Network of Services and Supports for FamiliesFamilies at greatest risk of entering Georgia’s child protection system often have complex and interrelated problems such as poverty, unemployment, domestic violence, substance abuse and teen pregnancy which increase family stressors, impair family functioning and place children in situations where they may be unsafe. Children have the greatest chance for a safe and stable home environment when their parents and caregivers are knowledgeable of and have access to essential supports and services in their own communities.
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PSSF Program CategoriesPromoting Safe and Stable Families is designed to build capacity between state, local child welfare agencies and community-based family service agencies to ensure that children and their families have access to comprehensive, high quality prevention and intervention services in each of four broad categories: family support, family preservation, time-limited reunification, and adoption promotion.
Goal: Prevent and reduce the risk of child maltreatment by promoting well-being of entire family
- To increase parental understanding of child development, increase parental capacity to care for children, reduce risk factors that threaten child safety
- To increase family access to and utilization of informal and formal community supports
Target Population: Families not known to DFCS; families that were screened out, referred for services, assigned to Family Support, or had an unsubstantiated investigation; or families with prior CPS history (closed but referred for follow-up supports/services).
Number of Families Served by Program Category
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- Prevent abuse and neglect through supportive family services
- Prevent the unnecessary separation of children from their families through intensive preservation services.
- Minimize the time children remain in foster care by preserving and strengthening relationships through safe and expedient reunification
- Promote permanent placements and support life-long family connections for children and youth through adoption promotion and post permanency support services
Our FamiliesPSSF typically serves the following types of families:
- Families at risk for child welfare involvement and in need of support
- Families in crisis needing services to help preserve the family
- Families with one or more children in foster or relative care
- Families considering adoption or needing support to sustain permanency
- Youth or young adults who are homeless, at-risk, or transitioning out of foster care
These families included more than 20,000 children, nearly three-fourths in the care of their biological families or relatives and more than a fourth in foster care benefited from services, 14,000 were in the care of their biological families or relatives. Four percent of the children had an identified developmental disability. Almost half were under the age of six:
- 45% ages 0-5
- 35% ages 6-12
- 19% ages 13-17
- 1% over 18
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Family Characteristics** FFY2016 families where children in the care of biological parent or relative
As a result of participating in PSSF Family Support and Family Preservation services...
- Were able to maintain their children safely in their homes
- Identified and accessed other community-based services/supports for themselves and/or the children/youth in their care
- Increased their knowledge of child development and parenting skills
- Improved their response to inappropriate or maladaptive child behaviors
Most of those participating in healthy relationship and co-parenting services improved their knowledge/skills in communication and conflict resolution.
Most homeless youth served were:
Summary and Regional ProfilesEach year, summary profiles are compiled on PSSF network activities. These activities are included in the state’s Annual Progress and Services Report (APSR). FFY2016 profiles will be completed and posted in April 2017. Click on the links below for profiles from previous years.
20152015 Statewide Summary Profile
20142014 Statewide Summary Profile
20132013 Statewide Summary Profile
2012Statewide • SDR 1 • SDR 10 • SDR 11 • SDR 12 • SDR 13 • SDR 14 • SDR 15 • SDR 2 • SDR 3 • SDR 4 • SDR 5 • SDR 6 • SDR 7 • SDR 8 • SDR 9 • Adoption Promotion and Post- Permanency • Family Preservation • Family Support • Time-Limited Reunification
2011SDR 1 • SDR 10 • SDR 11 • SDR 12 • SDR 13 • SDR 14 • SDR 15 • SDR 16 • SDR 17 • SDR 2 • SDR 3 • SDR 4 • SDR 5 • SDR 6 • SDR 7 • SDR 8 • SDR 9 • Statewide
2010SDR 1 • SDR 10 • SDR 11 • SDR 12 • SDR 13 • SDR 14 • SDR 15 • SDR 16 • SDR 17 • SDR 2 • SDR 3 • SDR 4 • SDR 5 • SDR 6 • SDR 7 • SDR 8 • SDR 9 • Statewide