Stable Self-Sufficient, Productive Families
At Georgia Family Connection, we help ensure that all Georgians can become—and remain—productive citizens. We are empowering our hard-working families across the state to be stable and self-sufficient through two partner initiatives:
Great Start Georgia (GSG) is the community-based comprehensive maternal and early childhood system in Georgia for expectant parents, children birth to 5, and their families.
GSG grew from partnerships forged across the Department of Public Health, Division of Family and Children Services, Bright from the Start: Department of Early Care and Learning, and Georgia Family Connection Partnership (GaFCP) to develop an early childhood system, including both public and private agencies and organizations to help connect families with young children to resources and services across the state.
GaFCP is continuing this work focused on Georgia Family Connection Collaboratives in Bibb, Lowndes, Clarke, Whitfield, Fulton and McDuffie counties that are engaged in implementing evidence-based home visitation programs as part of their GSG model.
After 18 months of laying the groundwork work, the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) began implementing a new evidence-informed Georgia Practice Model for child welfare casework in 2016.
The new model prioritizes working in partnership with families, focuses on pragmatic solutions to difficult situations, and notices and celebrates change. The architecture of the new practice model, Solution Based Casework, was developed through years of consultation with workers and supervisors who were attempting to remedy problems contributing to recurrence of abuse and neglect. However, the model is applicable to a wide range of family problems.
Georgia Family Connection Partnership (GaFCP) has been partnering with DFCS since 2015 to engage communities throughout the state to gather input on the new reforms to our child welfare system. GaFCP also participates as a member of the advisory board that helped develop the new practice model, and as a member of the Child Welfare Training Collaborative Advisory Board, which assists with implementing a new training institute.