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.
As the clock struck midnight on Monday, March 8, another long and arduous crossover day in the Georgia General Assembly came to a close.
Crossover Day is the deadline for a bill to pass from its origin chamber (the house or the senate) in order to be considered by (and “crossed over” to) the other chamber for that year’s legislative session. Essentially, if a bill doesn’t pass during crossover day, it doesn’t have the chance to become a law that year.
Though crossover day is filled with numerous proposed bills, here are the ones that made it (and some that didn’t) that may be of particular interest.
Bills That Passed
Bills that Didn't Pass
The journey for the bills that passed isn’t over yet, given that they now need to pass through the other chamber before they can be signed into law by the governor. Through the dedication and work of advocacy organizations, lawmakers, and other stakeholders, we hope to see by March 31, a future that includes these bills and the opportunities that will come with their provisions being passed.
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