DFCS Managers Academy to be Held at Calloway Gardens, November 9 & 10

PINE MOUNTAIN, (GA) - The Georgia Department of Human Resources' Division of Family and Children Services will hold the first of three management academies designed to improve safety and well-being outcomes for families who come in contact with DFCS. The DFCS Managers Academy, "Managing for Outcomes and Re-Engineering Child Safety and Well Being", will allow DFCS managers to take a firsthand look at data and other information used by the Group of Nine (G9) Directors during the past year. The G9 is comprised of managers from DFCS offices in nine metro Atlanta counties. Those managers saw their caseloads drop by 14 percent (or about 3000) caseloads. DHR Commissioner B.J. Walker and the DFCS Management Team developed the academy as a means of sharing that information with DFCS offices and managers statewide.

"Our most important mission is re-engineering safety for children," said DHR Commissioner B.J. Walker. "We aim to provide a safety net for neglected children whenever possible. We provide resources to obtain food, shelter, clothing, and healthcare and we monitor households where there are allegations and incidents of abuse and neglect. Children are often at risk because their parents are not, cannot, or will not provide these resources.

One of the commissioner's main goals is in helping DFCS managers develop better ways of serving abused and neglected children once they come into the system. The academy will introduce mangers to new ways of assessing future child safety risks within those families and will ultimately show them how to improve outcomes.

"The managers attending this academy represent every county in this state. This training is an important first step in helping DFCS distinguish Georgia as a leader and innovator in child welfare," said Walker.

Approximately 300 DFCS managers will attend the DFCS Academy. The invitees will include county directors, deputy directors, program directors, and field directors who either work in the child protective services or family independence services section of the division.

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