Thanks to everyone who helped and the more than 20 people who attended the June 14th Promise the Children Lunch and Learn. Great turn out, good food and exciting discussion for and about a group of children and young people with great needs. Athens UU David Meyers with the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at UGA helped us think more about how we might work to support homeless and foster youth who are moving on to post-secondary education. Some of our UUCA members with foster care experience added personal expertise and wisdom. St. Bart’s congregation is interested in partnering with us and Jo Mitchell is helping to explore our next steps. Let us know if you are interested in joining us as we figure out some real and effective ways to make a difference! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Category Archives: Foster Care–Transitioning Youth
June 14th at 11:45 am
… for a light lunch and discussion
about children and youth in the foster care system.
UUCA Families already involved in Foster Care — we especially welcome your presence and wisdom!
Over lunch we will learn about current experiences, and discuss a new initiative UUCA is invited to partner with to develop a system of support for homeless and foster youth who are moving on to postsecondary education.
Guest Presenter: David Meyers who has many years working with children in the state and is now with the the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at the University of Georgia.
RSVP to Beth Stevenson – email@example.com
The “Ask”: Call or email your Georgia State Senator and ask him/her to vote FOR Senate Bill 138, the Child Welfare Reform Bill.
The When: This bill is slated for vote this Friday, so it’s urgent that your senator hears from you by Thursday 4 P.M.
The Why: Protecting Georgia’s Children from harm and neglect is one of the toughest jobs our government has. To operate effectively, the Child Welfare Reform Council met repeatedly over the summer and fall and subsequently issued best practice legislative and policy recommendations for operating the state’s child welfare system. SB 138 will enact some of the Governor’s Child Welfare Reform recommendations:
- The Governor would appoint, pending the approval of the Senate, and have direct oversight of the director of the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS).
- The bill establishes the DFCS State Advisory Board and better defines the makeup and obligations of county and regional DFCS boards.
- The bill addresses the interagency sharing of data for the protection of children and allows a foster parent, as an agent of the DFCS, to have access to a child’s medical and educational records to ensure the proper care and education of a child entrusted to the foster parent’s care.
- The bill also creates a central child abuse registry.
The Message: “Dear Senator _____________, Please vote for Senate Bill 138, the Child Welfare Reform Bill. This bill will create the foundation the Department of Family and Children Services needs to better protect children and to help Georgia families thrive. Thank you for your service and for all you do for Georgia’s children.
The How: Click here to find your Senator’s contact information
The “Ask”: Call or write Governor Deal to thank him for prioritizing the Child Welfare Council Reforms in his budget request and for (once again) increasing the funding to the Juvenile Justice Incentive Grants.
The Why: Child Protective Service (CPS), foster care support, as well as DFCS (Division of Family and Children Services) workforce support and development, have been underfunded for ages. It is a complicated agency that has a really hard mission, and our children and families deserve the best supports they can get. Georgia needs to value those who check in on and protect children on a day to day basis.
“Dear Governor Deal, As a citizen of this great state, I want to thank you for your thoughtful approach to protecting and helping our children with your budget requests based on the Child Welfare Reform Council recommendations and for further increases in the community-based programs for young offenders. The sustained support for some of our most vulnerable children and teens is very much appreciated and valued. Thank you.”
The How: Click here to contact Governor Deal by webmail with the message above (or something similar), or call his office at 404 -656-1776. Or stop at the PTC Advocacy Table on Sunday! Questions? Email PromiseTheChildren@uuca.org.
UUCA is participating in the Interfaith Children’s Movement’s DAY AT THE CAPITOL – Wed. February 4.
Advocacy in a group won’t make you nervous and is quite a lot of fun.
ICM is calling upon the interfaith community to “Have a Heart for Children” at ICM Day at the Capitol on Wed. February 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.) Let’s speak up for Georgia’s children!
Why are we speaking up? Take a look.
We will gather at Trinity United Methodist Church, 265 Washington Street, SW, Atlanta, 30303, located immediately down the street from the State Capitol.
About the Day
9:00 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Orientation and Legislative Briefing
12:30 p.m. – Lunch and debriefing To REGISTER just send an email to PromiseTheChildren@uuca.org. The last day to register is February 2, 2015. For more detailed information about the day, go to ICM Day at the Capitol 2015 .
Parking is limited around the Capitol area, so we plan to carpool from UUCA.
Be a Voice for Children!
Each Sunday during the annual GA legislative session (now thru April 15), visit Promise the Children’s Advocacy Table in the social hall and use your voice to speak up for children.
“I promise you, legislators listen to citizens,” says UUCA member Nan Orrock, who is a state senator.
Our voices do make a difference!
Below: Hildegarde Gray, Tricia Stultz & Joy Borra lead the PTC Advocacy group.