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 nstites@dawsonfamilyconnection.org if you need more information.
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Our next VIRTUAL meeting will be June 2 , 2020
Click HERE for May 5th VIRTUAL meeting notes
~ Dawson  County Family Connection News ~
There is a worry that families who were on track to become foster families BEFORE the pandemic outbreak, because of loss of job or other circumstances, may NOT be eligible to become a foster family AFTER the pandemic. Unfortunately, there is also a worry that  the need for these foster families will increase as availability decreases. PLEASE, if you have ever considered being a foster family or know someone who has...CALL BLAKE BOYER at 706-525-1130 for information TODAY!

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WE NEED YOU! Please take our short 3 minute survey! We want to know your opinion on our underage drinking prevention campaign in Dawson County. Every response helps!

Click HERE to take the survey or visit
Unfortunately, one of the MANY negatives associated with COVID-19 is that Dawson County Family Connection will have to cancel our annual Celebrity Waiter Fundraiser. We are very sad as we always enjoy this once a year opportunity to "break bread" and catch up with the community while raising money for a good cause.
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We would like show our support to Ms. Jillian Gray, Managing Partner of the Longhorn's in Dawsonville during these very trying times. Jill has always opened her doors to us (and you) in a great show of hospitality, donating her restaurant space and staff time to consistently help make Celebrity Waiter a HUGE SUCCESS. We will miss you Jill and all that is associated with Celebrity Waiter this year...but we have  high hopes for seeing you next year!
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Join us and  #BeTheKey  for youth in Dawson County!
Text PREVENT to 474747 to get weekly messages with information, resources, and insight into preventing underage drinking, drug use and vaping!


CHALLENGE for the youth of Dawson County!

What's your "why" for not doing drugs, vaping, or drinking alcohol?

Is it to be able to run a marathon?

To be a good role model?

A general commitment to good health?

 

Post a video or picture of your "why" on Facebook, Instagram or TikTok! It can be funny, silly, serious, etc. We just want to see YOU and inspire others to do the same.
Be sure to use the hashtag  #MyWhyChallenge. Together, we can  #BeTheKey!
~Calendar ~
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                    for older Adults
                    Recognition (Region 2-Dawson County)
05/22/2020-Last day of School
05/22/2020-Last day of School Lunch Deliveries*
                   (*see info for summer feeding program below)
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06/05/2020-Movies in the Park
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Click on underlined events to learn more
~Collaborative Bulletin Board ~

-Free or low cost health plans
-Reopening Information For the latest news, e
-Summer Activities List orget Me Not Club arch 
-VIRTUAL Clubhouse Opportunity for ALL kids!
-CARES ACT information IRING!
-Do you know of a child in need of a bed?   efits Scr
-FREE BOOKS for pre-school children 

Click on agency for more information
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION
Kindergarten Online Registration for the 2020-2021 school year opened on Monday, 04/13/20. 
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Click HERE for details
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      For more information contact:
Patricia Yaegle
(706) 265-3246 Ext. 1035
patricia.yaegle@dawson.k12.ga.us

SCHOOL IMMUNIZATIONS
Before starting the 2020-2021 school year: ALL students entering or transferring into the 7th grade will need proof of a Tdap booster shot
CLICK HERE for information
ALL students entering or transferring into the 11th grade will need proof of a meningococcal booster shot (MCV4).
CLICK HERE for information 
SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM
Free meals served weekdays
JUNE 1st-JULY 24th
11:30 am-12:30pm
at Rock Creek Park 06/01-07/15
(no meals the week of July 4th)
at DCJH 07/20-07/24
For more information contact:
Linda Byrd
706-265-3246 Ext. 1008
lbyrd@dawson.k12.ga.us
~Other News ~
DAWSON COUNTY HAS BEEN SLOW TO COMPLETE CENSUS INFORMATION:
The 2020 Census will provide a snapshot of our nation-who we are, where we live, and so much more.  The results of this once-a-decade count determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. They are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.  Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children.  The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.

Please complete your form online, by phone, or by mail when your invitation to respond arrives. Visit  my2020census.gov  to begin!

2020 Census: What is the census?
2020 Census: What is the census?
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MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH:
You are invited to take Mental Health America's online screening snapshot of your mental health. If your results indicate you may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness, consider sharing your results with someone. A mental health provider (such as a doctor or a therapist) can give you a full assessment and talk to you about options for how to feel better.

TAKE A FREE MENTAL HEALTH TEST HEREhttps://screening.mhanational.org/screening-tools


~COVID-19 News/Resources ~
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Dawson County Emergency Services and the National Guard in partnership with Augusta Health established a specimen collection site at Rock Creek Park.
 
If you or anyone in your family are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and would like to be tested at the Rock Creek Park facility, please pre-register for an appointment and set-up your account to receive your test results at: https://www.augustahealth.org/make-an-appointment/request-appointment
 
The collection site will be open from 10 AM - 2 PM 7 days a week.  Please note that days and times will vary depending on the number of appointments that have pre-registered as well as the number of test kits that they site has received.  For the most up-to-date information on days and hours of operation, please check the Dawson County Fire & Emergency Services and Dawson County Government Facebook pages.


The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) has established a new priority group for Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS): The Essential Services Workforce, to help "front line" workers pay for child care during the current crisis. The priority group consists of two tiers.  The tier one group includes:
Families working in these areas can apply for scholarships that will cover a three month period which will be extended as long as the state of emergency is in in place. ( Please note that families must meet the CAPS income eligibility requirements in order to be eligible. Families can find eligibility requirements and other details as well as the application at  www.qualityrated.org .) 
 
For more information, go to the Essential Services Workforce priority group document on the CAPS website update page at  https://caps.decal.ga.gov/en/UpdatesIf families have questions, please ask them to contact the CAPS office at
1-833-4GA-CAPS (1-833-442-2277).
Building Resilience in Troubled Times:
A Guide for Parents

Families are under a kind of stress most of us have
never experienced before. Maybe you felt that your
family was thriving before the coronavirus pandemic.
Maybe you were already struggling to pay the bills or
faced other challenges. No matter where we started,
our current concerns about health, income, taking care
of children while schools and childcare are closed, and
other stressors brought on by the pandemic means that
almost all of us can use some extra support right now.
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See full guide HERE

Dawson County Family Connection has created four newsletters over the past months in response to COVID-19. These newsletters are full of resources, most still very pertinent and useful today. Please keep in mind though, that much like the information regarding COVID-19 changes on a daily basis, some of the resources listed (even though shared only a couple of weeks ago) may already have changed too. 



DAWSON COUNTY KIDS
AND STUDENTS
CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, SUBSTANCE ABUSE
MANAGING STRESS, ANXIETY & COPING, SUICIDE PREVENTION

 

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