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Fathers’ Day in America [Message by The Rev. Patricia Templeton]

I recently finished a haunting novel, Before We Were Yours , in which Lisa Wingate tells a fictionalized account of the true story of one of this country’s great scandals, the Tennessee Children’s Home Society and its director, Georgia Tann. From the 1920s through 1950, Tann and her organization facilitated the adoption of thousands of children across the country. Tann was a prominent member of society, held up as the “Mother of Modern Adoption,” and consulted by Eleanor Roosevelt on issues...
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Georgia ACEs Data Released

Deborah Chosewood ·
We have data! In 2016, the Georgia Department of Public Health, with funding provided by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services' Prevention and Community Support Section, added the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) module to their annual Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System (BRFSS). The preliminary summary of the results of that data collection have been released in the Georgia Data Summary report. An additional full-length report is still in development, but the...
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Georgia Health Students Plan Trauma Informed Care Training Day

Alyssa Levine ·
Home to the Center for Disease Control, Atlanta is a city full of great minds focused on all issues related to public health. Despite this, a group of students and faculty at neighboring health professional schools including Emory School of Medicine, Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Georgia State University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Mercer University School of Medicine, and the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, and found that education and awareness...
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Georgia's 2020 State of Hope Application Now Open (and deadline extended)!

Deborah Chosewood ·
Greetings Hope Givers, We are excited to announce that the third application round deadline for the State of Hope has been extended to May 1. The State of Hope (SoH) is a movement throughout Georgia to create communities where children are safe, thriving, and full of hope. Our mission is to cultivate family-centered support systems by connecting, equipping, and nurturing diverse community collaborators. State of Hope seeks to activate communities including nonprofits, philanthropies,...
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Hispanic Georgia High School Students Call HoPe Program a ‘Game Changer’ For Them (Youth Today)

By Michelle Azriel, May 6, 2020, Youth Today ATLANTA — What started out as an idea scrawled on a fast food napkin 10 years ago has evolved into an after-school program for Georgia Hispanic students boasting a 100% high school graduation rate. The Hispanic Organization Promoting Education (HoPe) is the brainchild of David Araya and Angela Hurtado. They were both Georgia undocumented high school students who fought against stereotypes and were resolved to rise above it and succeed. In 2009,...
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How Atlanta Is Turning Ex-Cons Into Urban Farmers [politico.com]

Alicia Doktor ·
TLANTA—On a 4-acre farm a few miles south of the Fulton County Jail, Abiodun Henderson swung a pickax into the soil at her feet. She kept at it until she was winded and sweating on this brisk October morning. Around her, 10 young men and women tentatively swung their own tools at the ground, loosening the soil for a set of raised beds where turmeric and ginger plants would grow inside a hoop house through the mild Georgia winter. “This is how deep we’re going!” Henderson shouted over to...
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Job Opportunity! Social Emotional Health Content Managers to support the national Resilience in School Environments (RISE) Initiative in partnership with Kaiser Permanente

Location: National (with preferences in Mid-Atlantic, Georgia, CA, WA, CO) We will be hiring up to 5 content managers from this position. All application questions are required and any application without adequate responses will not be considered. JOB SUMMARY The Content Manager is responsible for designing and delivering technical assistance and professional development and developing and sharing resources to schools that participate in the national Resilience in School Environments (RISE)...
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LETTER: Dealing with Adverse Childhood Experiences [mainstreetnews.com]

By Chuck Taylor, April 23,2020 Dear Editor: In the late nineties, the Kaiser institute completed a study called the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) study. The findings of the study demonstrated an association between physical, mental, and emotional health problems over a lifespan with childhood trauma such as abuse, witnessing domestic violence and neglect. The study showed that the more ACEs a person endured, the higher their probability of heart disease, cancer, lung disease and...
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Many Guns, Few Mental Health Services Drive High Rural Death Rate, Experts Say [youthtoday.org]

