Fri, November 14th
Charity Chili Cook-off
5PM @ Creature Comfort
271 W Hancock Ave, Downtown Athens
$10 for Chili
$22 for Chili and Beer
Mon, November 17th
CASA Swearing In
5:30 @ Athens First Methodist Church
327 N Lumpin, Athens
Tues-Thurs, Nov 18-20th
GA Conference on Families and Children
HIlton Atlanta Marietta Hotel
500 Powder Springs St, Marietta 30064
Wed, November 19th
Wed, December 17th
Wed, January 21st
Fostering and Adopting Orientations
6PM @ Athens Area DFCS
284 North Ave, Athens
Thurs-Fri, Nov 27-28th
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On Friday, November 14th, Children First will be competing in the 5th Annual Charity Chili Cook-Off sponsored by the Athens Area Human Society! This year, the event will be held at Creature Comfort, the new brewery located in downtown Athens. Tickets to the event are $22 and include chili taste testing and Creature Comfort beer from a souvenir glass. If you are into just trying some chili, tickets are only $10. This event is both children and pet friendly! So come on down for some great tasting chilies from some great local agencies. If you want an early ticket and avoid the lines, call 706-705-2247
November is Adoption Month
November is National Adoption Month! This year's theme and main focus is on promoting and supporting sibling connections. For many people, siblings provide the longest relationship in life. Research shows just how important that bond is for children in foster care and those who go on to adoption. States across the union are doing their best to keep siblings together in these systems. As we observe this month, we are focusing on sibling bonds as a way to build a stronger, happier family. To read more about this initiative or to learn more about adoption, click here to go to the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Events, New and Old
Fostering and Adopting Orientation: In the coming months, Brigette Love of DFCS will be hosting orientation and resource development for parents thinking about fostering and adopting. This is a great resource for people to talk with an expert! These events will happen on the third Wednesday for the next few months. The next orientation is November 19th. These meetings will be held in Athens DFCS office in Conference Room A.
Kappa Alpha Theta BBQ Bash: Thank you so much for all that attended the Theta Boots and BBQ benefiting Court Appoint Special Advocates! Here are some pictures from the event:
A Note from the Director
2014 may go down as a record year in Clarke and Oconee Counties, but not in a good way. Since January 1st, the number of children in Foster Care from our two counties has increased by nearly 70%. With over 200 children in Foster Care in our service area, Athens-Oconee CASA is in dire need of more volunteers. With that in mind, we have increased our staff and are working to build our volunteer ranks to 100 by the end of calendar year 2015.
As a part of this initiative, we need your help. If you are willing to host Susie Weller or me, Tony Waller, at your house of worship, civic group, book club, or have other ideas for us to reach out to potential volunteers, please let us know.