Newsletter for Professionals Winter 2018


8th Annual Strengthening Families Georgia Training of the Trainer

Join over 250 already trained SFG trainers to help more professionals understand how to Strengthen Families!
Strengthening Families Georgia (SFG) will be offering a 2-day Training of Trainers (TOT) on  March 13-14, 2019  at the Mercer University Regional Academic Center in McDonough. Applications are due  February 8, 2019.  Upon successful completion of this 12-hour TOT trainers will be approved to provide 2-hour SFG trainings on all Five Protective Factors and the SFG Overview (6 trainings total for professionals).  For more information on eligibility requirements and participant commitments please see the application.
Space limited.  
Facilitated by Dr. Pat Minish, Chair, Strengthening Families Georgia

  Sesame Streets in Communities
Sesame Street in Communities offers resources, strategies, and support to parents, caregivers and community providers to help young children face difficult challenges and have positive social, physical and emotional development.  They tackle a variety of topics, from school readiness to building healthy habits to tough issues such as divorce and hunger. 

They recently created resources regarding  Family Homelessness , including several multi-media tools, fact sheets, workshops and articles that empower and help families build a sense of home and learn ways to cope.
Check out their past webinar on  Facebook Live and YouTube Live for an interactive conversation with a panel of expert providers from various sectors, all caring for families and children in transition. Learn how you can support families and hear from others dedicated to this work. 
Measuring Thriving Communities
United Way of Greater Atlanta's Child Well-Being Index

The single best indicator of a thriving community is when its children are flourishing and well. In Greater Atlanta nearly half a million children live in communities with low or very low child well-being which prompted United Way and dozens of community partners to develop the Child Well- Being (CWB) Index. The index is comprised of data from 14 child, family and community metrics to assess the strengths and needs across United Way's 13 county area.
United Way is committed to increasing Child Well-Being for 250,000 children over the next 10 years and raising our regional Child Well-Being score from 58.9 to 68.9.

To learn more about the Child-well Being Index, visit the United Way of Greater Atlanta website at To find out the score for your home, community or agency click on "Explore Your Score" and type in the zip code.

Looking to 2019
February is Parent Leadership Month

National Parent Leadership Month (February) is a time to give recognition and celebrate parents for all they do for their families and communities to promote child well-being. Involvement in Parent Leadership opportunities improves parents' self-esteem and gives a feeling of personal achievement. Newly learned knowledge and skills that Parent Leaders acquire can open new doors for employment through new personal relationships and networks.


The Georgia Department of Education and Department of Public Health's Home Visiting Network offer guides, tools, and ideas to help promote parent leadership and engagement within your organization.


Give parents the chance to thrive this February; join FRIENDS on January 9th at 2 pm for a webinar  on "Getting Ready for Parent Leadership Month". Learn more here.

New National Strengthening Families Website

The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) has migrated Strengthening Families resources to a new website over the past month!
Even more resources can be found by looking under Publications  and then sorting by Project for Strengthening Families.


Thank You and Happy Holidays!

SFG recently completed its 2017-18 funding year and it was a very productive one! We want to send our sincere thank yous to the SFG Leadership Team, the SFG Partnership and our SFG trainers for all their support and willingness to share their expertise in so many ways. We look forward to working with all of you in 2019!

Read the full list of 2017-2018 accomplishments

Strengthening Families Georgia (SFG) represents a multi-disciplinary partnership of nearly 50 national, state and local, and public and private organizations dedicated to embedding five research-based Protective Factors into services and supports for children and their families.

Parental Resilience
   Parents Can Bounce Back
Social Connections
   Parents Have Friends
Knowledge of Child Development
   Parents Know How Children Grow and Learn
Concrete Support in Times of Need
   Parents Know Where to Turn for Help
Social and Emotional Competence of Children
   Children Learn to Talk About and Handle Feelings
For more information on Strengthening Families Georgia contact Jeanette Meyer, Strengthening Families Georgia 
Statewide Coordinator:
or visit our website at


This project was supported in part by the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Children Services and 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 Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Children Services 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).