Georgia ranks 38th in the Nation for Child Well-Being, Families Continue to Struggle with Economic Uncertainty

The data confirms that Georgia’s investments in children and families—and our unrelenting commitment to improve the well-being of children and families in every community across our statewide network—are paying off. We must continue to work together to build a strong social infrastructure and evaluate our progress, and we must continue to invest in our most valuable resource—children and families.

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Local celebrities serve breakfast, community at annual event

By Joshua Demarest, Dawson County News

The Longhorn Steakhouse parking lot was packed on Friday morning as residents from all over Dawson County turned up for the 11th annual Family Connection Celebrity Waiter Breakfast.

Longhorn staff had been in the kitchen since 5:30 a.m. to prepare the eggs, sausage, bacon and other breakfast staples for the event.The yearly breakfast raises money for Dawson County Family Connection’s work combating child abuse and neglect.

“We really just want to raise awareness,” said Family Connection Coordinator Nancy Stites. “We’re a nonprofit focusing on family and children and we thought a breakfast would be a great time for the community to get together as a community, so that’s what we’re really trying to do.” (read full article here)

Celebrity Waiter coming JUNE 7th!

You are cordially invited to

Dawson County Family Connection’s

11th Annual

CELEBRITY WAITER BREAKFAST!

Once a year, Dawson County’s Longhorn Steakhouse opens their doors for a one-of-a-kind, fabulous breakfast buffet. It is a fun-filled morning with good food and even better company; all in support of making a positive impact on Dawson County’s children!

There are two ways to show your support:

1) Be a SPONSOR

2) COME OUT AND ENJOY a great breakfast with some great people!

All benefit proceeds to support our work to prevent child abuse and neglect in

Dawson County!

 

WEAR BLUE April 5th to Support Child Abuse Prevention Month

April has been designated Child Abuse Prevention Month in the United States since 1983, and thought to be a time to recommit to giving every child a chance to succeed and to ensuring that every child grows up in a safe, stable, and nurturing environment that is free from abuse and neglect.

Family Connection would like to ask you to WEAR BLUE in support of CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH on FRIDAY, APRIL 5th.

We would love to have you share your agency selfies of your staff in blue on our Facebook page or email a snapshot to nstites@dawsonfamilyconnection.org

Teen Maze Coming to DCJH March 8th!

On MARCH 8th, 9th graders enrolled in Dawson County Junior High school will attend a “TEEN MAZE” coordinated by Family Connection. The purpose of the maze is to challenge students to graduate and obtain a career without getting blocked by many obstacles in life such as alcohol, drugs, probation and a variety of other hurdles that could prevent them from these goals

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Did you know that January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month? Think human trafficking is not a problem? According to Street Grace, more than 3,600 children are sold into sex slavery every year in Georgia. One way to help stop trafficking is by educating children.
“Just ask the question, ‘Do you know what sex trafficking means?’” she said. “(Make it) age-appropriate for the child, but at the same time, that’s a question that needs to be asked. There’s so much online that you can pull the information, make yourself familiar with the content and then teach it to your children, because it’s so vital that they know.”
To learn more about trafficking, visit StopTraffick.com.

Read full article here: https://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/local/gwinnett-school-buses-travel-through-atlanta-to-raise-awareness-about/article_9dd5fede-2f14-5383-94ef-d4ca62fdeba9.html?fbclid=IwAR3eRMSZBdLSZfTKKbm2_HxPnXjKe2fOZl7pLl-CE0B8vQfL0QZXJ8muJ2Y

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.

Each year, more than 41,000 individuals die by suicide, leaving behind their friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of loss. In many cases, friends and families affected by a suicide loss (often called “suicide loss survivors”) are left in the dark. Too often the feelings of shame and stigma prevent them from talking openly.

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month—a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic. We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. It is also important to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention. NAMI is here to help.

Informational Resources

Crisis Resources

  • If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately.
  • If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255)
  • If you’re uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can also text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.

Awareness Resources

Help promote awareness by sharing images and graphics on your website and social media accounts. Use #SuicidePrevention or #StigmaFree.