Alicia Doktor ·
Paul Reviere is sheriff of Lincoln County, a rural area with just under 8,000 people two hours east of Atlanta. In addition to maintaining safety, he gives what he calls “50-cent tours” to out-of-towners, showing off downtown Lincolnton. And there are lots of out-of-towners — people come to enjoy the nearby state park, the Savannah River and the 160 historic buildings. But Lincoln County is distinctive for something beyond these charms. It has the highest rate of firearm fatalities in...
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Medicaid Expansion Improved Health in Southern States: Study [thehill.com]

By Peter Sullivan, The Hill, January 7, 2020 A new study finds that Medicaid expansion improved people’s health in Southern states, resulting in fewer declines in people’s health. The study published in Health Affairs finds that Medicaid expansion made declines in health status 1.8 percentage points less likely in states that expanded the medical coverage. It examined 12 Southern states, including those that have accepted the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, like...
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New CDC Resource: Preventing ACEs

Chinyere Nwamuo ·
CDC Toolkit: Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Leveraging the Best Available Evidence Access other technical packages for violence prevention at: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/communicationresources/pub/technical-packages.html?deliveryName=USCDC_2023-DM9684
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Nine Simple Trauma-Informed Gestures for Educators

Eric Rossen, PhD, NCSP ·
The promotion of trauma-sensitive and trauma-informed schools has grown tremendously in education. Broadly speaking, trauma-informed schools maintain a framework whereby the entire school staff maintains awareness of the impacts of toxic stress and trauma, and strive to ensure that all students feel safe, supported, and connected. Such awareness and motivation among educators and caregivers to promote such a framework presents multiple opportunities to change the lives of students and help...
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Nurturing Communities Civic Dinners in Georgia Need You!

Deborah Chosewood ·
You’re invited to join communities across Georgia in a conversation exploring how safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments are essential to the healthy development of all children. April through June of 2018, over one hundred Civic Dinners will take place across Georgia with the aim of building a stronger social infrastructure among parents, families, and communities. The stories, ideas and feedback collected from these dinners will inform a statewide campaign led by the...
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Parenting During Coronavirus

Deborah Chosewood ·
The Prevention and Community Support Section of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, in partnership with Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, has added a webpage to our website with resources and links for families navigating these stressful times as parents. With the use of the Strengthening Families Protective Factors as a framework, we have made recommendations of things parents and caregivers can do to help reduce anxiety or stress. Read more here: ...
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Personal stories from witnesses, U.S. representatives provided an emotional wallop to House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on childhood trauma

Room erupts in applause for the grandmother of witness William Kellibrew during July 11 House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing. The power of personal stories from witnesses and committee members fueled the July 11 hearing on childhood trauma in the House Oversight and Reform Committee* throughout the nearly four hours of often emotional and searing testimony and member questions and statements (Click here for 3:47 hour video). The hearing was organized into a two panels—testimony from...
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Personal stories the set tone of hearing in U.S. Senate HELP Committee on Opioid Crisis Response Act

Jennifer Donahue, Delaware Office of the Child Advocate, testifies before the HELP Committee (Jennifer Perry to her right) ____________________________________________________________ Some seasoned advocates say legislators are influenced by stories while their staffs are swayed by data. There was some of both at the April 11 hearing on the draft Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 of the U.S. Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor & Pensions) Committee but it was the personal stories that...
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Prevent Child Abuse Georgia Resource for Families

Chinyere Nwamuo ·
New Tool to Support Families Children need stable and nurturing relationships and environments for healthy development. It takes parents, caregivers and RESOURCES to make that happen. Prevent Child Abuse Georgia has launched of the 1-800-CHILDREN Helpline companion tool. Find supportive programs near you on the interactive map! This tool contains over 3,000 organizations and programs around the state that support families. Use the Resource Map The Map Includes Resources For: Courts/ Criminal...
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Race/Related: A Death in Suburban Georgia [nytimes.com]

