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    • May 10, 2021
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    • June 26, 2021
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    • Application Period

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    For questions contact Priscilla Borders, ICM Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator,

    • June 21, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)

    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.

    • All working families will get the full credit if they make up to $150,000 for a couple or $112,500 for a family with a single parent (also called head of household).
    • The Child Tax Credit has been expanded to $3,000 per child 6-17 years old and $3,600 per child under 6.
    • Roughly 39 million households – covering 65 million children (nearly 90% of children in the United States) – will automatically receive the new child tax credit.
    • Starting on July 15th and through the rest of the calendar year, payments will be monthly (via direct deposit for 80% of families and through the mail for the others) – at $250 per child between 6-17 or $300 per child under 6.
    • The IRS has launched a simplified online tool which will allow families not automatically enrolled in the program to receive the Child Tax Credit – more information at

    (2) There is an easy sign up for low-income families which will help to cut child poverty in half.

    • Low-income families with children are eligible for this crucial tax relief – including those who have not made enough money to be required to file taxes.
    • If a couple makes under $24,800, a head of household makes under $18,650, or a single filer makes under $12,400, and they have not filed their taxes, there is a simple, easy tool to sign up for the Child Tax Credit.

    (3) President Biden’s American Families Plan calls for extending this for years and years.

    • The new Child Tax Credit enacted in the American Rescue Plan is only for 2021. That is why President Biden strongly believes that we should extend the new Child Tax Credit for years and years to come. That’s what he proposes in his American Families Plan.

    • June 22, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)

    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!

    Meeting Registration - Zoom

    • June 22, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)

    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:

    Participants at the event will be offered a $20 gift card as a recognition of the value of your time.

    • June 24, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Effective Allyship and Advocacy for the Transgender Community

    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

    • June 24, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM (EDT)

    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.

    Webinar Registration - Zoom

    • June 29, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)

    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.

    Meeting Registration - Zoom

    • July 20, 2021
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    • July 22, 2021
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    27th Annual CDF Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute
    for Child Advocacy Ministry
    and Dale Andrews Freedom Seminary

    July 19-22, 2021
    (and July 7 pre-session for seminarians)

    Listening to the Children: A Radical Revolution of Values

    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.

    Click here to register today.

    • July 21, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)

    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.

    Register here

Past events

June 18, 2021 Jubilee: A Juneteenth Experience
June 18, 2021 From Power to Power: A New Day of Freedom
June 17, 2021 Special Edition: Ecowomanism & Environmental Justice
June 17, 2021 Spectrum of Sexuality
June 16, 2021 Minimum Wage and Early Care and Education: Lessons Learned and Paths Forward
June 16, 2021 Final Annual Convening: Our Work in Review
June 12, 2021 Queens Unequivocally Exuding Excellence & Nailing Success
June 04, 2021 White Supremacy in 2021: Putting Violent Extremists on Tria
June 03, 2021 Ecowomanism Environmental Justice
June 03, 2021 Preview of the 2020 Federal Human Trafficking Report
June 03, 2021 Digital Day of Advocacy
June 02, 2021 Criminal Justice After the Pandemic: A Congressional Briefing by the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice
June 01, 2021 Part II: Response to the Rising Hatred and Violence Against Asian Americans
May 30, 2021 Mental Health and Macaroons!
May 27, 2021 Ecowomanism Environmental Justice
May 27, 2021 Ending the Silence for Students
May 22, 2021 Virtual Sex Ed Summit: Conversation Matters!
May 21, 2021 Virtual Sex Ed Summit: Healthcare Matters!
May 20, 2021 NEXT ICM MEMBER MEETING: Thursday, May 20, 2021, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
May 20, 2021 Virtual Sex Ed Summit: Community Matters!
May 20, 2021 Federal Relief Funds: Opportunities and Challenges for Education Leaders
May 19, 2021 If Not Me Then Who? Poverty-Informed Training
May 19, 2021 Virtual Sex Ed Summit: Education Matters!
May 19, 2021 Redefining Autism: A New Framing for More Effective Early Childhood Interventions and Policy
May 19, 2021 Intimate Partner Violence During Pregnancy
May 19, 2021 GEEARS Virtual Bus Tour
May 16, 2021 Eviction Prevention: Countering Homelessness
May 13, 2021 Ecowomanism Environmental Justice
May 12, 2021 Bridging the Communication Gap: Everyday Conversations with Youth and Parents
May 10, 2021 Pipeline to Possibilities: If Mom’s Ran the Criminal Legal System
May 09, 2021 Addressing Child Trauma Caused by COVID-related Crises
May 06, 2021 Ending the Silence for Families
May 06, 2021 What's Next for Georgia?
May 06, 2021 Virtual Children's Health Day!
April 29, 2021 Perspectives on Our Teens’ Mental Wellness
April 27, 2021 Women, Children and Mass Incarceration: How Our Prisons, Jails and Surveillance State Afflict Our Mothers, Sisters and Youth—and What We Can Do About It - Session Two
April 27, 2021 Changes in Health Care and Policy in the 2021 Legislative Session!
April 24, 2021 Think Like An Entrepreneur Teen Summit!
April 22, 2021 NEXT ICM MEMBER MEETING: APRIL 22, 2021 AT 6:30PM EST
April 22, 2021 Georgia Community Learning Series for Child Abuse Prevention Month: Civic Lunch
April 17, 2021 How Can Young People Get Involved in the Fair Food Fight
April 15, 2021 Georgia Community Learning Series for Child Abuse Prevention Month: Racism, It’s Baked In
March 31, 2021 JCRC 11th Annual Atlanta Community Hunger Seder

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