While suicide prevention is important to address year-round, Suicide Prevention Awareness Month provides a dedicated time to come together with collective passion and strength around a difficult topic. The truth is, we can all benefit from honest conversations about mental health conditions and suicide, because just one conversation can change a life.

https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Suicide-Prevention-Awareness-Month

Stuff the Bus July 29th @ Kroger

Help us set up Dawson County students for SUCCESS! Please consider making a monetary or school supply donation to Dawson County Family Connection to help us STUFF THE BUS!!! Please makes checks payable to Dawson County Family Connection and mail to PO Box 872, Dawsonville, Ga 30534 or stop by and see us at either 96 Academy Avenue (The Chappell Building) or at KROGER July 28th!

• Flash Drives (1G)
• 3 Ring Binder (1 ½” or 2″)
• Dry Erase Markers
• 5-Subject Dividers
• Pencils (Regular #2 & Colored)
• Supply/Pencil Boxes (Solid Colors)
• Markers (Washable)
• Notebook Paper (Wide & College Ruled)
• Pens (Blue, Black & Red)
• Scissors (Blunt & Regular)
• Glue (Sticks & Bottles)
• Composition Books (Wireless)
• Generic Book Bags (Solid Color)
• Drawstring sports bags

April is CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH!!!

10 Things You Can Do To Prevent Child Abuse

  1. Volunteer your time. Get involved with other parents in your community. Help vulnerable children and their families. Start a playgroup.
  2. Discipline your children thoughtfully. Never discipline your child when you are upset. Give yourself time to calm down. Remember that discipline is a way to teach your child. Use privileges to encourage good behavior and time-outs to help your child regain control.
  3. Examine your behavior. Abuse is not just physical. Both words and actions can inflict deep, lasting wounds. Be a nurturing parent. Use your actions to show children and other adults that conflicts can be settled without hitting or yelling.
  4. Educate yourself and others. Simple support for children and parents can be the best way to prevent child abuse. After-school activities, parent education classes, mentoring programs, and respite care are some of the many ways to keep children safe from harm. Be a voice in support of these efforts in your community.
  5. Teach children their rights. When children are taught they are special and have the right to be safe, they are less likely to think abuse is their fault, and more likely to report an offender.
  6. Support prevention programs. Too often, intervention occurs only after abuse is reported. Greater investments are needed in programs that have been proven to stop the abuse before it occurs – such as family counseling and home visits by nurses who provide assistance for newborns and their parents.
  7. Know what child abuse is. Physical and sexual abuse clearly constitute maltreatment, but so does neglect, or the failure of parents or other caregivers to provide a child with needed food, clothing, and care. Children can also be emotionally abused when they are rejected, berated, or continuously isolated.
  8. Know the signs. Unexplained injuries aren’t the only signs of abuse. Depression, fear of a certain adult, difficulty trusting others or making friends, sudden changes in eating or sleeping patterns, inappropriate sexual behavior, poor hygiene, secrecy, and hostility are often signs of family problems and may indicate a child is being neglected or physically, sexually, or emotionally abused.
  9. Report abuse. If you witness a child being harmed or see evidence of abuse, make a report to your state’s child protective services department or local police. When talking to a child about abuse, listen carefully, assure the child that he or she did the right thing by telling an adult, and affirm that he or she is not responsible for what happened.
  10. Invest in kids. Encourage leaders in the community to be supportive of children and families. Ask employers to provide family-friendly work environments. Ask your local and national lawmakers to support legislation to better protect our children and to improve their lives.

https://www.dshs.wa.gov/ca/child-safety-and-protection/child-abuse-prevention-tips

Our Little Lending Library is UP and RUNNING!

Dawson County Family Connection in partnership with the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce is excited that our Little Lending Library is up and stocked full of books. Feel free to stop by the Dawson County Department of Public Health and take a book.leave a book!

Special appreciation extended to Dawson County Junior High Honors English teacher, Aimee Park for painting our library and making it so very fun and inviting!