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Join the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Team on Monday, June 21st at 3pm ET for our Child Tax Credit Awareness Day Community Event with Gene Sperling and other special guests! RSVP here to join. On the call, we will provide an overview of the Child Tax Credit, who is eligible, and how families can access direct monthly payments. We hope you can make it!
Here is some key information.
(1) The Child Tax Credit provides major tax relief for nearly all working families.
(2) There is an easy sign up for low-income families which will help to cut child poverty in half.
(3) President Biden’s American Families Plan calls for extending this for years and years.
Join Georgia Parent Support Network on Tuesday, June 22 at 2 pm EST to hear from Judge R. Michael Key, Troup County Juvenile Court, at the weekly statewide parent education and support group meeting. The topic is: Creating a Culture of Healing through Trauma Informed Practice.
As individuals revolve around mental health, juvenile justice and child welfare systems, they often acquire multiple labels that they feel define them, making it even more difficult to address the very issues that brought them into those systems. Often, these systems, designed to help, can inadvertently replicate the events or dynamics of their original trauma and create additional harm. Trauma-informed systems are essential to providing effective support, building sustainable services that promote trust and engagement, and fostering a culture of healing. This presentation will explore guiding principles for implementing a trauma informed approach within and across systems, using the court system as an example, but made relevant to all components of mental health, juvenile justice and child welfare system.
You don't want to miss this!
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This past year the federal government has sent billions of dollars to our local public schools to help address the harms of the pandemic in education (via the CARES I, CARES II and ARP Acts). Local schools are deciding how to use that money RIGHT NOW, and they need to hear from us to make sure it’s being spent in a way that benefits ALL children equitably.
But a question we keep hearing is: HOW DO YOU DO THAT?
Fund Georgia’s Future is hosting a “teach-in” next Tuesday (6/22) at 6:30 with representatives from the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute and Watching the Funds-Cobb to help folks advocate at the local school board level around funding issues. We’ll talk through what this new money can be spent on and strategies to make sure that your voice is heard.
Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsfumprD8sGdU-jgn6VqJ8o9XzMvqgN8Tw
Participants at the event will be offered a $20 gift card as a recognition of the value of your time.
Join ADL Southeast on Thursday, June 24th at 1pm ET for a special PRIDE month Speaking Out in the South webinar on Effective Allyship and Advocacy for the Transgender Community. This timely and urgent conversation will educate viewers on the transgender experience and importance of inclusivity, why we need activism and advocacy for the trans, gender non-conforming and non-binary community and how to be an effective ally, and how recent anti-trans legislation in the southern region affects the trans community. This event is co-sponsored by Georgia Equality, SOJOURN and the Nashville LGBT Chamber.
Continuing the conversation from the first Town Hall Meeting in April, addressing the current intergenerational mental health crisis our nation is facing, and the connection of racism and poor mental health conditions.
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The Georgia Health Action Network (GHAN) is back for a summer conversation! Join us on Tuesday, June 29th, 2021 from noon - 1:00 pm as we discuss how mental health & substance use have been covered unfairly by health insurers. You will learn what "behavioral health parity" means, why it's important, and how it can be improved in Georgia. We will also discuss how health advocates like you can urge Georgia policy makers to adopt solutions for insurance companies' inequitable and unfair coverage of mental health & substance use needs.
Movement-building is hard work. We can’t do it alone. One generation alone can’t get it done. We need each other and deep spiritual sustenance to keep going and create the just world our children deserve. The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)’s Proctor Institute is where we can sing and pray, strategize and struggle, organize and advocate, and share our stories—our hurts and hopes, pain and passion for justice, in Beloved Community. The Proctor Institute refreshes and renews us so that we can continue the hard, hopeful, sacred work of pursuing justice for children and ending child poverty. Plan now to join us.
Usually held on the storied grounds of CDF Haley Farm, the spiritual home of the children’s movement, in 2021 CDF’s Proctor Institute will again be held virtually to ensure it is safe and accessible to all. While the platform will be virtual, the Beloved Community will be real.
Special sessions of the Dale Andrews Freedom Seminary for seminarians and interested others are on July 7, July 19, and July 20th.
CDF’s Proctor Institute for all begins on Tuesday, July 20th from 5:30-8:30 p.m. EDT. On Wednesday and Thursday, July 21 and 22, two workshop sessions are offered between noon-3:30 p.m. EDT and the plenary program is held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. EDT. The plenary program includes theology and child advocacy sessions, “listening to the children” discussions, music and spoken word, and the Great Preacher series. We can’t wait to be together again.
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The Pandemic Suspended and Expelled Everyone – What Can States Do About It? On July 21 at 3:00 ET, we'll be joined by Dr. Walter Gilliam from the Yale Child Study Center, Dr. Lee Johnson III from ZERO TO THREE, and Callan Wells from the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students to learn more about the impact of early childhood mental health consultations.