Office of Prevention and Family Support

The Office of Prevention and Family Support (OPFS) works in partnership with community-based organizations committed to reducing the incidence of child abuse and neglect by targeting at-risk families with evidence-based prevention and early intervention techniques to ensure positive outcomes for children and families.

State and federal funding provides families throughout Georgia with services such as parenting courses, screening and identification tools, training opportunities, high-quality home visitation and primary, secondary, and tertiary maltreatment prevention that helps local communities promote the overall health and well-being of Georgia's children, youth and families.

OPFS Goals:

Health care, parenting programs, employment and housing are all important to maintaining healthy families. The goal of family support is to help parents create safe, stable and nurturing home environments that promote the safety of all family members and healthy child development. Moreover, support services improve the well-being of families, enhance family functioning, and foster a sense of self-reliance. Providing family support services to families and preventing problems before they become crises is the most effective and economical way to help vulnerable families.

The goals of the Office of Prevention and Family Support are: (1) to support community-based efforts to develop, operate, expand and enhance targeted projects and initiatives aimed at improving outcomes for children and families; and (2) to support networks of coordinated resources and activities to strengthen and support families. The division’s focus is building capacity by providing grant funding, training, and technical assistance to community-based primary and secondary child maltreatment prevention activities.

The Office of Prevention and Family Support within the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services promotes the health, safety and wellness of Georgia’s children and families by:

  • Developing and enhancing community-based projects and prevention strategies which provide primary and secondary prevention programs for families to prevent child abuse and neglect
  • Developing and maintaining state and local interagency collaborative efforts through systems integration and systems change aimed at improving outcomes for families and communities.
  • Assisting parents in gaining the knowledge, skills, and opportunity to shape policy, programs and services that impact families;
  • Engaging all sectors of the community in child abuse prevention programs and activities
  • Reduce adolescent sexual activity, pregnancies, births, repeat births, and sexually transmitted diseases and infections.
  • Increasing the use of abstinence education as the best health message for adolescents by initiating after-school, school-based, or community-based positive youth development programs.
  • Managing Georgia’s Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program (PSSF) federal child welfare funding to develop and establish, or expand, and to operate coordinated programs of community-based family support services, family preservation services, time-limited family reunification services, and adoption promotion and support services.

OPFS Support Staff:

  • Serve as fiscal stewards of federal child abuse and prevention funds.
  • Develop, manage, and monitor Georgia’s statewide child abuse and prevention program and the Georgia State Plan for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.
  • Provide training and technical assistance to community partners to build capacity and serve as statewide experts on child abuse and neglect prevention issues.
  • Administers the Title V State Abstinence Education Grant Program, which is funded by state funds from the Georgia General Assembly and federal funds from the Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau.

Annual Funding Opportunity Announcement
For Georgia Non-Profit and Public Entities ONLY
FFY2018 Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program

DFCS Statement of Need
Georgia Division of Family and Children Services is pleased to announce the release date of a funding opportunity for family-serving, non-profit agencies and public entities through its Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) program.  PSSF provides funding for community-based services to children and families who may be at risk for child abuse and neglect or have had confirmed reports of child abuse and neglect and are involved with the state’s child welfare agency. 

PSSF Statement of Need (SoN) Release: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Statement of Need detailing application guidelines, proposal, and contract requirements for FFY2018 will be posted and available for download at under the Funding Opportunities tab. 
Mandatory Bidders Meeting: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
10:00am - 1:00pm
Q&A Session to follow 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA  30339
All agencies interested in submitting a proposal for FFY2018 PSSF funding MUST send a representative to the Bidders Meeting. Applicants are required to submit proposals electronically. Usernames and passwords used to upload proposals will only be available at the Bidders Meeting.
Technical Assistance:  March 28 – April 7, 2017
Information on requesting technical assistance will be included in the SoN document and communicated at the Bidders Meeting.
Submission Deadline: Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 12:00 NOON EDT
Proposals must be submitted electronically, as directed in SoN, and received in their entirety by the deadline.
Contract Period: October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018