With the arrival of June comes the beginning of #NationalReunificationMonth.
How fitting is it that we get to share our elation at one of our own, Audey Lee, being named a "Champion of Blueprint for Family First" by the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services for their work as a SafeCare Home Visitor!
Through their work at SafeCare, Audey has shown time and time again dedication to family preservation and reunification when at all possible. With Georgia's newest Blueprint for Family First initiative, it only makes sense that someone as devoted as Audey would be named a champion. Because of individuals like Audey, more children will be able to safely live and grow up at home - and we couldn't be more proud to have them on our team!
Below is the video that features Audey and their work at Children First. We hope you'll take the time to watch it!
We are so excited to welcome two new staff members to our family here at Children First!
Brittany Siewe and Courtney Thurston are joining the team as CASA Advocacy Coordinators and we can't wait to see what their individual passions and expertise bring to our CASA program.
Get to know Brittany and Courtney a little bit below:
Brittany is passionate about making advances in racial, social, and economic equity. Prior to joining Children's First, she was involved in fields focused on advocacy and social justice, including serving as an Election Fellow with RESULTS Educational Fund where she educated members of Congress on key RESULTS global policy issues, including maternal and child health, and access to education. Brittany holds a B.A. from Hampton University, and a J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. When she isn't working, Brittany enjoys traveling, volunteering and spending time with her husband.
Courtney is driven by the desire to give parents, caregivers & communities all the tools and support necessary in order to provide children with the opportunity to thrive in healthy and positive environments.
Courtney has a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Florida and a Master's of Social Work from UGA and has worked in the field of Child Welfare in various capacities, including Operations & Therapeutic Caregiving at the Child Abuse Prevention Center in San Francisco, an MSW internship with the CEASE law clinic in Athens, as well as Foster care case management with Barrow DFCS. Outside of work, Courtney finds joy in music, being outdoors, traveling, exploring new places and spending time with loved ones.
We hope you'll join us in giving a warm welcome to these two brilliant women! Happy to have you joining the family, Brittany and Courtney!
The weather is getting warmer, and with warmer weather comes our kids’ desire to go outside! With COVID-19 still being a concern, we are all looking for things to do that are safe, cost-effective, AND (most importantly) fun! This list compiles some things that we think are exactly what your child (and let’s be real, your inner-child!) need.
Whether or not you visit any of the places on this list, we hope you have fun! Bonding with your child and having these new experiences with them is an integral part of their growth, and we know that you are doing your best, whichever way you are doing so.
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