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

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.

DHS awarded grant to expand upon services to assist victims of abuse, neglect and exploitation

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Aging Services (DAS) received a grant award to assist vulnerable adults who have fallen victim to criminal maltreatment at the hands of their caregivers.

DHS commissioner announces new general counsel

ATLANTA – Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Robyn A. Crittenden announced changes to the Department’s senior leadership team today.

Local community programs recognized by state initiative

ATLANTA – A select group of local family-support programs from across Georgia were chosen to participate in the state child-welfare agency’s State of Hope initiative, the Division of Family & Children Service (DFCS) announced Friday. 

DHS Chief of Staff named to 2020 class of Leadership Cobb

ATLANTA – Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Chief of Staff Gerlda Hines has been named to the 2020 class of Leadership Cobb by the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, one of the most distinguished leadership programs in the state.

Georgia DHS recognized for innovative use of technology in human resources

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) was recognized by the premier professional community in human resources for their innovative use of technology in the successful implementation of a state-of-the-art applicant tracking system.

Outpouring of support for Baby India highlights need for awareness of prevention and permanency

ATLANTA – The responses from across the country – and even internationally – for an infant discovered in the North Georgia woods brings attention to the need for increased awareness regarding preventative services and for foster and adoptive parents for hundreds of other Georgia

DHS launches initiative to improve Georgians understanding of dementia, support of those living with the disease

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Aging Service (DAS) today launched a new initiative to help communities learn how they can become better friends, neighbors and relatives to people who live with dementia.
 

DFCS Director Rawlings announces senior leadership changes

ATLANTA – Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) Director Tom C. Rawlings announced changes to the Division’s senior leadership team today.

Family and Children Services Names Foster Caregivers of the Year

ATLANTA, GA – The Georgia Division of Family & Children Services honored several families as Foster Caregivers of the Year during an appreciation luncheon and awards ceremony on May 20 in Atlanta.

DFCS, UGA, GSU launch child-welfare project

ATLANTA – Georgia families are likely to receive greater assistance from child welfare case managers as a result of a new partnership announced Friday by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), the University of Georgia and Georgia State University.

DFCS Schedules Public Hearings on State Plans for Community Services Block Grant and Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

DFCS schedules Public Hearing on State Plan for Community Services Block Grant

The Georgia Division of Family & Children Services will hold a public hearing Wednesday, June 5, 2019 and Thursday, June 6, 2019 on the FY 2020 State Plan for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG).

DHS, Judge David K. Smith to host Parental Accountability Court kickoff celebration

ATLANTA — A partnership between the Georgia Department of Human Services and local courts to improve child well-being and lower incarceration rates among noncustodial fathers is expanding to the Cherokee Judicial Circuit.

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

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

DHS partnership seeks to improve understanding of dementia at community level

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Aging Services (DAS) has become the newest partner in a global effort to improve community-level understanding and responsiveness to the needs of people who have Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

DHS Commissioner Crittenden named to Leadership Council of American Public Human Services Association

ATLANTA – Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Robyn A. Crittenden has been appointed to a two-year term on the Leadership Council of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA).

DHS introduces interactive data on dhs.georgia.gov website

ATLANTA – As part of its ongoing commitment to open government and transparency, the Department of Human Services (DHS) has launched a new section of its website to provide information to the public about its services, Commissioner Robyn A. Crittenden announced today.

Department of Human Services to host 2nd Employer Symposium in Atlanta

ATLANTA — The Department of Human Services (DHS) is hosting its second Employer Symposium March 28 at the Marriott Atlanta Century Center.

Georgia announces Disaster TANF program in 20 counties

ATLANTA – Georgians hit hardest by Hurricane Michael can apply for assistance to support their families under a temporary program supported by the Administration for Children & Families (ACF) and the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS). DFCS will implement a Disas

DHS honors best employees statewide with 2nd annual Commissioner’s Staff Excellence Awards

ATLANTA – Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Robyn A. Crittenden has honored outstanding staff and team members with the second annual Commissioner’s Staff Excellence and Rookie Awards.

GA DFCS issues food stamp benefits on a staggered schedule in March 2019

ATLANTA – Ongoing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants can anticipate receiving two distributions during the month of March.  

DFCS Announces Community Initiative

ATLANTA – Building on the statewide momentum of the initial round of applications, the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) began accepting round two for potential State of Hope designated sites on February 5, 2019. Led by the Georgia DFCS and in partnership wi

DFCS issues monthly food stamp benefits early during partial federal government shutdown

ATLANTA – In an effort to ensure families receive the food they need while the federal government is in a partial shutdown, the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) has released the February allotment of food stamp benefits early to all Georgia residents. 

DHS notifies Fulton, DeKalb families of information shared with Empty Stocking Fund charity

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) has sent out nearly 350,000 letters to families in Fulton and DeKalb counties notifying them that some of their personal information was shared with a charitable organization without consent.

DFCS and Consulate General of Mexico enter into MOU to better serve families

ATLANTA, GA – The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) and the Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta entered into a formal agreement today to better serve Mexican minors and children of Mexican origin who are involved with Georgia’s child protection system.