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Questions about Treatment Foster Care and Referrals?

Please contact Kennedy Smith, Family Resource Specialist
404-875-4551 ext 159

Treatment Foster Care In Atlanta, GA

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Hillside Connections was developed as a Treatment Foster Care program to meet the needs of children with emotional and behavioral challenges who are between the ages of 5 and 21. Many of these children have had chaotic childhood experiences with little or no exposure to stable family environments and thus need an opportunity to learn family living skills.

Top Foster Care in Atlanta, GA

The average number of children in the foster care system in Georgia each day is 12,700. Most of the children in foster care need to be protected by the state and removed from an unhealthy or dangerous living situation.
Each day, the state receives about 200 reports of child abuse or neglect, and 33 of those are confirmed cases. In 2014, 99 Georgia children died from abuse and neglect. A majority of the children who die from those circumstances are under the age of three.
Most of the children who enter the foster care system come from untenable family situations. They lack any real support structure or stability in their lives. Children spend an average of 20.4 months with a foster care agency in Georgia, and it can be a transient lifestyle without nurturing connections or roots in the community.
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Connections at Hillside

Our Connections program at Hillside is one of the few foster care programs in Georgia that focuses on children with special emotional needs. The program was designed to provide stability for these children by pairing them with families who are trained and supported to welcome them.
Even ending up in a foster care agency in Georgia can cause children who do not already have behavior issues to develop them. Either way, though, children in the foster system who are dealing with mental health issues are less likely to find the stable family life they need to grow into independent, productive adults.
Through our Connections program, Hillside provides children in foster care with the added services they need to be successful. We work with families to understand the needs of foster kids and support their desire to provide the loving, nurturing home these children are missing.
Children who are referred to our Connections program will have an opportunity to tell their story and talk about their strengths and needs with Hillside’s Connections staff. These strengths and needs will be taken into consideration when identifying a family and creating a positive match that seems like a potential fit.
Once a child enters the Connections program, he or she will have an opportunity to visit with the selected family and begin developing a relationship during a pre-placement process to determine if the child and family are a good match for each other. A team is developed to monitor the success of the placement, and a specific staff member is designated to work with the child and family on developing the skills needed to regulate emotions, crisis intervention skills, and, when appropriate, independent living skills. Community-based mental health agencies will be identified to help address the child’s emotional and behavioral needs.
Our staff will also advocate for any educational needs and develop a plan for success towards completion of high school. Our full treatment team will meet regularly to develop goals to continue to work towards the child’s success.

Become a Foster Parent today!

Have you ever considered doing something to help your community? Have you ever thought: “I am really good with children?” Have you ever considered that the key to our country’s success is our youth? If you answered yes to any of these questions – we need you!
We are looking for professional parents who want to join our team in partnership by opening their homes to become a therapeutic foster parent. We will work with you to complete the 10 week training program designed to give you the tools you will need to successfully parent children and youth previously traumatized by abuse and neglect. You won’t be in this alone as we believe the success of the program has everything to do with the team we build to work with each individual youth.


-High School Diploma or equivalent
-Driver’s license, reliable transportation, and automobile insurance
-Financially stable with source of income sufficient to meet the current needs of your household
-A flexible schedule to provide supervision of the youth when not in school
-Criminal history check for all adult household members
-No history of confirmed child abuse, neglect or abandonment
-All household members must pass a medical exam
-A drug screen is required for all household members 18 and over
We also are looking for parents who would like to open their homes on weekends and for short time periods to parent a youth in the program who is in need of respite care. Respite services give much-needed breaks to families who are full time caretakers for youth with emotional and behavioral problems.

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