The mission of CFI is to make sure that all children now residing in congregate facilities are supported to live with permanent loving families and that in the future no child will be institutionalized. There are over 50 years of research demonstrating that institutions are bad places for children (and adults). We know that without the influence of stable and supportive families, children often experience delays in physical, emotional, and social development and are at greater risk for abuse, and neglect. We also know that, to achieve the CFI goal, families need respite, behavioral and medical supports. Although there is much work yet to do, CFI has experienced major successes. As of June 30, 2012, there were no children in state institutions in Georgia! CFI efforts now focus on children residing in nursing homes, a private institution, and other facilities.

The CFI is supported by the Georgia Developmental Disabilities Network, which receives funding from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, and includes:

  • The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD)
  • the Institute on Human Development and Disability at the University of Georgia (IHDD)
  • The Georgia Advocacy Office (GAO), and the Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University (CLD)

Learn more by contacting us at ihdd@uga.edu and visiting the CFI website here.


Take a Look at Me Portfolio

The Take A Look At Me™ and the Welcome to My World™ Sibling Portfolio are interactive portfolios designed to engage individuals and/or family members as they identify their own and/or their child’s strengths, interests and preferences. Through a series of open-ended questions with space for photos and artwork, this dynamic tool illuminates an individual's unique sense of self, and empowers individuals and families to reflect upon their hopes and dreams. Learn more by contacting us at ihdd@uga.edu and visiting the project’s website here.


Welcome to My World Sibiling Portfolio

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AgTeen - Farming is one of the most deadly jobs in the United States. For young workers, it accounted for 42 percent of all work-related deaths between 1992 and 2000, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. More than 100 children are killed and 26,000 seriously injured in U.S. farm related accidents each year. Injury and death rates in the Southern region of the U.S. are particularly high. Forty percent of farm youth fatalities and thirty percent of youth injuries reported nationwide are in this region. Research is needed to find effective ways to decrease these numbers. AgTeen began as a three-year research study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). A lot of work has been done focusing on training youth on farm safety topics. This has been done through farm safety camps and other trainings. However, very little research had been done looking at what happens when parents and youth working together on the farm safety issues. The AgTeen project examined this important family dynamic and results indicated farm safety for youth is greatly increased when the primary farmer takes an active role in teaching and modeling same farm practices. Learn more by contacting Dr. Hamida Jinnah at ihdd@uga.edu.


Power of Stores

Storytelling – IHDD has a long and rich history of sharing stories. We also teach workshops that assist advocates and self-advocates to tell their own stories.  Please visit our resource page to see some of the projects that we have available. You can also view many of our stories at our YouTube page.


Family Research

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