February is National Parent Leadership Month, a time to recognize the vital role parents play within their homes and communities, and to encourage parents to take advantage of leadership opportunities. DHS’ Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS) honors parents for the invaluable efforts and sacrifices they make to create stronger families across the state.
This month highlights the opportunities available for parents through partnering with the child welfare system to educate others on the programs and services that support safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments. When parents contribute their expertise and experience, DFCS gains invaluable knowledge that is then used to improve policies to strengthen and support families.
To facilitate parent partnerships, DFCS formed the Georgia Parent Advisory Council (GAPAC).
The GAPAC was created to advise DFCS about changes needed within child welfare services and systems, particularly child abuse prevention programming. The council serves as a sounding board for decisions, ideas, and questions that help shape the future of DFCS. GAPAC is comprised of a diverse group of up to 16 parents from various communities who have a range of personal experiences within the child welfare system or success using community supports or services to strengthen their own families.
Since the creation of the GAPAC in June 2019, council members have been active participants in division meetings, child welfare conferences, presentations, focus groups, and provided guidance on agency projects that have improved the child welfare system.
For more information about the GAPAC and how to join, visit dfcs.georgia.gov/services/prevention-and-community-support-section/initiatives/georgia-parent-advisory-council.