Commissioner Broce Announces New Deputy Commissioner, State Programs & Human Resources

Breanna Thomas, who has served as the Department’s Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Operations since October, has been named Deputy Commissioner of State Programs & Human Resources.

Adoption-matching Pilot Launches in Georgia

Innovative technology connects families with children waiting for adoption.

Commissioner Broce Announces New DHS/DFCS Executive Leadership

Today, Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner and Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS) Director Candice L. Broce announced a new, joint DHS/DFCS Executive Leadership team.

Gov. Kemp appoints Broce new DHS Commissioner

Gov. Brian Kemp appointed current DHS Commissioner Gerlda B. Hines to serve as the State Accounting Officer and he appointed Candice L. Broce as Commissioner Hines’ replacement.

3 Georgia Area Agencies on Aging earn awards for health, senior nutrition and dementia initiatives

Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services announces that three of Georgia’s Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) recently received awards from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), the highest honor presented by n4a to member agencies.

DHS Commissioner Hines appoints Lena Richardson to Georgia Council on Aging

Department of Human Services Commissioner Gerlda B. Hines announced the appointment of Lena Richardson to the Georgia Council on Aging today.

Gov. Kemp appoints Hines new DHS Commissioner

Current Commissioner Robyn A. Crittenden was appointed last week to be Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Revenue. Hines has served as the DHS Chief of Staff since January 2019 and served as Interim Commissioner from November 2018 – January 2019.

Aging Services, Alzheimer’s Association call on Georgia to “go purple” for Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Aging Services and the Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association are calling on all Georgians to show support for their fellow Georgians living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias as the state observes Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.

McDonough child support office moves to new location

The Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) will serve Henry County residents from a new location beginning Monday, April 12.

DPH and DHS team up to help seniors get the COVID-19 vaccine

The Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Department of Public Health (DPH) are joining efforts to ensure vulnerable seniors get access to the COVID-19 vaccine. DPH, DHS and local Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) will be helping older adults to sign up for and coordinate transportation services to vaccination appointments across the state.

State child support office to educate teens, young adults about responsible parenting with grant funds

Georgia’s Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) received $890,401 to develop a program that provides education to teens and young adults about the financial, legal and emotional responsibilities of parenthood.

Aging services to use $4.6 million grant to provide home-delivered meals to vulnerable adults

Georgia’s Division of Aging Services (DAS) will use grant funding to offer home-delivered meals to vulnerable adults. The $4.6 million grant, awarded by the Administration for Community Living, will allow Georgia to serve many adults who may not have previously received the agency’s services, but who now need additional assistance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Georgia expands online and grocery delivery options for food stamp recipients

Instacart, the North American leader in online grocery delivery, and ALDI are partnering to provide greater access to low-income families that rely on public assistance when ordering groceries for same-day curbside pickup and delivery in Georgia. This takes place in partnership with ALDI at their 60+ stores statewide.

Georgia child support mobile app nets national award for excellence in experience

Georgia’s Child Support Services mobile app earned its fourth award and garnered national attention as a winner at this year’s 4th annual Government Experience Awards hosted by the Center for Digital Government.

National Adoption Month to Highlight Ways to Engage Youth Voice in Permanency Planning

This year, National Adoption Month's theme is "Engage Youth: Listen and Learn." The U.S. Children's Bureau and its partners will share resources on engaging youth to participate in their case planning. This empowering practice can improve outcomes and lead to greater opportunities for success in their lives.

Aging Services to use grant to boost nutrition programs, feed seniors in emergencies

In 2021, Georgia’s Division of Aging Services will revamp food programs in senior centers and provide nutrition services during emergencies using funds from a nutrition innovation grant awarded by the Administration for Community Living.

 

Free webinars help Medicare recipients select the best plan options

GeorgiaCares expands counseling services to web-based platform.

The Low‐Income Home Energy Assistance Program opens Nov. 2

Beginning Nov. 2, 2020 residents aged 65 and older or those who are medically homebound can apply for assistance through the Department’s LIHEAP. All other eligible residents may apply for assistance beginning Dec. 1, 2020. Funds are administered through local Community Action Agencies (CAAs) on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are exhausted.

Bleckley DFCS County Office receives a new building

Bleckley County Department of Family & Children Services (DFCS) has closed its doors at the previous location, 140 East Peacock Street, Cochran, GA 31014, and today, October 15, will be moving the office and all operations to 137 S. Sixth St., Cochran, GA 31014.

DHS notifies customers about breach of confidential information

ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) was the victim of a recent cyberattack in which hackers gained unauthorized access to certain employee email accounts. The attacks occurred between May 3, 2020, and May 15, 2020. DHS and the Georgia Technology Authority, the state agency responsible for Information Technology Enterprise Management, worked together to resolve the issue. After becoming aware of the attack, immediate actions were taken to lock any compromised accounts and block any malicious actors.

Barrow DFCS County Office receives a new building

Barrow County Department of Family & Children Services (DFCS) has closed its doors at the previous location, 16 Lee Street, Winder, GA 30680, and today, October 1, will be moving the office and all operations to 63 Lays Drive, Winder, GA 30680.

DFCS resumes processing program recertifications

Program recertification periods for Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS)  constituents, that were previously suspended due to COVID-19, have now resumed.

A vision for child and family well-being in Georgia

The Prevention and Community Support Section of the Georgia Division of Family & Children Services and Prevent Child Abuse Georgia has taken action to develop a statewide Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Plan. Since its last version 20 years ago, state agencies and organizations and various stakeholders, including state and local government leaders, community-based and human services providers, early childhood educators, parents, caregivers, and faith-based organizations, have developed a new vision for child and family well-being in Georgia.

Aging Services director tapped for national board

ADvancing States named Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Director of Aging Services Abby Cox to its Board of Directors beginning Sept. 1, 2020.

DFCS announces Pandemic EBT application date change

The Georgia Division of Family & Children Services announced today that it has changed the date of its previously announced application cycle for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer. The new submission deadline is September 18, 2020.