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.

To view FFY2019 network service providers in each program category, click on the corresponding map title. 

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

FFY2019 Network Providers

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Family Support Family Preservation
Time-Limited Reunification Adoption Promotion & Post-Permanency


FFY2019 Network Service Providers


149 programs were selected from more than 188 proposals submitted

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Resource Guide


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Resource Guide

New in FFY2019


21 new programs were added to the PSSF Network

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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) are 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 Information ››

Home Visiting (FSS/HVS) are 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 Information ››

Healthy Relationship & Co-Parenting (FSS/HMI) are 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 Information ››

Supports & Services for Homeless Youth (FSS/SHY) are 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 Information ››


Feature Service Model

Relative Caregiver/Kinship Family Services (FPS/RCS)
In situations where children must be removed from their birth parents, other relatives are the preferred resource whenever possible because placement with relatives increases stability and safety, as well as helps to maintain family connections and cultural traditions. PSSF Relative Caregiver/Kinship Family services offer a comprehensive array of support services to grandparents and relative caregivers who are the primary caregivers of children other than their own.

Such services should take into account that relatives are likely to be single, in poorer health, and financially less secure than non-relative caregivers, while children in their care are generally younger and often need special services. These families generally receive few economic supports and are less likely to be aware of services available to them. Additionally, they may not have support from extended family, peers, or the community in general.

PSSF Relative Caregiver/Kinship Family services are designed to achieve such outcomes as increasing caretaker capacity to look after the children in their care; improving the educational, physical, and mental health of children; promoting permanency and child well-being by supporting early and stable relative placements; and increasing access to and utilization of community-based supports and services. This may come in the form of parent education sessions, educational support and tutoring for children, and healthcare for both children and caretakers.

To locate Relative Caregiver/Kinship Family programs, check the Resource Guide.


Feature Service Provider

Augusta University: Serving Richmond and Columbia Counties
The Healthy Grandparents Program was established at Augusta University's College of Nursing in January of 1999 to provide physical, emotional, and social support to grandparents and great-grandparents raising their grandchildren ages 0-17 living in parent-absent homes.

Services are designed to increase families' access to resources, increase family empowerment, and independence, and promote stability and permanency in children's lives while maintaining their family ties and culture. The primary goal is to support intergenerational families so children can experience a stable and supportive home environment without having to enter and/or re-enter the formal foster care system.

Grandparent caregivers have demonstrated a significant need for social/peer support, mental and physical health care, child development education, child custody legal assistance, access to information and resources, respite care, and advocacy. Many grandparent caregivers are accessing social services for the first time, are unaware of available resources, and frustrated by attempts to navigate the many different child/family welfare systems. The Healthy Grandparents Program has been able to meet the unique needs of families by providing a wide range of home and community-based services for grandparents and grandchildren.

Augusta University also supports a second PSSF program that provides legal services to grandparents and kinship caregivers as they work to obtain legal guardianship of the children in their care.

Augusta University shares a family success story:


 


PSSF Relative Caregiver/Kinship Family Services
Making A Difference in 2017


Seven relative caregiver programs provided: 
1,003 in-home or center-based parent education sessions
2,920 educational support/tutoring sessions
19,093 total service hours

Of families completing services,
1% achieved reunification
74% achieved adoption/legal guardianship/custody

Augusta University 
Making a Difference in 2017

252   300/25
educational support sessions
for children
monthly in-home nurse visits
for 25 grandparent-caregivers