Welfare Watch – September 23, 2010 – Georgia Conference on Children and Families
The Georgia Conference on Children and Families (GCCF) comes at a most appropriate time. Georgia’s way of caring for its at-risk children in its child welfare, juvenile justice, behavioral health and developmental disabilities systems is rapidly changing. It is a time of sometimes overwhelming rapid change with new paradigms of thinking and acting. This economic crisis is causing both public and private agencies to identify their core activities. Data is becoming increasing important as it drives all direct services to evidence based practices. Family and community are important players in the system that once only had the “experts” at the table. The panacea of programs has been replaced with systems of care that includes all aspects of the child’s life. This Conference serves the needs of stakeholders in child welfare to understand this change and even to embrace it. Just as Georgia is being seen as one of the leading states in the nation in child welfare work, stakeholders are struggling to keep up.