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Winter 2017






Resources for Serving 
Children and Families
New Factsheet: Building Protective Factors with Materials and Resources from the National Fatherhood Initiative

The  Strengthening  Families protective factors are critical for all parents and caregivers. However, many child- and  family-serving programs struggle to reach fathers and other male caregivers. A new  Making the Link factsheet from The Center for the Study of Social Policy and National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) describes the importance of father engagement and how materials and resources from NFI support fathers to build each of the protective factors.
Tips for Tots

Looking for evidence-based strategies for supporting very young children to learn and grow? You may want to check out the Tips for Tots series. Each one-page document features a theme (e.g., Support with Transitions), information about what to expect and why, and strategies for supporting the emotional health and success of infants and toddlers.
Talk With Me Baby

Talk With Me Baby (TWMB) is a new collaborative between the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), the Marcus Autism Center, and the Georgia Children's Cabinet along with First Lady Mrs. Sandra Deal, and a variety of other partners, intended to encourage parents and guardians to talk more with their babies in the earliest stages of the child's development. 

The goal of the collaborative is to encourage rich language interactions between caregivers and infants which are critical for a child's social-emotional and vocabulary development. Vocabulary at the age of three is the single strongest predictor of a child's future literacy and educational success, which has important implications for health and economic outcomes. 

The TWMB Georgia website contains information for families, caregivers and professionals about why and how to talk to babies. 

Did  You Know?

Connecting with others is crucial for parents to find support and information. The SFG website has tips on connecting with others along with the SFG-developed Georgia resources list: Concrete Support in Times of Needs. Additionally you can find information on signing up for parent texting programs, the 1 -800-CHILDREN Helpline, child developmental education, and links to other organizations providing educational materials and tangible resources to parents. 

Parents, professionals and trainers can find valuable resources to help children and families thrive on the Strengthening Family Georgia website. Professionals and trainers have access to free materials, resource guides, printable posters and new innovative programs under the professionals tab. The latest events, conference and trainings are posted regularly on the homepage. 

Want Strengthening Families Georgia training for your staff on one of the 5 Protective Factors or an Overview? The newly added Trainer Map can help you identify an SFG trainer near you. New SFG trainers provide the training for free. Others may charge a training fee. Find out more at ....

Funding Information


"This project was supported in part by the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Children Services (DHS-DFCS) through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Community Based Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CFDA 93.590).  Points of view or opinions stated in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the DHS-DFCS or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Community Based Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CFDA 93.590)."

For more information on Strengthening Families Georgia contact Jeanette Meyer, Strengthening Families Georgia 
Statewide Coordinator:
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