Join our Community Collaborative
Please join us as we work together sharing information and services to help build
a strong, vibrant, healthy community.
COVID has made times so uncertain. The safety of our members is our first priority; therefore, we will let you know closer to February 2nd as to whether this meeting will be virtual only or virtual and face to face.
If you can't make it, we are happy to make announcements for you.
Contact Nancy Stites at nstites@dawsonfamilyconnection.org if you need more information.
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~Dawson County Family Connection News~
Reverse Advent Calendar SUCCESS!

We had such a wonderful outpouring of generosity in regards to our Reverse Advent Calendar in December. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a SUCCESS!  Thanks to you we will be able to help meet the basic needs of many within our community!
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--- Please feel free to contact us at 706-265-1981 if you have a client who could use any ---
of the items we have collected. Items include: new coats, hoodies, underwear, socks, gloves, beanie caps, laundry detergent, diapers, wipes, snacks and juice boxes.




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Thank you Dawson County Daisy Girl Scout Troop 10615 for collecting gently used coats for us to distribute to those in need! You are serving the Girl Scout promise well by "helping people at all times"! We are proud and appreciative of you!

Dawson County Family Connection has been nominated in the Dawson County News, "Best of" Award in  the category of
COMMUNITY-NON-POFIT

If you would like to cast your vote for
Dawson County's "Best Of"
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You can vote once daily!

ARE YOU A KINSHIP CARE GIVER...
who needs help navigating the system of support available to you? CLICK HERE to fill out a referral form and a Kinship Navigator will contact you to identify resources and services in your community.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN FOSTERING...
there are many children who are waiting for their forever family. Consider providing a loving home to a child in need by becoming a foster or adoptive parent. CLICK HERE to fill out an inquiry form to receive more information.
VIRTUAL IMPACT TRAINING CLASSES FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN FOSTERING
In order to become certified, prospective Foster or Adoptive parents are required to complete pre-service training, assessments and verifications. The certification process must be completed and the home approved for placement before DFCS can consider the home available for Foster or Adoptive placements. The overall purpose of this training is to prepare foster and adoptive families for the joys and challenges of those who are in the care of the Division of Family and Children Services. IMPACT is an acronym which stands for Initial Interest, Mutual Selection, Pre-Service Training, Assessment, Continuing Development and Trauma Informed Teamwork.  IMPACT classes will meet two days a week for three weeks or once a week for six weeks; participants must complete all classes in order to receive a certificate of completion.
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Prescription drug take-back boxes provide a place where unused or expired prescription drugs can be safely disposed and out of the hands of our children! Take your unused or expired medications TODAY and DISPOSE of them properly at the take-back box located in the
lobby of the Dawson County Sheriff's Office!
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Be the Key's January bulletin board is up at Dawson County Junior High School! Has your child seen the bulletin board while at school? According to the 2020 Youth Positive Social Norm Survey:
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91% of their peers feel it's wrong to drink alcohol! #BeTheKey

~Calendar~
~Collaborative Bulletin Board~

-New Meeting schedule as of 11/15/2020
-Statewide listing of January events
-NOW HIRING-Seeking Direct Care Staff for boys age
12-21
-Looking for interviewers to help prepare DCHS students for job interviews!
-Has openings available for children ages 3 &4. Please call Amber Byrd or Rita Pruett at 706-265-2980
-Now Hiring. For more information click HERE
-Information needed for clients who are wanting to apply for or check the status of their benefits
-January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month; the Dept. of Public Health offers pap smears to uninsured women.
-Coronavirus in Georgia-Updates and Resources
-Weekly food DELIVERY now available to shut-in residents of Dawson County! Contact  Christ Fellowship Church at 706-265-5564 for more information
-January Calendar
-LCA is currently accepting new students! 
-Application for Assistance
-Cancer screenings and smoking cessation sessions available!
-February volunteer training available!

Click on agency for more information
~Other News~
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How to Prioritize Your Mental Health In 2021
As 2020 comes to a close, many of the same challenges and obstacles you currently face will not magically go away. However, the beginning of a new year is synonymous with change and rebirth. Many people take this time as an opportunity to make significant lifestyle changes to put their health first. That also includes your mental health. Follow this link to read tips on how to prioritize your mental health now.
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Seven Steps For Making Your New Year Resolutions Stick
Creating new habits takes time and energy. A new behavior won't become automatic overnight, but you may enjoy some of its benefits fairly quickly. Also, as you start to take walks regularly or engage in stress-soothing practices frequently, you'll find you won't feel quite right if you stop. That's a great incentive to continue. So, keep nudging yourself in the direction you'd like to go. Try following these seven tips to help you create long-lasting change. 
**The Georgia COVID-19 Emotional Support Line provides free and confidential assistance to callers needing emotional support or resource information as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emotional Support Line is staffed by volunteers, including mental health professionals and others who have received training in crisis counseling. Hours of operation: 8 am - 11 pm. Call or text 866.399.8938.

 

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