State of Hope Launches a Fourth Round of Application Requests

Georgia’s State of Hope (SOH) opened its fourth round of applications Tuesday, June 1, 2021, and is seeking “big ideas” that will help child and family service providers, community members, families and businesses create and sustain nurturing environments for healthy families.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING DFCS State Plan for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) will hold a virtual public hearing in July. The purpose of this upcoming meeting is to formally review the FY 2022 State Plan Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING DFCS State Plan for Community Services Block Grant

The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) will hold a virtual public hearing in June. The purpose of this upcoming meeting is to formally review the FY 2022 State Plan for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG).

Georgia Division of Family and Children Services and Mexican Consulate Enter Memorandum of Understanding to Improve Child Welfare Outcomes

DFCS and the Mexican Consulate renewed their memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at improving child welfare outcomes.

Georgia provides supplemental funding to feed vulnerable families

The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) is pleased to announce the distribution of $11.9 million in supplemental Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funding to partner agencies to help serve the state’s families and children.

Georgia expands online and grocery delivery options for food stamp recipients

Instacart, the North American leader in online grocery delivery, and ALDI are partnering to provide greater access to low-income families that rely on public assistance when ordering groceries for same-day curbside pickup and delivery in Georgia. This takes place in partnership with ALDI at their 60+ stores statewide.

National Adoption Month to Highlight Ways to Engage Youth Voice in Permanency Planning

This year, National Adoption Month's theme is "Engage Youth: Listen and Learn." The U.S. Children's Bureau and its partners will share resources on engaging youth to participate in their case planning. This empowering practice can improve outcomes and lead to greater opportunities for success in their lives.

The Low‐Income Home Energy Assistance Program opens Nov. 2

Beginning Nov. 2, 2020 residents aged 65 and older or those who are medically homebound can apply for assistance through the Department’s LIHEAP. All other eligible residents may apply for assistance beginning Dec. 1, 2020. Funds are administered through local Community Action Agencies (CAAs) on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are exhausted.

Bleckley DFCS County Office receives a new building

Bleckley County Department of Family & Children Services (DFCS) has closed its doors at the previous location, 140 East Peacock Street, Cochran, GA 31014, and today, October 15, will be moving the office and all operations to 137 S. Sixth St., Cochran, GA 31014.

DHS notifies customers about breach of confidential information

The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) was the victim of a recent cyberattack in which hackers gained unauthorized access to certain employee email accounts. The attacks occurred between May 3, 2020, and May 15, 2020. DHS and the Georgia Technology Authority, the state agency responsible for Information Technology Enterprise Management, worked together to resolve the issue. After becoming aware of the attack, immediate actions were taken to lock any compromised accounts and block any malicious actors.