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gsu-blue_ays_ssw_pep_cwtc_dfcs1The Child Welfare Training Collaborative (CWTC) offers training to community partners (e.g. DFCS, law enforcement, placement providers, early care, education, behavioral health, juvenile courts, pediatric health providers, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and other community and government organizations) throughout the state of Georgia. Bringing everyone to the same table creates an opportunity for community partners to have a shared understanding of issues facing children and families and also strengthens collaborations to promote better outcomes for Georgia’s children. 

CWTC is a partnership between the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services and Georgia State University’s School of Social Work Professional Excellence Program. Training is available to any community in the state at no cost to participants. 

Bobby Cagle, Director of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, introduces the Child Welfare Training Collaborative:

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Mission

To facilitate collaborative partnerships among community organizations and provide training, which enable stronger relationships with families and promote better outcomes for children.

Vision

Stronger collaborative partnerships for healthy families.

Guiding Principles

The following are the beliefs that guide our work:

Community Oriented: We believe strong children and families rely on a community of partners to support them. This community is comprised of everyone who works with children and families in a professional or volunteer capacity, including DFCS, law enforcement, placement providers, early care, education, behavioral health, juvenile courts, pediatric health providers, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and other community and government organizations).

Collaborative: We believe children are safer and families are healthier when everyone in the child welfare system/community collaborates to solve problems, and provide services and support.

Accessible: We believe that geography should not limit access to resources and make our trainings available in any community throughout the state of Georgia.

Trauma Informed: We believe a trauma-informed approach is best practice in child welfare and approach all our workshops from a trauma perspective.

Quality: We believe our partners deserve access to the highest quality learning experiences available. Our content is based on established evidence-based and evidence informed knowledge and best and promising practices in the field.

Goals:

  • Develop a series of learning opportunities focused on crucial areas of knowledge related to child well-being including best practices and processes of effective service delivery to children and families.
  • Provide shared learning opportunities to community partners who work with children and families throughout the state of Georgia to increase knowledge and understanding of topics, ability to apply knowledge to practice, and to create a shared understanding of topics among partners.
  • Assist Georgia with creating a trauma informed child welfare system by providing trainings on trauma, secondary trauma, and approaching all other subjects from a trauma perspective.
  • Promote collaboration among all community partners to enhance working relationships and efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery.
  • Create statewide training information site to assist in locating opportunities to expand learning and move toward trauma informed practice methods.

The work of the Child Welfare Training Collaborative is guided by an advisory council made up of 41 representatives from 34 organizations.

Michael Armstrong
Vice President of Club Operations, Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta

Michelle Barclay
Director, Georgia Supreme Court Committee on Justice for Children

Lynn Barmore,
District Manager, Georgia Division of Family and Children Services

Dr. Elizabeth Beck
Professor, School of Social Work, Georgia State University 

Lee Biggar
Director of Knowledge Management, Georgia Division of Family and Children Services

James Binnicker
District Manager, Georgia Division of Family and Children Services

Dr. Brian Bride
Director, School of Social Work, Georgia State University

David Bolt
Manager of Community Outreach and Education, Amerigroup 360

Bobby Cagle
Director, Georgia Division of Family and Children Services

Melissa Carter
Executive Director, Barton Child Law and Policy Center

Verdell Daniels
President, Adoptive and Foster Parent Association of Georgia

Lisa Dawson
Director of Injury Prevention, Georgia Department of Public Health

Ann Digirolamo
Associate Project Director, Center of Excellence for Child and Adolescent Health, Georgia State University

Craig Goodmark
Attorney at Law

Dr. Jordan Greenbaum
Staff Physician, Stephanie Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Medical consultant, International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children

Sekema Harmon
District Manager, Georgia Division of Family and Children Services

Duaine Hathaway
Executive Director, Georgia CASA

Jay Hayes
Investigator, Douglas County Sheriff's Department

Dr. Sharon Hill
Professor, Georgia State University

Judge Michael Key
Juvenile Court Judge, Troup County

Beoncia Loveless
Instructor, Program Coordinator, Southern Crescent Technical College

