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.

Barrow DFCS County Office receives a new building

Barrow County Department of Family & Children Services (DFCS) has
closed its doors at the previous location, 16 Lee Street, Winder, GA 30680, and today, October 1, will be moving the office and all operations to 63 Lays Drive, Winder, GA 30680.

DFCS resumes processing program recertifications

Program recertification periods for Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS) constituents, that were previously suspended due to COVID-19, have now resumed.

A vision for child and family well-being in Georgia

The Prevention and Community Support Section of the Georgia Division of Family & Children Services and Prevent Child Abuse Georgia has taken action to develop a statewide Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Plan. Since its last version 20 years ago, state agencies and organizations and various stakeholders, including state and local government leaders, community-based and human services providers, early childhood educators, parents, caregivers, and faith-based organizations, have developed a new vision for child and family well-being in Georgia.

 

DFCS announces Pandemic EBT application date change

The Georgia Division of Family & Children Services announced today that it has changed the date of its previously announced application cycle for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer. The new submission deadline is September 18, 2020.

Georgia DFCS Virtually Celebrates Kinship Care Month this September

Across Georgia, 34% of children in care are in a kinship arrangement. A kinship arrangement consists of relatives and close family friends caring for children when their parents cannot care for them.

Stephens County DFCS announces temporary relocation

Stephens County Department of Family & Children Services (DFCS) will be closing its doors on Friday, Aug. 28. The previous location, 64 Boulevard, Suite 101 Toccoa, GA 30577, will temporarily relocate the office and all operations to Banks County DFCS located at 154 Windmill Farm Road, Homer, GA 30547.

Georgia local community programs enhanced by statewide initiative

Seventeen Georgia community organizations have been selected to receive technical assistance and funding from the Georgia Division of Family & Children Services through its State of Hope initiative.