38 Full-Time and 2 Interns as of December 2015.
A continuum of private providers that provide placement and support services for at-risk youth and families throughout the state of Georgia.
Largely through state contracts and grants. We do get some donations throughout the year as well. If we received more funding, we would be able to extend our successful approach to even more at-risk children.
We are similar only in that we staff youth for placements. MAAC is able to customize services and supports for our youth due to our relationship with private providers and independent contractors. Also, only one application is needed to access the services of all of our contracted agencies.
For this search, CSSP looked for initiatives that are exemplary in their ability to build protective and promotive factors that reduce risks and enhance healthy development for youth involved in the child welfare system (i.e.,foster care, prevention or post-placement services). Exemplary efforts: are innovative and go beyond the basics to do something exceptional; track and use data to assess program's impact on youth; show evidence of effectiveness; use a strengths-based approach; have developed systems and infrastructure to support the initiative; and are attuned to the needs of diverse racial/ethnic groups and to LGBTQ populations.
The search started with an open, online request for nominations that CSSP widely distributed to individuals and networks familiar with youth-serving programs. Nominated programs went through an extensive application and review process which included submitting detailed written information, a telephone interview and a site visit. The search was conducted by CSSP staff, consultants and youth advisors. An expert panel provided guidance on the process.