A cross placed by the mother of Ahmaud Arbery at the site where he was killed in Glynn County, Ga., in February. Credit... Richard Fausset/The New York Times [Photo is from earlier story about Mr. Arbery; see link below for original story.] By Jamie Stockwell, The New York Times, May 2, 2020 - With much of the nation on lockdown because of the coronavirus, the friends and family of Ahmaud Arbery worried that his death would go unnoticed. Mr. Arbery, 25, was running in a suburban neighborhood...
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Some 350 Florida Leaders Expected to Attend Think Tank with Dr. Vincent Felitti, Co-Principal Investigator of the ACE Study; Expert on ACEs Science

Leaders from across the Sunshine State will take part in a “Think Tank” in Naples, FL, on Monday, August 6, to help create a more trauma-informed Florida. The estimated 350 attendees will include policy makers and community teams made up of school superintendents, law enforcement officers, judges, hospital administrators, mayors, PTA presidents, child welfare experts, mental health and substance abuse treatment providers, philanthropists, university researchers, state agency heads, and...
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Structure of brain networks is not fixed (neurosciencenews.com)

Summary: Brain networks are spatially and functionally fluid, and not static, as previously believed. Source: Georgia State University The shape and connectivity of brain networks — discrete areas of the brain that work together to perform complex cognitive tasks — can change in fundamental and recurring ways over time, according to a study led by Georgia State University. The interaction and communication among neurons, known as “functionally connectivity,” gives rise to brain networks.
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Systems Are Not People-Shaped

Robin Saenger ·
A few weeks ago I was at a big kickoff event for a new county-wide project to address what our communities feel are the biggest concerns we face. It definitely had its moments and I was all eyes and ears ready to absorb new info and be inspired by the power of coming together for a purpose. One of the last things that I heard that morning was to show the promise of next steps – the speaker said that basically in order to do anything meaningful – you, of course, need a building which – good...
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The Coronavirus’s Unique Threat to the South [theatlantic.com]

More young people in the South seem to be dying from COVID-19. Why? By Vann R. Newkirk II The Atlantic, April 2, 2020 In a matter of weeks, the coronavirus has gone from a novel, distant threat to an enemy besieging cities and towns across the world. The burden of COVID-19 and the economic upheaval wrought by the measures to contain it feel epochal. Humanity now has a common foe, and we will grow increasingly familiar with its face. Yet plenty of this virus’s aspects remain unknown. The...
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"Warriors of HOPE" Series Continues This Sunday on "Breaking the Silence" Radio Program with Special Guest, Judge Steven Teske!

Dr. Gregory Williams ·
The fourth week of the 6-week "Warriors of Hope" event will continue this Sunday night at 8 pm Central Time on "Breaking the Silence with Dr. Gregory Williams" radio program. This 6-week event features six very special guests that will offer their insight on the power of HOPE in their lives and provide encouragement, wisdom and insight on the need for resilience in lives today. This series has resulted in praise from around the world from the listeners that have tuned in. This week's guest...
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We Are Living in the Age of the Black-Panic Defense [newyorker.com]

By Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker Magazine, May 9, 2020 The most basic conception of racial profiling holds that it is a form of institutionalized bias practiced by police departments in which the color of a person’s skin is considered a barometer of criminality. This idea is problematic enough on its face, but our experience in the eight years since Trayvon Martin ’s death has complicated this issue greatly. Martin was killed by a civilian—a self-appointed neighborhood watchman—who had no...
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Webinar: Cultivating Our Best Selves in Response to COVID-19 | Tuesday, March 17 at Noon PDT

Elaine Miller Karas ·
How to use the skills of the Community Resiliency Model (CRM) for self and others to be the calm in the storm as we face the unknown. Free Webinar Tuesday, March 17 at Noon PDT Speakers: Elaine Miller-Karas, LCSW Linda Grabbe, PhD, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC Zoom Webinar Registration Link: https://zoom.us/j/715837300 Additional ways to join are listed at the bottom of this post. About the webinar leaders: Elaine Miller-Karas is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Trauma Resource Institute and...
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Youth Suicide Prevention PSAs released in Georgia

Deborah Chosewood ·
So far this year, there have been 23 completed youth suicides in Georgia and countless more attempts. Please take a few minutes to watch the following videos on how you can help prevent even more injury and deaths. Taken from interviews with youth who have attempted suicide and their families, these videos shine a light on the needs of these young people. Then please share the video with any adult you know. It will take as many of us as possible, working together, to protect and support our...
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12 Myths of the Science of ACEs

