Stories From Childhood
Judge Lawton Stephens
@ Piedmont College 4-6pm
Refreshments & Open House
@ Children First
Sat, August 22nd 9am-1pm
@HT Edwards Building
Aug 24th - 25th
Many Staff Members Out of Office
Mon, Sept 7th Labor Day OFFICE CLOSED
Thurs, Sept 10th 10am & 6pm
@ Children First
9am - 4:30pm
Prevent Child Abuse GA Conference
@ ATL Marriot Century Ctr REGISTER
Oct 21st - 23rd Georgia Conference on Children and Families @ Marriot Augusta REGISTER
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This summer, we once again held the Stories from Childhood Series. We were honored to hear from Dr. Deryl Bailey, Fenwick Broyard, Erica Hashimoto, Peggy Holcomb, and Dr. Wilma Hutcheson-Williams. Our final Stories from Childhood event will take place this Sunday, August 16th at 3pm at the Piedmont College Meeting House. We'll be hearing from Judge Lawton Stephens or Western Circuit Superior Court! Afterwards, join us for refreshments at the Children First Pope Street Cottage.
School Supplies Available for Children in Foster Care
We have had some generous donations of school supplies for children in need. Are you a CASA with a child in need of supplies for the new year? Do you know a family in need of school supplies? Please contact the office at email@example.com or 706-613-1922 to schedule a time to come pick some up!
CASA Fall Training Orientation Thurs 9/10 @ 10am and 6pm
We are currently recruiting for our Fall CASA Training Class. So far this year, we have trained 30 new CASA Child Advocates! But sadly, there are still many children in need of a voice. Join us for the Volunteer Orientation to find out more OR spread the word to others that might be interested. CASA Volunteers advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in our community. To find out more, visit www.athensoconeecasa.org . Classes for this session will take place on Thursdays 9/17 - 10/15/15. SafeCare Graduates See Expanding Futures
Four families have graduated from our SafeCare program this summer! Safe-Care is an in-home parenting education program for families at risk for abuse or neglect. Families meet with our home visitor once or twice a week to learn hands-on, practical skills covering three main topics: Parent-Child Interaction, Health, and Safety. Two of the families, whose children were in foster care, have made such progress that they have moved to unsupervised and weekend visitation. Another family, a teen mom with an infant, have moved to stable housing and mom is beginning to pursue her GED. The fourth family has seen great progress with their special needs infant, and an increased interest in school on the part of the older children. SafeCare has been shown nationally to reduce stress related to parenting, increase families' general enjoyment of one another, and reduce the risk for maltreatment. We are so glad that it is showing that here in our community, too. If you would like to support SafeCare, we are always in need of diapers (any size, but mostly 4-6), Child-Proofing Safety Kits, and Digital Thermometers!
We are pleased to announce that we have been granted renewed funding through Promoting Safe & Stable Families (PSSF) for our CASA, Family Time, and SafeCare programs.
We have also received continued funding from the Victim of Crime Act for our CASA Program. We are so grateful for these funding sources that allow us to provide services for families in need.
We need your support, too! If you are able to give, please click HERE to donate to Children First or you can send your donation to Children First, Inc. 693 North Pope Street, Athens, GA 30601.