THE CRISIS IN HALL COUNTY
A crisis in Hall County foster care, most directly illustrated by a lack of homes, initiated a meeting called by Chief Hall County Juvenile Court Judge, the Honorable Lindsey Burton. On November 30, 2017, more than 70 people representing various agencies and organizations gathered for a discussion on “The State of Foster Care in Hall County.”
Two major themes emerged:
1. The lack of homes in the county
2. The resulting fact that the majority of foster children are placed out of the county
What does this lead to? MORE TRAUMA FOR THE CHILDREN IN CARE and a REDUCED CHANCE OF REUNIFICATION for the family.
A SUMMARY OF ‘THE FINDINGS’
• From 2013 to 2017, the number of children in foster care from Hall County grew from 173 to 274 (that’s an increase of 58%)
• Currently, there are approximately 60 approved foster homes in Hall County – half of these homes are Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) approved homes and the rest are approved and supported by private Child Placement Agencies (CPA)
• As of the date of the stakeholders meeting on Nov. 30th, 2017, there were only 4 open beds in Hall County
For more information, and more specifically, issues caused from out-of-county placements, click below to access a copy of the whitepaper: The State of Foster Care in Hall County
WHAT IS BEING DONE?
As of March 1, 2018, we have officially partnered with Families First, an organization that is dedicated to helping foster youth, those who age out of foster care, and youth living in poverty find success. Our first priority is to provide comprehensive services and dedicated foster homes for Hall County’s foster children.
Together with Families First, we will provide a wrap-around service model covering prevention, intervention, and aftercare for Georgia’s families in crisis and youth in foster care. This model will place a Families First recruiter and case manager at the SAFFT Family Restoration Center in Gainesville to recruit, train, and approve foster families. For more info on this partnership, click here.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN FOSTERING?
Our number one goal is to find families in Hall County that are interested in opening their homes and their hearts to children that need a safe place to live. Our second priority is making the entire process for foster parents easier – from the moment they decide to start this journey, through the approval and placement process, and all the way to ensuring they are equipped with the necessary education, resources, and support during their transition and the children’s transition. We want to make every family’s fostering experience less stressful and more rewarding.
ATTEND A FOSTER PARENT ORIENTATION
Must pre-register in advance. Details and dates (as they become available) are listed below.
• November date TBD
To pre-register or for more information, contact Cheryl Monroy, our Foster Family Recruiter, at 770-886-0840 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To give $100 a month (this ensures a new placement happens) or a one-time donation of $1,000, $500, or $100, click here. You will be the reason Hope for Hall is successful and that more foster children are placed closer to home and school.