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Strong and Stable Families

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Why It Matters

There were 9,636 substantiated cases of child maltreatment in 2021.
Children thrive when they grow up in safe, stable, and nurturing environments. To support the children in the state welfare system and to prevent more from entering, it is essential Georgia has reliable, effective, and proactive systems in place to protect children. Policies and programs that strengthen families, prevent abuse and neglect, and provide effective treatments for victims of abuse and neglect are critical to ensure positive outcomes for kids.
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Where Georgia Stands

19%

of kids live in poverty

36,579

K-12 students experienced homelessness in the 2021-2022 school year.

54%

of the state's homeless students in 2021-2022 were Black

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Our Priorities

Highlights of Our Priorities

Advocating for adequate funding and sound implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA)

Disrupting generational cycles of poverty

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Progress for Georgia's Kids

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Eligible state workers can receive paid parental leave following the birth of a baby, adoption, or fostering of a child under 18.

In 2023, House Bill 146 provided eligible state workers the ability to take a maximum of 120 hours of paid leave during a rolling 12-month period, which can be used as needed and taken in increments of less than 8 hours. 

In 2024, legislators doubled that amount. Eligible state workers will have the opportunity to take up to 240 hours (or 6 weeks) of paid leave. Eligible workers include state employees, as well as local board of education employees, including teachers.

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