The two biggest myths about ACEs science are: MYTH #1 — That it’s just about the 10 ACEs in the ACE Study — the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study . It’s about sooooo much more than that. MYTH #2 — And that it’s just about ACEs…adverse childhood experiences. These two myths are intertwined. The ACE Study issued the first of its 70+ publications in 1998, and for many people it was the lightning bolt, the grand “aha” moment, the unexpected doorway into a blazing new...
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2019 Trauma-Informed Care Training Day Event Summary

Author: Student Taskforce on ACEs and Resilience Board Members Decades of research have revealed the impacts of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma – or experiences that overwhelm a person’s ability to cope- on health. Chronic exposure to toxic stress can increase risk of chronic diseases, alter brain structure, impact all body systems, and affect an individual’s ability to learn and function at their full potential. There is a growing movement to equip people working in...
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ACEs Connection “Map the Movement” now includes an up-to-date section on laws and resolutions

Photo credit: Texasarchitects.org An updated map of laws and resolutions addressing ACEs science and trauma-informed policies is now available in the “Laws and Resolutions” section of Map the Movement (you can also find "Map the Movement" on the navigation bar on the ACEs Connection home page). The earliest law on the map was passed in the state of Washington in 2011, creating an ACEs science public-private partnership. The data base of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) is...
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ACEs science can prevent school shootings, but first people have to learn about ACEs science

The shooting in Florida isn’t only a gun regulation issue. It’s a systems change issue. All of our systems have to change their approach to changing behavior — whether it’s criminal, unhealthy or unwanted behavior — from a blame, shame and punishment approach, to one that is based in understanding, nurturing and healing….in other words, ACEs science.
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Addressing Breastfeeding, Coronavirus, and the Crisis of Child Abuse with one of the Nation's Top Pediatricians [wjbf.com]

By Marlena Wilson, WJBF, March 9, 2020 Sally Goza. From Adverse Childhood Experiences to protecting your child’s mental health. And, of course, you cannot turn on the television or the radio or pick up a newspaper without hearing about the coronavirus. Dr. Goza talks about it, how it impacts children, and what you need to know going forward to make sure that you keep your family in the best health possible. Brad Means: She is Dr. Sara Goza. Her friends, because she’s from the state of...
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Advanced Training on Trauma-Informed Practice

Jaime Moore ·
The Georgia Association for the Education of Young Children presents Building Bridges to Trauma Responsive Learning Environments and Trauma Sensitive Care
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Adverse Childhood Experiences and Protective Factors With School Engagement.

Jennifer Hossler ·
The latest edition of Pediatrics includes an article entitled, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Protective Factors With School Engagement. The abstract for the article is included below and I have uploaded the PDF to our video/downloads section under files. ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVES: To determine the associations of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and protective familial and community factors with school performance and attitudes in children ages 6 to 17. METHODS: A cross-sectional analysis...
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After Bryce Gowdy’s suicide, let’s elevate the conversation about poverty’s effects on youth | Commentary [The Orlando Sentinel]

By Shannon Green, The Orlando Sentinel, January 3, 2020 Are you going to be OK, mom? Shibbon Winelle said those were among the final words uttered by her son, Bryce Gowdy, before he left their motel room and stood in front of a freight train. Bryce, who was 17, died of suicide a week before the Deerfield Beach football star was due to start classes at Georgia Tech on a scholarship Jan. 6. Bryce, his mom and his brothers were homeless again, and family members said he wrestled with his...
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Be the Spark: Igniting trauma-informed change within our communities

Authors note: This piece is co-authored by @Lara Kain (ACEs Connection Staff) and @Cissy White (ACEs Connection Staff). Though we had never worked together or met, we were asked to co-present on creating t rauma-informed changes in communities by the Attachment Trauma Network for the first national (now annual) Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools Summit in Washington, DC. This article is an expanded essay version of that presentation). Be the Spark Oprah Winfrey helped mainstream discussion about...
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Connections Matter Training: Preventing and Mitigating ACEs

