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Georgia Division of Family and Children Services host Destination Hope in Macon

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MACON, Ga. -- The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services’ Interim Director will be in Macon Wednesday, November 28, 2018 for Destination Hope: Macon.

The Destination Hope engagements are a reboot of the agency’s Blueprint for Change Roadshows of recent years. This organization was designed for the DFCS Director, Tom Rawlings to conduct statewide visits to meet with staff, stakeholders, and the community. According to the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, the purpose of these meetings is to receive feedback from staff and stakeholders across the state. The organization says they want to discuss agency reform efforts and build consensus on a plan to make Georgia a safer place for children, and a state where vulnerable families can access services that put them on a path to self-sufficiency.

Tom Rawlings was appointed in August by the Governor to serve as Interim Director. Director Rawlings says Wednesday he will be meeting with local organizations, nonprofits, and churches in the Macon area to make sure families are getting the proper assistance they need. He believes government agencies and private agencies can work together to help each other make a difference and prevent families from getting in trouble with the system.

The agency's Blueprint for Change has three steps it follows:

  • Robust Workforce Development
  • Practice Model
  • Constituent Engagement

These three steps target the guiding principles and mission statement of the organization to help structure the system.

With the holidays around the corner, Director Rawlings shares that the organization created a Secret Santa program about 25 years ago. He says that just this year, they were able to serve about 10,000 children in foster care with at least three gifts each. He believes it is important for the kids to know that people care about them and he wants them to enjoy Christmas, even though they can't be with their families.

Director Rawlings invites anyone to come out and be apart of Destination Hope.

If you would like to donate or help with Secret Santa go to https://dfcs.georgia.gov/, or if you are interested in becoming a foster parent go to http://fostergeorgia.com/


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