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Spring 2013


Strengthening Families Georgia Announces Training of Trainers Dates 

Applications Due by May 6 



May 15-16, 2013 OR June 5- 6, 2013

Mercer University at McDonough


10-hr BFTS Approved Course

Facilitator: Dr. Pat Minish, SFG Chair and 

GAYC Executive Director


SFG Training Goals:  
  • We can prevent child abuse. 
  • We can promote optimal healthy growth & development of children.
Upon successful completion of this program, trainers will be approved by SFG to provide trainings on all Five Protective Factors and the SFG Overview (6 trainings total). Eligibility requirements and commitments apply. For more details see attached application

National Certification of Parent Leaders Opportunity    

Parents Anonymous and the National Center on Shared Leadership have announced a new national certification of parent leaders. The mission is to enhance the lives of families and communities worldwide by inspiring and empowering parent and shared leadership. The national certification is comprised of research-based and results-oriented learning competencies on leadership for parents in any role dedicated to strengthening families. It will take place July 22 - 25 in Ontario, CA. 
Click here for details and registration information.    

New from Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Essentials for Childhood - Steps to Create Safe, Stable, Nurturing Relationships


Safe, stable, and nurturing relationships (SSNRs) are essential to prevent child maltreatment and to assure children reach their full potential. Essentials for Childhood proposes strategies communities can consider to promote the types of relationships and environments that help children grow up to be healthy and productive citizens so that they, in turn, can build stronger and safer families and communities for their children. 

To learn more download Essentials for Childhood: Steps to Create Safe, Stable, and Nurturing Relationships which is now available online. Click here to view the complete document.


CDC plans to add several several supplementary pieces on raising awareness, positive community norms, working with the media, and suggested actions for business/employers soon. Make sure to visit Essentials for Childhood for these updates.


From the Toolbox - New Resources Available From Strengthening Families


Our national partner, The Center for the Policy of Social Policy (CSSP), has posted updated Protective Factors one pagers on their Strengthening Families website. 


To access the one pagers click here.

About Strengthening Families Georgia


The state lead for Strengthening Families Georgia (SFG) is the Governor's Office for Children and Families (GOCF). SFG is administered by the Georgia Association on Young Children (GAYC) and represents a partnership of national, state, local, and public/private organizations dedicated to embedding five research-based protective factors in service/supports for young children and their families.


Vision: All families with children birth through age five in Georgia have the resources and support necessary for a meaningful and successful life.


Mission: To utilize the Strengthening Families assets-based framework of Protective Factors in all systems, programs, services and activities supporting families with young children as the approach to achieving the vision. These five Protective Factors are the foundation for the Strengthening Families approach:

  1. Parental Resilience - Parents can bounce back
  2. Social Connections - Parents have friends
  3. Knowledge of Child Development - Parents know how children grow and learn
  4. Concrete Support in Time of Need - Parents know where to turn for help
  5. Social and Emotional Competence of Children Children learn to talk about and handle feelings

A large group of Strengthening Families Georgia stakeholders, organized into a SFG Leadership Team, Partnership, and Supporters includes over 70 representatives from more than 30 organizations. The Leadership Team, made up of 20-25 members, provides direction and guidance for embedding the five protective factors in all areas of related work via:

  • Policy and systems change
  • Data driven decision-making
  • Integration and prioritization of work
  • Identifying and leveraging resources
  • Coordination and collaboration with similar state efforts
Funding Information

This project was supported in part by the Governor's Office for Children and Families through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Community Based Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CFDA 93.590). Points of view or opinions stated in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Governor's Office for Children and Families or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Community Based Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CFDA 93.590).

For more information on Strengthening Families Georgia contact Jeanette Meyer, Strengthening Families Georgia Statewide Coordinator: strengtheningfamiliesga@gmail.com 
In This Issue
Strengthening Families Georgia Training of Trainers
National Certification of Parent Leaders
Georgia Department of Education Family-Friendly Partnership School Awards
From the Toolbox
About SFG