Public to comment on state’s plan for preventing child abuse

August 2, 2019

ATLANTA – Members of the public can offer comments on the revision of the state’s plan for preventing child abuse at a series of meetings around the state.

The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services announced Friday that public input is vital to coming up with a plan that’s workable and supported. Each year, the Division gets more than 140,000 reports of a child being maltreated, most having to do with neglect or a parent’s failure to adequately care for the child. Although the update of the plan is being coordinated by the Division’s Prevention and Community Support Section, in partnership with Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, the plan is a Georgia state plan, meant to coordinate the efforts of all state and local partners in preventing child maltreatment. 

Many of the causes of neglect are manageable, such as mental illness, substance abuse and poverty. Lack of parenting skills is another factor in neglect and often in cases of physical abuse, according to abuse-prevention experts.

The plan is a strategy for helping communities to have the resources to address the causes of neglect and other forms of abuse.

Georgia’s existing plan was initiated by then-Gov. Zell Miller and hasn’t received a comprehensive update since.

Attendance at the meetings is free of charge and open to the public. To have plenty of space for everyone, the agency is asking people wanting to attend to register on the Prevent Child Abuse Georgia website at abuse.publichealth.gsu.edu/canpp/

Each day’s meeting will include a three-hour session for service providers and a separate two-hour session for parents, caregivers, and members of the general public.

In addition to the regional meetings, the state plan will incorporate the results of two surveys, one for parents and caregivers and one for service providers.  Links to the surveys are also available on the Prevent Child Abuse Georgia website. 

Georgia Child Abuse Prevention Plan
Regional Planning Session

Location Date

Piedmont Oconee Health Campus
1305 Jennings Mill Rd
Watkinsville, GA 30677

Friday, Aug. 2 

9 a.m.–  noon.: Professional & service providers

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.: Caregivers & community members

UW of Central Georgia – Juanita Jordon Room
277 MLK Jr Blvd Ste 301
Macon GA 31202

Monday, Aug. 5 

9 a.m.– noon: Professional & service providers

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.: Caregivers & community members

South Columbus Public Library
 2034 South Lumpkin Road
Columbus, Georgia 31903

Tuesday, Aug. 6 

11 a.m.–2 p.m.: Professional & service providers

3 – 5 p.m.: Caregivers & community members

Southern Crescent Technical College
501 Varsity Road
Griffin, GA 30223

Friday, Aug. 9 

9 a.m.– noon: Professional & service providers

1:30–3:30 p.m.: Caregivers & community members

 

Albany State University
2400 Gillionville Road, J-Building
Albany, GA 31707

Monday, Aug. 12 

1 – 4  p.m.: Professional & service providers

6 – 8 p.m.: Caregivers & community members

Willis L. Miller Library – Room Community Hall 3
2906 Julia Dr
Valdosta GA 31602

 

Tuesday, Aug. 13

10:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.: Caregivers & community members

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Professional & service providers 

Bull Street Library Auditorium
2002 Bull St
Savannah GA 31401

Wednesday, Aug. 14 

1 – 4:30 p.m.: Professional & service providers
 

Chatham County DFCS Office
761 Wheaton St, Rm 1009B
Savannah GA 31401

Wednesday, Aug. 14

6 – 8 p.m.: Caregivers & community members

University Hospital – Auditorium
1350 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30901

Thursday, Aug. 15

1 – 4 p.m.: Professional & service providers

6 – 8 p.m.: Caregivers & community members 

The Calhoun Depot
109 S King St
Calhoun, GA 30701

Tuesday, Aug. 27

1 – 4 p.m.: Professional & service providers

6 – 8 p.m.: Caregivers & community members

West Georgia Technical College, 4600 Timber Ridge Drive, Douglasville, Ga 30135
Community Room

Thursday, Aug. 29

1 – 4 p.m.: Professional & service providers

6 – 8 p.m.: Caregivers & community members

President's Dining Room – Georgia Hall
Middle Georgia State University
Cochran, GA 31014

 

Thursday, Sept. 5

1 – 4 p.m.: Professional & service providers

6 – 8 p.m.: Caregivers & community members

Gwinnett Coalition of Health and Human Services
750 South Perry St, 2nd-floor conference room
Lawrenceville GA 30046

Monday, Sept. 9

1 – 4 p.m.: Professional & service providers

6 – 8 p.m.: Caregivers & community members 

Ray Meaders Community Center
6135 State Hwy 115 W
Clarkesville GA 30523

Thursday, Sept. 26 

1 – 4 p.m.: Professional & service providers

6 – 8 p.m.: Caregivers & community members 

United Way of Greater Atlanta
40 Courtland St
Atlanta, GA 30303

Friday, Sept. 27

9 a.m.–  noon.: Professional & service providers

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.: Caregivers & community members

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