Georgia DFCS Virtually Celebrates Kinship Care Month this September

Across Georgia, 34% of children in care are in a kinship arrangement. A kinship arrangement consists of relatives and close family friends caring for children when their parents cannot care for them.

Stephens County DFCS announces temporary relocation

Stephens County Department of Family & Children Services (DFCS) will be closing its doors on Friday, Aug. 28. The previous location, 64 Boulevard, Suite 101 Toccoa, GA 30577, will temporarily relocate the office and all operations to Banks County DFCS located at 154 Windmill Farm Road, Homer, GA 30547.

Georgia local community programs enhanced by statewide initiative

Seventeen Georgia community organizations have been selected to receive technical assistance and funding from the Georgia Division of Family & Children Services through its State of Hope initiative.

The Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS) Names interim Director of Legislative Affairs and Communications

The Division of Family & Children Services recently named Kevin Harris as interim Legislative Director Legislative Affairs and Communications.

Madison County DFCS announces temporary relocation

Madison County Department of Family & Children Services (DFCS) will be closing its doors on Friday, July 31. The previous location, 306 W. Courthouse Square, Danielsville, GA 30633, will temporarily relocate the office and all operations to Elbert County DFCS located at 45 Forest Avenue Elberton, GA 30635.

Partner agencies provide pandemic assistance for 1.1M Georgia students

The Georgia Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS) partnered with the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) to provide food benefits to families with children who receive free or reduced school lunch. The Family First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 allows the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to facilitate the distribution of the Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT) to eligible students statewide.
 

Georgians impacted by COVID-19 to receive energy assistance

The CARES Act allows LIHEAP grantees to obligate any portion of these supplemental funds in FY 2020 and/or FY 2021. Eligible Georgia residents may apply for energy assistance through the Division of Family & Children Service’s LIHEAP.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING: DFCS State Plan for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

The Georgia Division of Family & Children Services will hold a virtual public hearing in July. The purpose of this upcoming meeting is to formally review the FY 2021 State Plan Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING: DFCS State Plan for Community Services Block Grant

The Georgia Division of Family & Children Services will hold a virtual public hearing in July. The purpose of this upcoming meeting is to formally review the FY 2021 State Plan for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG).

Agencies partner to help feed over 1.1M school aged children in the wake of COVID-19

The Georgia Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS) is partnering with the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) to provide food benefits to families with children who receive free and reduced lunch.

Georgia upgrades program to allow grocery delivery

Georgia is now one of 36 states that allows citizens who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to order groceries online.

Graduation Rates Soar for Youth in Foster Care

This Spring, a record number of Atlanta-area youth graduated high school.

Division of Aging Services to use $1.7 million grant to increase access to services and reduce social isolation

The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) will work to reduce social isolation for older adults and people with disabilities amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of a federal CARES Act grant.

Georgia DFCS Honors Foster Families Virtually This May

Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, DFCS will move forward with plans to honor foster families by launching digital initiatives to celebrate their efforts.

Georgia’s Aging Services leader to help provide “road map” to reopening nation’s aging and disability agencies

ADvancing States tapped Georgia Division of Aging Services Director Abby Cox this week to join a workgroup charged with designing a “road map” to reopen Older Americans Act programming across the nation following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Division of Child Support Services expands call center hours for customers

The Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) is expanding its call center business hours for customers who cannot be seen in person starting this week.
 

Georgia DFCS Staff Work on the Front Line During COVID-19 Pandemic

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, staff at the Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS) remain committed to protecting children and serving families across Georgia.

Canton child support office moves to new location March 30

The office at 2782 Marietta Highway, Suite 100, will close its doors permanently at the end of business today.

Low income, elderly and disabled Georgians will receive assistance with cooling their homes beginning on April 1, 2020

Eligible residents may apply for cooling assistance through the Division of Family& Children Service’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) beginning April 1, 2020.

DFCS Issues P-SNAP for March

Eligible Families throughout Georgia received additional food stamp benefits for March.

Georgia DOE/DFCS Partner to Encourage Families to Use Student Tablets to Access SNAP, Medicaid, or TANF Benefits

DOE/DFCS are partnering to encourage families with school-age children to use district-issued student devices to access online SNAP, Medicaid or TANF applications rather than visit the local county office.

DHS notifies Richmond County and surrounding areas of improper disposal of confidential files

The Georgia Department of Human Services has completed an investigation into an improper disposal of confidential case files.

DHS implements new office protocols in response to COVID-19

In alignment with Gov. Brian P. Kemp’s call to limit in-person contact across the state, the Department of Human Services is implementing new office protocols in response to COVID-19. Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, all DHS offices will encourage customers to use self-service options and telephonic communication as a primary means to conduct business. Individuals requiring in-person consultation will be seen by appointment only.

2020 State of Hope Application Now Open

Nonprofits, philanthropies, government, businesses, individuals and all interested parties can now apply to receive potential funding, technical assistance and community support from the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) State of Hope (SoH) initiative. 

Forsyth County DFCS announces new location

Forsyth County residents will now need to apply for all services at the new location –  6435 Shiloh Road, Suite C, Alpharetta, GA 30005.