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1-800-CHILDREN Helpline
If your agency or organization would like to be included in the Helpline Resource and Referral Database, contact Julia Neighbors at 404-413-1419 or jneighbors@gsu.edu.

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.




Don't Miss ICM Events
Registration Now Open for ICM's Celebration of Children Conference

ICM's Annual Celebration of Children Conference will be held on January 26, 2017, at Marietta First United Methodist Church.  

Duaine Hathaway, Executive Director of Georgia CASA, will be the keynote speaker and will discuss the important role of a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and the needs of our children in foster care.

SEEKING EXHIBITORS:  If your organization would like to exhibit, please complete the application here to reserve your space.   

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Time:  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (registration at 9:00 a.m.)
Location:  Trinity United Methodist Church, 265 Washington Street, Atlanta, 30303
(immediately down the street from the State Capitol)

Join ICM at Justice Day, February 2, 2017   REGISTER TODAY!

On February 2, 2017, ICM is joining with other organizations, impacted people, and concerned citizens to promote criminal justice reform in Georgia.  We will gather together to discuss reform efforts in our state and to advocate for those efforts at the State Capitol.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about Georgia’s current criminal justice landscape and to ask your legislators directly to support criminal justice reform this year.

Let's Talk About Protecting Children

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What Makes You Smile?  Ask a child near you.

ICM is seeking art submissions that illustrate "What Makes You Smile?"

Ask a child near you or ones within your faith community to submit an entry.

This will be the artwork that we use during our 2017 advocacy season. And the winner will be recognized at the Celebration of Children conference.



Engaging Events
WEBINAR:  Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) & Trauma-Informed Care
Date & Time:  Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Shanta R. Dube, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor , School of Public Health, Georgia State University
Janice Haker, Director, Georgia Head Start Collaboration Office, Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
Intended Audience includes:  Individuals involved in the care of children including but not limited to pediatricians, pediatric nurses, public health staff, child care administrators and child care staff.
Upon successful completion of this program the attendee shall meet the following objectives:
  1. Describe the epidemiology of childhood toxic stress
  2. Apply knowledge of childhood toxic stress to support infrastructure of trauma informed environments
  3. Demonstrate how trauma informed care can be implemented in both medical and child care settings.
The Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is accredited by the Medical Association of Georgia to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics designates this live internet activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This activity has been submitted to the Tennessee Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The Tennessee Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
For questions or concerns regarding this announcement, please contact the Fozia Khan Eskew at the Chapter at 404-881-5074 or via email at feskew@gaaap.org.

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.  Learn more.... 
 Produced by The Tow Foundation, National Juvenile Justice Network and JUSTGeorgia



STOP Child Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking

GEORGIA CARES (formerly Georgia Care Connection)
Georgia Cares (formerly Georgia Care Connection) can be found at http://www.gacares.org/index.phpGeorgia 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 http://www.gacares.org/index.php. Contact: Georgia Cares, P.O. Box 1967, Decatur, GA 30031, 404.602.0068  

Human Trafficking and the Courts Summit (courtesy of Barton Child Law and Policy Center)

Held on October 6, 2016, the summit was Georgia's first andbrought together stakeholders from all classes of courts for a series of sessions providing an overview of the court's role in addressing human trafficking.  The Summit was organized and sponsored by the Judicial Council of Georgia's Access, Fairness, Public Trust and Confidence Committee, the Institute for Continuing Judicial Education, and Emory University. 

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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40-Day Prayer Calendar

Read the Prayers and Meditations in our 40-Day Legislative Prayer Calendar.  Submit your own prayer, meditation or reflection on behalf of Georgia's children.


Call to Action

Click  image below to join ICM's Child Advocacy Task Force.


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. 


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