Embark Georgia Newsletter 52


The Embark Georgia statewide network serves post-secondary professionals and institutions to ensure connectivity, share best practices, and provide information exchange among youth, community based stakeholders, and     K-12 education.

Connecting Campus Leaders to Support Underrepresented Populations

The Fanning Institute hosted the Embark Georgia Designated Points of Contact (DPOC) from more than 20 University System of Georgia (USG) and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) campuses to support increased access to leadership opportunities for underrepresented populations.

To read the full article, click here.


"Tracking Educational Progress of California's Foster Children Just a First Step"

In September, California released statewide data on the educational outcomes of students in foster care for the first time in history. This marks a big step for foster care youth as the achievement gap is no longer going unnoticed. These low success rates can be attributed to levels of disruption in the lives of foster care children.  Only two third stay in the same school each year, which heavily disrupts learning. California has passed many laws aiming to improve foster children's academic success. 

Read the full article here. And a similar article in the Los Angeles Times here.


Save the Date!

The first annual Embark Georgia Conference will be held May 18-19, 2017.



Child Welfare Training Collaborative

The Child Welfare Training Collaborative (CWTC) is a partnership between the Georgia State University Professional Excellence Program and the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services. Our goal is to promote collaboration and a common understanding of issues affecting children and families through our professional development opportunities.

To find out more about the various training courses offered, click here

Number of Children in Foster Care Increases for Third Consecutive Year

According to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) data released by the Children's Bureau, the number of children in foster care increased 3.4 percent from 2015 to 2016. The five states with the largest increases were Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Arizona, and Minnesota. Although individual states have different procedures for the reporting of factors contributing to foster care cases, it looks as though parental substance use/abuse may have contributed to the growth in the child welfare population. State child welfare directors emphasize that recent trends in substance abuse are sometimes affecting entire families and neighborhoods, making a child's placement with relatives an unviable option. 

To view the AFCARS report about these trends, click here. 

Former foster youth who need to apply for Amerigroup Medicaid- apply at your local DFCS office.

If you experience problems regarding Medicaid email healthmatters@dhs.ga.gov and put the county in the subject line. 

*Did you know you can be insured until your 26th birthday? Tell a friend to tell a friend and get health insurance!*

If you are in care currently or have already applied for and received Medicaid insurance, these numbers are for you:

Georgia Families 360 Intake Line (children and youth in foster care): 1-855-661-2021

Georgia Families 360 Intake Line (former youth in foster care): 1-800-600-4441

Billing: 1-800-766-4456


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The J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development
– a public service and outreach unit of the University of Georgia – is dedicated to strengthening communities, organizations, and individuals through leadership development, training, and education.

Embark Georgia is located at the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development.
David Meyers and Lori Tiller are the network directors. Our offices are located at 

1240 S. Lumpkin St.
Athens, GA 30605

You may contact us by calling 706-542-1108 or emailing  EMBARK@fanning.uga.edu
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