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Prevent Child Abuse Georgia:Connecting Caregivers to Support 

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26 New Mandated Reporter Trainers

Although Georgia requires all child serving professionals and volunteers to report suspected child maltreatment, there is no law describing how mandated reporters are to receive information on recognizing or reporting abuse. Prevent Child Abuse Georgia has trained professionals throughout the state to deliver Mandated Reporter Training to communities, professionals, or groups who wish to have in-person training.

Congratulations to the 26 newly trained professionals (pictured above), who attended PCA Georgia's Mandated Reporter TOT late September. They are now able to provide mandated reporter training in their community that includes:
  • Understanding laws around mandated reporting;
  • Defining four types of abuse and related indicators;
  • Describing the process for handling a disclosure of abuse; and
  • Following the basic procedure for reporting suspected child abuse.

Request a FREE MANDATED REPORTER TRAINING by filling out PCA Georgia's online form

Georgia's Training in Adoption Competency Program 

The GSU Professional Excellence Program is recruiting a new cohort for their Training in Adoption Competency (TAC) Program. The TAC Program, developed by the Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.), is an evidence-informed training program that provides mental health professionals with the knowledge, skills, and values needed to provide adoption-competent mental health services to their clients. In addition to licensed mental health professionals, others working in the field of adoption or providing services to members of the adoption triad (birth parents, adopted children, adopted parents) would also benefit from this program. 
The Fall 2018 Cohort Class begins in November.
 Classes will be held the 2nd Saturday of each month in Macon.
Please Apply by October 12th

Click Here to Apply

State of Hope Communities 
State of Hope is a Georgia Division of Family and Children Services initiative supporting grass-roots, innovative efforts that focus on one or more of the four opportunities for hope: Education, being/becoming Trauma-Informed, Quality Caregiving and Economic Self-Sufficiency. These priorities will have the greatest impact on keeping children safe, strengthening families and empowering communities. The goal is to create Communities of Hope in each of Georgia’s 14 regions. 

After a competitive application process, 57 organizations were selected to house local State of Hope collaborative efforts and participate in a larger learning community- the Hope Ecosystem. 

More Cross-Organization Collaboration
The Georgia ACEs Connection is a publicly open action-based online group for individuals, sectors, and communities that are utilizing the ACEs science to implement trauma-informed and resilience-building practices and policies.​​​

PCA Georgia and DFCS' Prevention and Community Support Section are asking everyone in Georgia to actively discuss their role in developing safe and supportive communities by hosting a Civic Dinner. Spark dialogue about building nurturing communities to create a State of Hope, sign up now

Podcast Series Focuses on Georgia's Children 
Voices for Georgia's Children recently launched their inaugural podcast series, Challenges for Children. In April 2018, Voices set out to understand why so many of Georgia's children are being left behind. Team members traveled to Whitfield, Dougherty, Effingham, and Lamar counties to speak with community residents about the many struggles that children living outside Atlanta Metro face in accessing quality healthcare.  In the podcast, community members discuss a wide array of barriers including, transportation issues and  lack of mental health services, as well as share their personal stories. 

Family First Act
The Family First Prevention and Services Act (Family First), enacted earlier this year, amends Title IV parts B and E of the Social Security Act to significantly lower foster care placements by allowing Title-IV E funding for primary prevention services. In order to utilize these services your state must opt in. Here are several ways Prevent Child Abuse America has recommended to educate state and local agencies on the benefits of Family First and the positive impact it can have in the lives of children and families.  
  • Educating Decision Makers
  • Creating a Positive Buzz about Family First
  • Forming Coalitions or Work-groups
  • Making Requests
  • Writing to the Acting Commissioner of the Administration of Children, Youth, and Families




Prevent Child Abuse Georgia is a state chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. We provide statewide direction to prevent child abuse and neglect, promote healthy children, and develop strong families through our prevention network, public awareness, prevention programs, and advocacy. 
Learn more about us here!




Julia Neighbors

Naeshia McDowell
Helpline & Training Coordinator

Jyll Walsh
Communication & Outreach Coordinator


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Upcoming Events

Children's Advocacy Centers of Georgia "One Team" Conference
The Classic Center
Athens, GA
October 15-16, 2018
Register Here.

Georgia Conference on Families and Children
Marriott Augusta at the Convention Center
October 17-19, 2018
Register Here. 

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Annual Meeting & Conference
Atlanta Marriott at Century Center
October 22-23, 2018
Register Here. 

The Summit: Georgia’s Child Welfare Conference
Hosted by the Office of the Child Advocate
Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center
December 3-5, 2018 
Registration Opening Soon

"This project was supported in part by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Community Based Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CFDA 93.590).  Points of view or opinions stated in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Community Based Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CFDA 93.590)."


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