Julia Neighbors ·
Every day connections are more important than we ever believed . Science tells us that relationships have the power to shape our brains. Relationships help us learn better, work better, parent better. When we experience tough times or traumatic experiences, they help us heal . With each connection, we develop a healthier stronger community. Connections Matter Georgia is an in-person training designed to engage community members in building caring connections to: • Improve resiliency, •...
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Re: Thinking About Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Impacts Through a Science-Informed, Early Childhood Lens [developingchild.harvard.edu]

Deborah Chosewood ·
Thank you for sharing. We were just having this conversation this week in relation to our 2020 Georgia Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Plan. Great article!
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Re: Hurricane Dorian’s on the way. Florence taught us how to be resilient!

Thank you and an invitation to other communities affected by Dorian. Thank you Mebane, for this inspiring, helpful post and for allowing me to share it with other communities in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. As the Southeast Region community facilitator for ACEs Connection, I am praying for all in the path of this powerful hurricane, and all those who've already experienced its devastating impact. I have seen communities come together, as New Hanover County has, to...
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Re: Georgia ACEs Data Released

Great work to those that got this data collected and reported out. Congratulations, Georgia!!
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ACEs Champion Danette Glass says COVID-19 increases the need for trauma-informed communities

Sylvia Paull ·
Glass’s mission has always been to protect and foster the practice of nurturing children. That’s because she herself experienced at least five types of adverse childhood experiences, as measured in the original CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Study). If the scale could account for childhood adversity such as structural racism and community violence that’s more likely to occur in communities of color, her burden of ACEs is higher.
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Linda Grabbe: Helping her communities develop resilience through the Community Resilience Model

Sylvia Paull ·
Grabbe searched for models that would help her homeless and addicted patients. “There are good body-based models for psychotherapy, which may be the most effective approach for trauma,” she says, “but hardly any of my patients were receiving any kind of therapy. There are thousands of people in our communities who have high ACE scores who will never get the years of psychotherapy they deserve. CRM is a self-mental wellness care tool and is exquisitely trauma-sensitive—so it can help enormously.”
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Resilient Georgia and Georgia Public Broadcasting present "Mental Fitness for Resilience" Second Panel - The Trauma of Racism

Resilient Georgia recently presented a roundtable discussion, featuring a distinguished panel of professionals, on the trauma associated with racism and racial discrimination, as part of the Mental Fitness for Resilience Campaign. The distinguished panel for this Georgia Public Broadcasting production included Dr. Patrice Harris, MD, MA, psychiatrist and the first African-American woman to be elected president of the American Medical Association; Dr. Terri McFadden, a General Pediatrician...
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Help Navigating the Road to Community Resiliency

Becky Haas ·
The first time I ever heard the words trauma-informed care and the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study was in the summer of 2014. At the time, I was working for the local Police Department as the Director of a grant-funded Crime Reduction Project aimed at reducing drug-related and violent crime. Of the many program goals, one was to develop a rehabilitative corrections program for felony offenders with addictions in order to reduce recidivism. Though I’ve lived in this region for...
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Trauma-informed policing: Learn how three highly experienced community leaders strengthen ties between police and community

ACEs initiative participants in communities where there is tension between the community and law enforcement will want to join Becky Haas in a compelling conversation on law enforcement, ACEs science, COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement and protests. Haas is a nationally recognized adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) science initiative builder and trainer. She and colleagues Renee Wilson-Simmons, the head of the ACE Awareness Foundation of Memphis, Tennessee, and Maggi Duncan,...
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Georgia ACEs Data Release

Deborah Chosewood ·
Data shows that 3 in 5 Georgians have had at least one Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE). Why Should you Care? ACEs are linked to a variety of negative health and social outcomes in adults, can be generational, and are costly to all society. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), the Georgia Division of Family and Children’s Services’ Prevention and Community Support Section, and Georgia Essentials for Childhood would like to share a fact sheet summarizing the 2016 and 2018 Adverse...
 
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