Refugee Program

The mission of the Georgia Department of Human Services is to strengthen Georgia by providing individuals and families access to services that promote self-sufficiency, independence and protect Georgia's vulnerable children and adults.

In Georgia, the Department of Human Services Refugee Program supports this mission by administering the federally funded Refugee Program. Georgia has a State Refugee Coordinator, who is responsible for coordinating public and private resources for refugees.

The primary goal of Georgia’s Refugee Program is to encourage economic self-sufficiency of refugees after entrance to Georgia. This means the refugees must become self-reliant to meet their basic needs, within the shortest possible period.

Services for refugees are coordinated with the private sector, which provides job development, placement and specialized training opportunities, as well as contracted support service activities with a consortium of refugee voluntary agencies.

If you would like to apply for SNAP, Medical Assistance, TANF, or Refugee Cash Assistance in your preferred language, please click the link to print and complete a paper application. https://dfcs.georgia.gov/ 

How to apply for RCA

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Print an application and fill out as much information as possible and mail the paper application to your local DFCS office.

RCA in other languages

 

العربية

 

 

Bosanski  

 

 

မြန်မာဘာသာ  

 

 

中文

 

 

فارسی

 

 

Français

 

 

ગુજરાતી  

 

 

ह िंदी

 

 

日本の 

 

 

한국어

 

 

िेपाली

 

 

Português  

 

 

Русский  

 

 

Tiếng Việt  

 

 

DFCS Reasonable Modifications and Communication Assistance Request Form for Persons with Disabilities
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Services

  • Immigration Services

    This service focuses on helping refugees become self-sufficient and meet all their immigration obligations to ensure continued residence in the U.S. Included in this service are:

      • Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) Application Preparation and Orientation
      • Naturalization/Citizenship Application Preparation and Instruction
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  • Domestic Violence Prevention Services

    This service provides domestic violence (family violence) prevention for the refugee community by combining both prevention and intervention. Included in this service are:

    • Family Violence Intervention Program (FVIP), a program for perpetrators of domestic violence
    • Women’s and Men’s Support Groups for partners of perpetrators enrolled in the FVIP, and for adults and children who are in need of service
    • Community Education Sessions for both refugee communities and refugee service providers
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  • Employability Services

    Employability Services (ES) provide all the necessary support and preparation needed to ensure employment. Employment is defined as unsubsidized work at more than the minimum wage with access to group medical insurance. Successful employment means that a refugee remains employed at least 90 days. Employment Upgrade Services (EUS) are for refugees who are employed at the time of service and are interested in specific training that would provide more income and/or a better working environment for advancement and economic self-sufficiency. Included in these services are:

    • Needs Assessment - an overall assessment of the family unit relating to integration into life and economic self-sufficiency in the U.S. (ES/EUS)
    • Work Plan Development and Management (ES/EUS)
    • Job Orientation (ES)
    • Job Placement (ES)
    • Follow-Up (ES)
    • Vocational ELI (ES)
    • Vocational Training (ES)
    • Training – includes professional refresher training, skills recertification courses, professional training programs, vocational training, or full-time attendance in a college leading to certification (EUS)

    These services are provided to refugees who have lived in the U.S. for less than five years. 

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  • English Language Instruction (ELI)

    English Language Instruction (ELI) services teach English to a level that will permit effective communication through speaking, reading, and writing with emphasis on how it relates to obtaining and retaining a job. Special attention is given to the language needs of women and newly arrived, pre-literate, and elderly refugees. Included in this service are:

    • English Language Evaluation and Assessment
    • Instruction Plan Development
    • Instruction
    • Childcare (referral as needed)
    • Transportation (referral as needed)

    These services are provided to refugees who have lived in the U.S. for less than five years. 

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  • Information and Referral Services

    Information and Referral Services provide instruction and assistance to refugee families in accessing local, state, and federal programs and community services (i.e. Food Stamps, Medicaid, WIC, energy assistance, low-income housing, childcare assistance, etc).  Information and Referral Services are designed to mainstream refugees into existing local, state, and federal social service programs and to expedite client self-sufficiency. Included in this service are:

    • Assessment and referral to services needed
    • Assistance with completing eligibility forms and applications

    These services are provided to refugees who have lived in the U.S. for more than five years. 

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  • Parent/School Involvement Services

    Parent/School Involvement Services are provided to refugee parents in hopes of supporting and encouraging them to become actively involved in their children’s education. Included in this service are:

    • Orientation to educate parents on the school system’s policies and procedures
    • School-Related Casework to provide assistance to parents when they visit their children’s schools
    • School-Based Assistance for school staff and administrators

    This support allows DHS contractors to provide services to refugees who have lived in the U.S. for up to and over five years.

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  • Refugee Youth Programs

    Refugee Youth Programs focused on the special needs of refugee youth and their families. Included in this service are:

    • After-school programs
    • Summer youth programs and enrichment activities

    These services are provided to refugee youth who have lived in the U.S. for less than five years.

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  • Social Adjustment Services

    Social Adjustment Services are provided to help refugees assimilate into their new lives in the U.S. and to encourage self-reliance to the point where the individual and/or family can successfully handle similar situations independently. Included in this service are:

    • Needs Assessment - an overall assessment of the family unit relating to integration into life and economic self-sufficiency in the U.S.
    • Work Plan Development and Management
    • Home Management
    • Emergency/Crisis Intervention
    • Health and Mental Health Services

    These services are provided to refugees who have lived in the U.S. for less than five years.

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