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Wednesday's Child Program

Wednesday's Child, sponsored by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, is a weekly television feature about adoption that helps find permanent, loving, adoptive families for children in foster care. Wednesday's Child Georgia is a partnership of the Georgia Department of Human Services, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and Fox 5 in Atlanta.





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               LEARN, PRAY, ACT!

LEARN:  Attend one or more of the trainings /events listed below.

PRAY:  I will pray for / meditate or reflect upon children—children known and unknown to me.  I will pray for / seek their well-being in body, mind and spirit.  I will keep my heart responsive to the joys and sorrows of children—they can count on me to never be indifferent and uncaring.

ACT: Engage in one or more of these Opportunities to express advocacy at the services level and engender in children, youth and adults a love for community and service. 


Don't Miss Events

ICM UPCOMING EVENTS - A list of upcoming ICM-related trainings, programs and meetings and other events.

 ICM's 2015 Celebration of Children Forum is being held in support of ICM Day at the Capitol 2015 and will be held in two parts: 

The Educational Forum will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and is for anyone who is interested in learning more about service and advocacy opportunities for Georgia's children.  

Our keynote speaker is Bobby Cagle, Director, GA Division of Family and Children Services.

The Resource Fair will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and is for anyone who is interested in accessing community resources and organizations whose mission it is to serve children and families. Prizes and giveaways! 

Free exhibitor tables available for both the forum and the fair.  

For more information and to register today, please visit 2015 Children's Forum.


The Open Enrollment period for 2015 coverage is November 15, 2014, to February 15, 2015.  If you haven't enrolled in coverage by then, you generally can't buy Marketplace health coverage for 2015 until the next Open Enrollment period for coverage the following year.


If you're enrolled in a 2014 Marketplace plan, your benefit year ends December 31, 2014. To continue health coverage in 2015, you can renew your current health plan or choose a new health plan through the Marketplace during the 2015 Open Enrollment period.


For more information, visit www.heathcare.gov.




Juvenile Justice Matters

ICM is a member of the JUSTGeorgia Coalition.


With the passage of juvenile justice reform legislation in the 2013 state legislative session, the state can move forward in improving the lives of children and creating healthier communities in Georgia.  Now is the time for implementation with integrity and fidelity.  Otherwise, the positive effects of the hard work of so many will go unrealized.  
The interfaith community is an essential component to the success of this reform.  ICM will continue its movement to promote the benefits of juvenile justice reform and encourage faith communities to become informed, involved and engaged in being a part of the solution. 
 Produced by The Tow Foundation, National Juvenile Justice Network and JUSTGeorgia




STOP Child Sexual Exploitation

Effective September 15, 2013, certain businesses and establishments were required to display the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline poster created by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.  You can access the poster and additional information about the requirements by clicking on the links below.
ICM encourages all faith communities to display the National Human Trafficking Hotline poster around your campuses, especially those faith communities who provide services to vulnerable populations, such as children and youth, homeless, disabled and immigrant families. 
Speak Up Now!  Fight Child Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking In-Flight. Please use the "Speak Up Now" link to contact City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport's General Manager and the top six major national airlines that fly into Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and ask them to join the fight by supporting the airing of in-flight videos against child sexual exploitation and trafficking on all flights into Atlanta -- domestic and international.

GEORGIA CARES (formerly Georgia Care Connection)
Georgia Cares (formerly Georgia Care Connection) can be found at www.georgiacareconnection.comGeorgia Cares is the initiative launched by the Governor's Office for Children and Families "to identify commercially sexually exploited children and link them to services without subjecting them to arrest."  You can visit the program by going to www.georgiacareconnection.com.  Contact:  Georgia Cares, P.O. Box 1967, Decatur, GA 30031, 404.602.0068  



Mandatory Reporting Info
Effective, July 1, Georgia expanded its mandated reporting pool (those persons who are mandated to report suspected child abuse) to include all employees and volunteers whose duties include attending to children.  Another significant change to the law, includes designating clergy as mandated reporters under certain circumstances.
Please use the following resources and materials to help your faith community become aligned with the new law.  Afterall, our faith communities should be safe places for our children and families to engage in fellowship and worship. 

Mandatory Reporting Law Resources


The "School To Prison Pipeline" (STPP) refers to a disturbing national trend in which students are funneled out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.  Please follow the link to more information STPP Materials. 

The Bright from the Start:  Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning offers incentives and scholarships to encourage early care and education; professionals to obtain additional training and certification. Please open the documents below for more information and to apply.



Immigration Issues
“Protecting Assets and Child Custody in the Face of Deportation: 
A Guide for Practitioners Assisting Immigrant Families.”
From Georgia Appleseed: This manual guides volunteer lawyers and non-lawyer practitioners through important financial and family rights threatened by the deportation process, including final paychecks, bank accounts, car and home ownership, government benefits, child custody, and others. “Protecting Assets” provides easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions to help immigrants protect their financial assets and family relationships. 



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