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Chapter 97-4 GRANT PROGRAMS

Rule 97-4-.01 The Family Connection

(1) Purpose of Program. The Family Connection is a collaborative effort of the Departments of Education, Human Resources, Medical Assistance, Juvenile Justice, and local communities. Emphasis is placed on increasing school completion and reducing the incidence of teen pregnancy, substance abuse, and juvenile delinquency through strong family, community, and school linkages.
(2) Terms and Conditions. Competitive one-year grants were first awarded to four Family Connection Sites in the winter of 1993. Continuation grants for existing programs are made each year. Additional grants are awarded through a competitive process.
(3) Eligible Recipients. Family Connection Sites with existing contracts are eligible for continuation funding. Other Family Connection Sites are eligible to apply for funding through a competitive process.
(4) Criteria for Award.
(a) Continuation funding will be awarded to Family Connection Sites with existing contracts based on the demonstrated success of their programs.
(b) Additional juvenile delinquency programs will be funded based on an application process open to Family Connection Sites who do not already have contracts through this program. Proposals will be prepared and submitted to the Department which include:
1. A statement of need indicating the need for delinquency prevention services expressed in quantitative terms.
2. Program goals and objectives which focus on early intervention, prevention, family-centered comprehensive services, at-risk adolescents and their families and community capacity building in delinquency prevention.
3. Program descriptions outlining activities such as school-based prevention activities, family-centered support services, youth empowerment activities, or capacity-building efforts for community delinquency prevention efforts.
(5) Directions and Deadlines for Applying. Deadlines for applications will be announced each year after the adjournment of the General Assembly. Requests for information regarding the process should be directed to the Department of Juvenile Justice, Office of Prevention, Program Development and Evaluation, 2 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3139.