Network of Services and Supports for Families

Families 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.

Georgia's Promoting Safe and Stable Families program  reflects the ongoing commitment of the Division of Family and Children Services to ensuring that families, communities and organizations have access to the highest quality services and resources needed to help children and youth grow into healthy, thriving and contributing members of our society.  
 
Learn more about our Services, Families, and History.
 


 

Our Vision


Every child will be secure from abuse and neglect and become a healthy, literate, productive and economically self-sustaining citizen within in nurturing, caring permanent home environment.



Our Mission


Strengthen Georgia families and remove barriers to child safety, permanency and well-being.



Our Goals


To achieve better outcomes for children and families by recruiting, training and sustaining and coordinated network of community-based, family-centered, outcomes-driven organizations.
 
 

PSSF Program Categories

Promoting 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. 

Family Support services are primarily community-based preventive activities designed to promote parental competencies and behaviors that will increase the ability of families to successfully nurture their children; enable families to use other resources and opportunities available in the community; create supportive networks to enhance child-rearing abilities of parents and help compensate for the increased social isolation and vulnerability of families; and strengthen parental relationships and promote healthy marriages.

Goal: Prevent and reduce the risk of child maltreatment by promoting well-being of entire family

Objectives: 
  • 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

PSSF Service Network

Services are made available in all four program areas through a coordinated network of community-based family serving agencies to:
  • 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
All Promoting Safe and Stable Families service providers MUST utilize evidence-based practices, strategies or program models with a medium to high relevance to child welfare effective in addressing the needs of the target population and achieving desired outcomes.  
 
 
 
 


 

Our Families

PSSF 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
Nearly 12,000 families, residing in 157 of Georgia's 159 counties, received services from 143 programs in the Georgia PSSF network in FFY2016.  More than a third of these families (36%) had no known child welfare involvement at the time of referral.  

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
These families typically received services for an average of six months, with the length of service ranging from less than one to 23 months.


FFY2016

96%   90%
of families served: 
children remained safely 
in their homes or
stable placement 
at the conclusion of services

of families completing
their individual family
service plans,
met all or most of their
service plan goals





Family Characteristics*

* FFY2016 families where children in the care of biological parent or relative

Our Results

As a result of participating in PSSF Family Support and Family Preservation services...


Most families:

  • 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:

  • Assisted in securing a safe and stable living environment
  • Connected with an adult mentor 
  • Provided assistance in identifying education and/or employment opportunities


     


     
     


     

    Summary and Regional Profiles

    Each 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.


    2015

    2015 Statewide Summary Profile
     

    2014

    2014 Statewide Summary Profile
     

    2013

    2013 Statewide Summary Profile
     

    2012

    StatewideSDR 1SDR 10SDR 11SDR 12SDR 13SDR 14SDR 15SDR 2SDR 3SDR 4SDR 5SDR 6SDR 7SDR 8SDR 9Adoption Promotion and Post- PermanencyFamily PreservationFamily SupportTime-Limited Reunification
     

    2011

    SDR 1SDR 10SDR 11SDR 12SDR 13SDR 14SDR 15SDR 16SDR 17SDR 2SDR 3SDR 4SDR 5SDR 6SDR 7SDR 8SDR 9Statewide
     

    2010

    SDR 1SDR 10SDR 11SDR 12SDR 13SDR 14SDR 15SDR 16SDR 17SDR 2SDR 3SDR 4SDR 5SDR 6SDR 7SDR 8SDR 9Statewide