Join our Community Collaborative
Please join us as we work together sharing information and services to help build
a strong, vibrant, healthy community.
For the safety of our members, we will continue to hold meetings VIRTUALLY.
We will send out ZOOM meeting information the week before scheduled meeting.
If you can't make it, we are happy to make announcements for you.
Contact Nancy Stites at if you need more information.
Our next VIRTUAL meeting will be September 1, 2020
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See Something, Say Something
Report Suspected
Child Abuse & Neglect
Questions to expect when making a CPS referral-When making a CPS referral, the following information will be requested, and this information is critical to ensuring we are able to respond appropriately to reports of suspected child maltreatment.
  • What are your specific concerns about the child(ren)?
  • Has something happened to the child(ren)? If so, please explain what happened.
  • When and where did the incident occur and who was involved?
  • Was an object used? If so, what type of object?
  • How serious is the harm to the child(ren)?
  • What was going on with the family before, during and after the specific event of child maltreatment you are concerned about?
  • Where were the children at the time and where are they now?
  • What did the child(ren) say happened?
  • What is the caregiver's explanation?
  • How did you find out about this specific event of child maltreatment?
  • Do you have an ongoing concern for the child(ren)?
  • Has this specific concern, or any other concerns about the child(ren), come to your attention previously? If so, please provide an explanation of prior concerns you have.
  • Were the police called? If so, please provide the officer's name.

Join the movement to break the silence and end abuse and neglect. In case of an emergency, please call 911. DFCS will be available and accessible to the community continuously 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via a centralized intake call center which may be contacted by calling 1-855-422-4453.


Free Online Stewards of Children Training Available
We often develop strategies that help to prevent child sexual abuse under our existing circumstances. But what happens if those circumstances change?
We need to be prepared to continue protecting kids to the best of our ability under any circumstances. The Protecting Children During a Crisis online training is designed to help you navigate through the unusual circumstances you might face during times of crisis. This change is any situation where you need to modify the steps you take to protect your children because of a situation that is out of your control. This training will help you consider your current strategies, help you identify the new situation, and help you change your strategy.

Click HERE to get trained for FREE!

Addressing The Challenges of Poverty
September 21-22, 2020
Addressing the Challenges of Poverty brings together all sectors of a community in one venue for networking and learning in order to create healthier, stronger communities, colleges, and schools.
This practitioners' conference showcases best strategies and champions who are successful implementing the core aha! Process strategies as exemplified in the Bridges model and in communities, organizations, and individuals who use the work. This annual event focuses on bringing all parts of a community together to build sustainability in all sectors: schools, criminal justice, higher education, businesses, health care, and more. It is time for us to join forces. Learn how to move your mission forward. Network with others facing challenges similar to yours. Learn from experienced practitioners. You can choose from a range of session strands depending on your interest.

The Georgia Family Connection Virtual Conference 2020 will feature rich content that reflects this moment in history and these unprecedented circumstances. Partners in critical sectors across the state will share their work, their pandemic response, and how to address systemic racism and inequities.
What can you expect from a fully online format?
A high-quality lineup of inspiring content from expert presenters
The opportunity to learn about innovative ideas for improving outcomes in your community
A rich, interactive experience that allows you to reflect and connect with peers across the state
Essentially, it's much like our face-to-face conference, but you can connect to it from your home or office. All you need is a computer and internet connection.
Please join us for this re-imagined event and celebrate our collective resilience and dedication to our most vulnerable neighbors.

~Collaborative Bulletin Board~

-Back in full swing!
-Minor Home Repairs or Handicap Ramp Build
-Job Opportunity!
-August Calendar
-Accepting new students for VIRTUAL learning
-UPDATED CARES Energy Assistance information
-NEW live chat feature!
-Do you know of a child in need of a bed?
-VIRTUAL Career Coach

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Ninth District Opportunity
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Empty Bowl Lunch
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24th Annual Golf Tournament
Chestatee Golf Club
Registration starts at 8:30am
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Revenuers Run
Rock Creek Park
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~Other News~
Life Can Be Stressful
You may feel stressed about performance at school, traumatic events (such as a pandemic, natural disaster, or act of violence), or a life change. Everyone feels stress from time to time.
What is stress? Stress is the physical or mental response to an external cause, such as having a lot of homework or having an illness. A stressor may be a one-time or short-term occurrence, or it can happen repeatedly over a long time.
What is anxiety? Anxiety is your body's reaction to stress and can occur even if there is no current threat. If that anxiety doesn't go away and begins to interfere with your life, it could affect your health. You could experience problems with sleeping, or with your immune, digestive, cardiovascular, and reproductive systems. You also may be at higher risk for developing a mental illness such as an anxiety disorder or depression. More information about anxiety disorders is available at


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