Improvement process and earned the Blue Ribbon Affiliate designation. PAT affiliates with the Blue Ribbon designation are recognized as being exemplary programs, delivering high-quality services to children and families.

Families with children ages 0-5 participate in bi-monthly home visits that are relationship-based and parenting-focused. The PAT curriculum focuses on parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting, and family well-being. Families receive strength-based services that identify capabilities and skills and assist families in building protective factors within the family. PAT is effective in promoting healthy development and school readiness and reduces child maltreatment. In addition to home visits, families also have access to group meetings with other parents building a peer support network, regular child development screenings, and linkages to community programs and services that can further assist them in meeting their needs. Families are eligible to receive services prenatally and may continue to participate through age 5.

Community Partnership of Elbert County shares a family success story:
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