Making a Difference in Georgia

An important element of Georgia’s child welfare program is the development of a strengths-based, prevention-driven community response to vulnerable children and families.  Each year, Georgia’s Division of Family and Children Services issues a "Statement of Need”  to seek proposals from non-profit organizations and public entities to provide coordinated community-based programs and services.  

A statewide needs assessment is conducted annually to identify family and community service needs through:
  • Consultation with Division leadership, unit and program managers
  • An online survey for regional and county directors, administrators, supervisors, and case managers
  • Input from service providers and community stakeholders representing all PSSF program areas and service models
The annual Statement of Need (SoN) incorporates feedback from all sources in response to changing family needs, community resources, and state and federal priorities.

To view FFY2017 network service providers in each program category, click on the corresponding map title. 

For more information about becoming a PSSF network service provider visit Funding Opportunities.

FFY2017 Network Providers

Click on a program category to see locations.
Family Support Family Preservation
Time-Limited Reunification Adoption Promotion & Post-Permanency


FFY2017 Network Service Providers


151 programs were selected from more than 180 proposals submitted

See a full listing of programs

Resource Guide


Find services or a network service provider in your community

Resource Guide

New in FFY2017


21 new programs were added to the PSSF Network

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Meeting the Unique Needs of Georgia's Families

In Georgia, service models in each of the four PSSF program categories are designed to reinforce and support the priorities identified in the state’s  five-year Child & Family Services Plan.  Service plans must include evidence-based programs, practices and/or strategies proven effective in meeting the needs of children and their families.


 
Prevention & Early Intervention (FSS/PEI) are voluntary, in-home or center-based supports and services to help families identify and address family issues that threaten child safety, strengthen family protective capacity, reducing the risk of CPS intervention. More Information ››

Home Visiting (FSS/HVS) are voluntary, evidence-based, in-home services that support positive parent-child relationships, child health and development, parental self-sufficiency, and safe home environments to prevent child abuse and neglect. More Information ››

Healthy Relationship & Co-Parenting (FSS/HMI) are services designed to build and maintain healthy partnerships, identify and manage stress that threatens relationships, and promote and support life-long parental or co-parenting relationships. More Information ››

Supports & Services for Homeless Youth (FSS/SHY) are services and supports to help unaccompanied homeless youth or victims of sexual exploitation transition to independent living and become self-sufficient through community involvement and relationships, education, employment, health and safety. More Information ››
 


Feature Service Model

Supervised Family Visitation (TLR/SFV)
Children in out-of-home placement have the right to continued relationships with their family of origin, extended family, and others with whom they have had meaningful relationships, unless prohibited for reasons of safety by court order.  Likewise, parents of children in care have the right and responsibility to maintain regularly scheduled visits and other contacts with their children unless prohibited by the court. 

Supervised visitation has been found to be strongly associated with the outcomes of placement, particularly family reunification, and with the length of stay in foster care. According to research, the children who were visited most frequently were more likely to be reunified with their parents and to experience shorter placements before reunification. In addition, researchers have found a relationship between the frequency of the parent-child visits and the child(ren)’s well-being while in foster care. Frequent visiting has consistently been found not only to emotionally benefit children in care but also to contribute to the achievement of permanency. 

Successful family reunification is based, in part, on the family or primary caregiver demonstrating an understanding of the child's needs and their competency to meet those identified needs during observed visits. PSSF Supervised Family Visitation services are designed to establish or sustain parent-child and sibling relationships and facilitate the achievement of reunification case plan goals.

To locate supervised visitation programs, check the Resource Guide.


Feature Service Provider

Compassion House: Serving Murray & Whitfield Counties
Compassion House offers supervised visitation program for families whose children have been removed from the home and are in Georgia’s foster care system.  With funding support from Promoting Safe and Stable Families, Compassion House has provided services at visitation centers in both Whitfield and Murray counties for close to 14 years.  

Two years ago, with the support of their community, Compassion House moved into an 11,000 square foot building which has allowed them to increase visitation services for families as well as expand services to meet additional needs of families in their community.  To supplement regular supervised visits, Compassion House provides parent coaching, transportation, life skills training, peer mentoring and facilitates family team meetings. 
 
The dedicated team at Compassion House includes full and part-time staff, student interns and volunteers with a vast array of experience and expertise such as PhDs, several MSWs, and an LMFT.  Most importantly, each member of the team feels a deep calling to their mission of restoring and reuniting families.  One community leader said, "Compassion House is making the biggest difference in the lives of families that I’ve ever seen. This is a local organization that is making a life-changing impact not only for hundreds of families, but for our entire community.”

Compassion House shares a family success story:


 


PSSF Supervised Family Visitation
Making A Difference in 2016


Twenty visitation programs served: 
1,310 families with
2,264 children from 
100 counties

Of families completing services,
45% achieved reunification
7% achieved adoption/legal guardianship/custody

Compassion House
Making a Difference in 2016

1,469   108/172
Supervised visits provided
at two locations
Families/children visiting 
an average of 14 visits