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.

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).

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.

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.

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.