We are promoting the safety and well-being of youth and families in Northeast Georgia.

A pivotal element in primary preventation (efforts designed to head-off problems before they occur) and secondary prevention (taking steps to effectively deal with problems and challenges that have already occured) involves community engagement. Through a broad array of community-centered strategies, we are leveraging existing resources to build community support and engagement in order to increase access of HMRE to families across DFCS Region V. This includes serving:

Expectant and new parents

Many new parents experience increases in relationship conflict, declines in relationship quality and symptoms of depression, resulting in decreased parenting quality. Home visitation services meet the basic needs of at-risk families by providing age-appropriate parenting information and resources. This project will explore how the integration of HMRE into home visitation services can help reduce the risk for neglect/abuse.

Kinship caregivers and foster parents

When children are removed from their families because of neglect/abuse, they need quality temporary out-of-home care during this time of crisis from supportive caregivers. The unique stressors these relative and foster parent caregivers experience can negatively impact couple and family functioning which may impede permenancy, safety, and stability outcomes for children. This project will offer HMRE services to support these caregivers to manage the stress on their couple relationship.

Re-unified families

The ultimate goal of child welfare services is to reunite children with their biological parent(s). However, not all reunifications are successful: nearly 20% of youth re-enter foster care, and 75% do so within 12 months. Ongoing, family-centered services during the reconnecting process that include both parents can enhance family stability, safety, and permancy. This project will examine how HMRE services can lead to youth's reduced risk for re-entry into foster care.