Georgia social workers get unique safety app

ATLANTA – A specially designed phone app will give Georgia social workers a feeling of greater security when their job takes them to dangerous neighborhoods, state officials announced Monday.

Georgia DHS receives award for technology that strengthens workforce by streamlining personnel actions

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) has received an award for its innovation and successful implementation of a state-of-the-art applicant tracking system, which streamlines hiring and other personnel actions for Georgia’s largest state agency.
 

Georgia announces Disaster SNAP program in 20 counties

ATLANTA – Georgians hit hardest by Hurricane Michael can apply for assistance to feed their families under a temporary program supported by the USDA and the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS).

New signs identify locations as approved places for mothers to leave newborns

ATLANTA – The Georgia Board of Human Services has approved a rule change providing for the development and posting of signs indicate a medical facility or other authorized location is a designated “safe place” for a mother to leave her newborn.

GeorgiaCares Offers Free Assistance to Medicare Beneficiaries

ATLANTA – GeorgiaCares is determined that no Medicare beneficiaries in the state will be uncertain or confused about services offered by the federal and state health insurance program.

Need help paying for prescriptions?

ATLANTA – Five weeks remain for 1.5 million beneficiaries in Georgia to review health and drug plans during the Medicare Open Enrollment period, which continues through Dec. 7.

Georgia organizations spotlighted by state initiative

ATLANTA – A novel state initiative selected multiple organizations across the state for added support in their efforts to keep children safe, strengthen families, and spur community engagement.

DFCS interim director to host destination hope meeting in Griffin area

GRIFFIN – Local law enforcement, judges, foster parents, foster youth, legislators, media partners, faith-based organizations, agency staff and the public will all have the opportunity to meet with the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) leadership team early next wee

Georgia’s new benefits eligibility system receives national award for enhancing access to services

ATLANTA – Georgia’s new system for administering public benefits, Georgia Gateway, has received a national award by a national association of technology professionals, Department of Human Services Commissioner Robyn A. Crittenden announced Wednesday.

DFCS Director to discuss kinship caregiving

ATLANTA – Wednesday, the head of the state’s child-welfare agency will outline ways Georgia can do help grandparents, aunts, and other relatives caring for boys and girls whose parents aren’t able to.

SNAP benefits recipients approved to purchase ‘hot foods’ in the wake of Hurricane Michael

ATLANTA – Food stamp recipients in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Michael can now temporarily use their benefits to purchase prepared or “hot foods” from USDA approved retailers, Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) Interim Director Tom Rawlings announced Monday.

Georgia extends deadline for SNAP recipients to report food lost in Hurricane Michael

ATLANTA – Georgia residents who receive food stamps now have additional time to report food lost due to power outages during Hurricane Michael.

DFCS Director assesses storm’s impact on Food Stamps

Tom Rawlings, interim director of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, will meet with the media after touring Southwest Georgia to assess the impact of Hurricane Michael on recipients of Food Stamps and other benefits.

DFCS issues monthly food stamp benefits early to support residents affected by Hurricane Michael

ATLANTA – In an effort to help ease the burden of purchasing food for low-income families affected by Hurricane Michael, the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) has released the October allotment of food stamp benefits to all Georgia residents. 

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program will open Nov. 1

ATLANTA — The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), administered by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, will be available Nov. 1, 2018.

DFCS reunites children with mother across borders

ATLANTA – Three children are back with their mother, and a fourth will be reunited with her after recovering from an emergency treatment for appendicitis, thanks to efforts by the Division of Family and Children Services in collaboration with the Honduran Consulate.

GEEARS and State Partners Launch Build My Brain Course

Atlanta, GA - GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students announced today the launch of Build My Brain, a cross-disciplinary online course focused on the science and importance of early childhood development.

Registration period extended for Senior Hunger Summit in Columbus

ATLANTA – Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Robyn A. Crittenden has extended the registration deadline for Georgia’s third annual Senior Hunger Summit to Oct. 8. The summit will be Oct. 16-17 in Columbus.

Georgia organizations spotlighted by state initiative

ATLANTA – A novel state initiative selected several organizations across the state for added support for their efforts to keep children safe, strengthen families, and spur community engagement.

‘Start Right’: DHS teams with Georgia Public Libraries Saturday in statewide celebration of education, community spirit and service

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) and Georgia’s public libraries are ready to help students stay the course this school year.

Expo provides wide range of resources for local families

ATLANTA – Local families in need of assistance will soon have an opportunity to meet face to face with human service providers who specialize in workforce development, financial literacy, employment and education. 

Georgia’s new benefits eligibility system garners national attention as award finalist

ATLANTA – Georgia’s new system for administering public benefits, Georgia Gateway, is a finalist for an award by a national association of technology professionals, Department of Human Services Commissioner Robyn A. Crittenden announced Wednesday.

Updates to law on adoption advertising in Georgia take effect Sept. 1

ATLANTA – Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Robyn A. Crittenden wants to make the public aware of changes in requirements for advertising adoption services in Georgia, effective Sept. 1.

Georgia DHS receives national award for child support outreach program promoting parental accountability

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) on Tuesday received a national award for providing services to help parents overcome barriers in meeting their child support obligations through the Parental Accountability Court (PAC) program. 

DHS names Medical Director to oversee services for foster children in DFCS care

ATLANTA – Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Robyn A. Crittenden and Interim Director of the Division of Family and Children Services Tom Rawlings announced on Friday the hiring of Dr. Priyanka Patel as the department’s new medical director.