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Susie Winnett of Teach One, Reach One will be teaching parents communication skills, self care techniques and will provide additional parenting skills that anyone can use. Workshop will be held at the Agape office, 3094 Mercer University Dr., Atlanta, GA 30341. Our phone number is (770) 452-9995. Click here for more info.
May Is National Foster Care Month!
Although we love and appreciate our foster parents year-round, May is officially National Foster Care Month! This holiday, started in 1988, is an opportunity to celebrate and thank God for the opportunity to do the work that we do. There are nearly 15,000 children in foster care in Georgia and Georgia Agape is blessed to be able to take care of a portion of them. These children are experiencing trauma and our job is to provide trauma-informed care to each and every one that we serve.
Recognizing foster care means recognizing the many people who play a role in caring for those children who have experienced abuse and neglect. Georgia Agape trains foster parents to care for these children, but we are also involved with their birth families, Division of Children and Family Services staff, CASA workers, the child’s Guardian Ad Litem, Judges, Citizen’s Panels and several others. It is truly a complex system or “village” in place to care for these children.
As we identify the many people who are involved in a family’s foster care case, it is also important to recognize the many foster parents who are there day in and day out, acting as temporary caregivers for these children until they are able to be reunified with their families. We recognize that there are families that are hurting and it is our responsibility to do what we can to support them until they are able to function and care for their children with minimal support.
It is our duty and responsibility to ensure that no child experiences abuse and neglect. This is not only for those of us who work in the Child Welfare field. We all can do something to decrease the impact of childhood trauma that is so prevalent in millions of children around the world. We want to help these children become healthy, functional adults who thrive in spite of their histories of trauma. If this sounds like a lofty goal, it's because it is. It is indeed a lofty, but attainable, goal. Meeting this goal takes dedicated and committed adults to recognize the signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect, including, but not limited to:
- Unexplained marks, bites, burns, bruises, etc.
- Frequently absent from school
- Easily startled or frightened
- Behavioral acting out
- Poor hygiene
- Lack of medical or dental care
In addition to identifying these symptoms, it is also important to know what to do once these symptoms have been identified. As Mandated Reporters, those of us in the Child Welfare field are trained to recognize these signs and take action as necessary. You have an opportunity to engage in a discussion about what you can do to care for children with these complex trauma histories. Find more valuable information and resources at: https://www.childwelfare.gov/
April 15 - Spartan Stadium on the Greater Atlanta Christian School campus. Registration begins at 1:30pm.
We are hoping the rain will miss us, but just in case, there are bleachers at the stadium that provide a perfect cover (when not running). The stadium has a very sensitive lightning alarm system that will sound in the event there is a hint of lightning, in which case the event will end immediately. SAFETY FIRST!
Thank you for participating and supporting the families and children we serve.