Grant Offers Juvenile Court Drug Training Program

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, The U.S. Department of Justice, and the Office of Justice Programs offers the 2011 Best Practices for Juvenile Courts Training Grant. The objective is for  juvenile drug courts to better serve kids who are involved in substance abuse, co-occurring substance abuse, and mental health trauma. This will be accomplished by using the Sixteen Strategies of Effective Juvenile Drug Courts as a framework to help build competency, performance and the capacity of the juvenile drug courts nationwide.  The Deadline for this is June 6, 2011 @ 11: 59 EST.

Agencies Collaborate To Help Child Immigrants

Collaboration — how social service agencies and non-profits can do it more effectively — was the prevailing theme Thursday at a U.S. Immigration Services (USIS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) hosted training seminar aimed at helping to better protect endangered immigrant children. Georgia Division of Family Services employees, immigrant children advocates, social workers, community volunteers and others who work with immigrant children, came together for the three-hour session held at the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services offices near Northlake Mall. Organizers say the objective was to bring together representatives from local, state and federal agencies, along with non-profit organizations, to provide information and technical assistance. The goal was to inform staffers how to identify and assist abused documented and undocumented immigrant children who are victimized, neglected or abandoned. “It was an idea that was brought to us by DFACS (Department of Children And Family Services),” explains USIS District Director Denise Frazier.

Training: Special Visas for Kids

The U.S. Immigration Services and Homeland Security will present a special training seminar for Georgia Division of Family Services employees, immigrant children advocates, social workers, community volunteers, and others who work with immigrant children.  Immigrant children who have been abused, neglected, victimized, or abandoned may have humanitarian visa options available that may help these children regain stability, safety, and permanency.  This seminar will provide the technical knowledge you need to identify and assist these children.  Department of Homeland Security HQ policy analysts will be traveling from Washington, D.C. to Atlanta to present this special training.  Details:

SPECIAL IMMIGRANT JUVENILE VISAS & VICTIMS OF CRIMES and HUMAN TRAFFICKING

DATE / TIME: Thursday,  August 12, 2010 9:00 a.m.  to  12:00 noon

LOCATION:   US Citizenship & Immigration Services, 2150 Parklake Drive NE, Atlanta, GA  30345,  Second floor Ceremony Room

PARKING:  Free

SECURITY NOTE:  All visitors subject to airport-style security screening

CONTACT:   Joseph.Kernan@DHS.gov or     phone 770-508-1862