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Georgia Grantmakers Alliance Brunch & Learn
Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM EDT
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Georgia Grantmakers Alliance Brunch & Learn Event:

GADFCS’s Vision for a State of Hope

Presented in partnership with Casey Family Programs and
the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services

When: Tuesday, August 22, 8:30am – 11:00am
Location: Commerce Club
191 Peachtree St. NE, 49th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303

Each year, approximately 3.2 million children across the country are involved in investigation or alternative response for maltreatment. About 384,500 youth under 18 are currently living in foster care. Today, almost all the federal government’s dedicated child welfare funding can be spent by states only on services related to foster care.

Due to the increasing challenges for families – substance abuse, living in poverty, unemployment and the demands on families, Georgia has experienced an increase in the numbers of children and youth who have come to the attention of the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS). Foster care is a response to abuse and neglect, not a solution. Yet the bulk of the $7.3 billion in dedicated federal child welfare spending can be used by states only for services related to foster care. Therefore, building and strengthening public/private partnerships at the state level and at the regional level is critical.

DFCS is committed to the safety, self-sufficiency and well-being of Georgia's children and families. Its vision is to build a better future for Georgia by developing the best child welfare agency in the world. The plan to realize this vision is called Blueprint for Change, a three-pillar approach to reforming the child welfare system. This reform effort has focused on building and sustaining strong practice, a committed workforce and purposeful engagement with the community. As part of this work, DFCS hopes to build and strengthen public/private partnerships, including aligning its work with philanthropy.

This event will include a discussion with DFCS Director Bobby Cagle and other senior division leaders, as well as Stephanie Blank, the chair of the Governor’s Child Welfare Reform Council. We hope you can join us for a discussion of DFCS’s work and its plans for the future.


Also, save the date for the GGA Annual Meeting on Friday, September 8, at the Cox Foundation Central Park Campus in Atlanta. More details will be available soon! 
To add your name to our mailing list or for questions regarding the 
Georgia Grantmakers Alliance (GGA), please contact GGA staff liaison, Will Kauffman.

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The Southeastern Council of Foundations strives to support Members and grantmakers with access to education, resources and networking by serving as a convener and facilitator, offering a diverse range of voices and perspectives. We do not endorse colleague organization views, but rather aim to provide access to a broad range of information and resources to increase grantmaking impact and develop philanthropic leaders throughout the region.

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