Jeff Lukich
Deputy Director of Child Welfare, Georgia Division of Family and Children Services

Garry McGiboney
Deputy Superintendent, Georgia Department of Education

Dr. Stephen Messner
The Pamela and Eugene A. Hayes III Endowed Chair for Child Protection, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

David Meyers
Public Service Associate, University of Georgia, Fanning Institute for Leadership Development

Dante McKay,
Director, Office of Children, Young Adults and Families, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Disabilities

Katrina Mitchell
Director of Strategic Partnerships, Georgia Division of Family and Children Services

Dr. Christie Moore
Director of Professional Learning, Bright from the Start, Georgia’s  Department of Early Care and Learning

Avery Niles
Commissioner, Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice

Laurence Nelson
Director Education and Training, Georgia Division of Family & Children Services

Tom Rawlings
Director, Office of the Child Advocate

Lon Roberts
Field Operations Deputy Director, Georgia Division of Family and Children Services

Heather Rowles
Executive Director, Multi-Agency Alliance for Children

Together GA

Gaye Smith
Executive Director, Georgia Family Connection Partnership

Trenny Stovall
Child Advocacy Director, Dekalb Juvenile Court

Judge Peggy Walker
Douglas County, Juvenile Court Judge

Judge Ashley Willcott
Dekalb County, Juvenile Court Judge

Arianne Weldon
Director, Get Georgia Reading

Vett Vandiver
Communications Manager, GEEARS

Partners:

Dr. Angie Boy
Program Manager,  Stephanie Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children - ‎Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Deborah Chosewood
Office of Prevention, Georgia Division of Family and Children Services

Ursula Davis
Senior Research Associate, Center of Excellence for Child and Adolescent Health, Georgia State University

Meaghan Gibson
Injury Prevention Program, Child Occupant Safety, Georgia Department of Public Health

Jeff Hodges
Program Specialist, Safe and Drug Free Schools, Department of Education

Dr. Kelly Kinnish
Clinical Director, Georgia Center for Child Advocacy

Danielle Lynch
Attorney, Dekalb County Child Advocacy Center

Tricia Mills
System of Care Interagency Coordinator, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities

Astrid Prudent
Senior Research Associate, Center of Excellence for Child and Adolescent Health, Georgia State University

Allison Setterlind
Director, Georgia Head Start Collaboration Office, Bright From the Start, Georgia’s Department of Early Care and Learning

Judge Sheri Roberts
Newton County Juvenile Court Judge

Dr. Shannon Self
Director of Doctoral Program, GSU School of Public Health; Associate Director for Research and Development, National SafeCare Training and Research Center (NSTRC)

Diana Summers
Agency Administrator, Office of the Child Advocate

Christopher Thomas,
Training Director, Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice

General

Our trainings are offered free of charge.
Any person who works as a professional or volunteer in the child welfare system and/or with children who have been or are at risk for being abused or neglected is welcome to attend.
If you are interested in scheduling training, please email cwtc@gsu.edu, complete the form below or call 404-809-1892. CWTC is a statewide program and can accommodate requests throughout Georgia.
CWTC suggests taking the classes in the following order: Trauma 101: Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Children; Brain 101: Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Brain Development; Trauma/Brain 201: Building Resiliency as the content of the classes builds on other classes. If you have not taken Trauma 101 or Brain 101 and there is not one currently scheduled in your area, please contact us and we will work to add classes in your area.
If you are interested in scheduling training, please email cwtc@gsu.edu, complete the form below or call 404-809-1892. We are happy to work with you to schedule a training, but some spaces in the class will need to be open to other community partners.

We are happy to work with you to schedule a training locally. Please email cwtc@gsu.edu  complete the form below or call 404-809-1892 to discuss.