Lo­cal DFCS Board awarded “Board of the Year” by State of Ge­or­gia

Calhoun Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Brandi Owczarz

The Gor­don County Depart­ment of Fam­ily and Chil­dren Ser­vices Board of Di­rec­tors was re­cently named “Board of the Year” by the State of Ge­or­gia.

“There are many ex­am­ples of their gen­uine sup­port and ad­vo­cacy that go above and be­yond,” said Gor­don County DFCS Di­rec­tor Rachel Brooks in a let­ter to the State of Ge­or­gia Di­vi­sion of Fam­ily and Chil­dren Ser­vices. She pointed out that one of the board mem­bers had re­cently chal­lenged his school to raise money to help sup­port a trip to the At­lanta Zoo for Fos­ter Care Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Day, a re­gional event that in­cluded around 500 fos­ter chil­dren and fos­ter par­ents. The school raised $2,100 and demon­strated “a com­mit­ment to sup­port our fos­ter par­ents and chil­dren, not only in Gor­don County but across the re­gion.”

Brooks also men­tioned a board mem­ber who raised money to spon­sor youth fos­ter chil­dren for Christ­mas by chal­leng­ing Real­tors from var­i­ous agen­cies to do­nate to youth in the fos­ter care sys­tem.

The Board, said Brooks, al­ways sup­ports DFCS staff by “do­ing spe­cial things to en­sure morale is high within the of­fice,” by pro­vid­ing sup­port for such things as a spe­cial em­ployee ap­pre­ci­a­tion day, a Christ­mas lun­cheon, ap­prov­ing ex­pen­di­tures for lunch-an­dlearn train­ings and at­tend­ing GHPSA con­fer­ences and events, in­clud­ing leg­isla­tive re­cep­tions.

Pic­tured, above left, Gor­don County DFCS Board mem­bers Dianne Kirby, chair­per­son; Bruce Potts, vice chair; Tony Pyle and Sheila Call­away stand with Gor­don County DFCS Di­rec­tor Rachel Brooks and, right photo, the Board with the staff of Gor­don County DFCS. Not pic­tured, Board mem­ber Mitch Tal­ley.

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BRANDI OWCZARZ / Staff

BRANDI OWCZARZ / Staff

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