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Guiding Principles

Our guiding principles aim to apply our mission, vision, and core beliefs in everyday practice.  These principles serve as direction towards strategic implementation of programs, practices, services, and supports.

We believe in:

  • Holistic Child Well-Being
    The dimensions of child well-being underpin the daily functions of work at Georgia Cares.  We believe that healthy youth development focuses on the whole  child,  addressing all domains of well- being: Psychological, Emotional/Spiritual, Educational, Physical, Social, and Self Efficacy. A holistic approach is established upon the understanding that each individual defines his or her own journey. Each youth chooses their own path to wellbeing; their path to recovery is respected and valued.
  • Survivor-Centered Approach
    At Georgia Cares, each child’s needs are individualized, prioritized, and addressed without judgment.  We promote an environment that recognizes the copious human responses to trauma and being.
  • Cultural Awareness
    We strive to develop insight into different cultural norms and practices.  We are committed to accepting and respecting these differences, and incorporating these into individualized care plans for victims of child sex trafficking.
  • Innovation
    We promote forward thinking and inventive practices for service to victims and eventually, an end to child sex trafficking.  This approach allows us to strengthen our impact and utilize creative and out-of-the box thinking to set standards of practice and service.  Inspired and visionary thinking generate positive solutions and possibilities for our victims.  It is our hope to push the boundaries of what is possible through innovation.
  • Research and Evidence- Informed Practice
    We commit to being guided by research and evaluation; always adhering to and setting high-quality standards for our work. We actively integrate the best available research with victim experiences, community input, and professional expertise. We strive to continually enhance our work through evaluation and dissemination of outcomes and results.
  • Sustainability
    We implement program practices that cultivate individual and community safety and health.  We maintain effective impact through utilization of available resources, partnerships, and data to sustain program practices. By efficiently and effectively utilizing our available resources we strive to maximize the outcomes of our efforts. Our goal is to achieve sustainable and long lasting results for the victims and communities we serve.
  • Integrity
    We uphold honesty and accountability in our work.  The basis of our organization is a strong work ethic rooted in an adherence to morals and ethical obligations.  We believe in instilling the core values set forth in the NASW Code of Ethics, including service, social justice, dignity, integrity, importance of relationships and competence.  These values ensure that victims receive individualized and appropriate services and support throughout their journey of recovery and treatment.
  • Partnership and Collaboration
    We truly believe that we are stronger together.  Georgia Cares maintains that collective efforts create greater impact.   We believe in working cooperatively in the effort to end child sex trafficking.   We work to establish a continuum of service delivery for the State of Georgia, making use of existing organizations and service partners to fill gaps and address needs.  We believe in the utilization of a collaborative approach, building diverse partnerships to support the ever expanding needs and differences of the population we serve. Social change and societal response occur when individuals act together towards a common goal.
  • Transparency
    We believe in the sharing of information to enhance practices and work towards the shared mission of eradicating child trafficking. We commit to this exchange of information to foster accountability, collaboration, and promising practices.
 

About Georgia Cares

Georgia Cares is a non- profit 501(c)(3) entity. We are the state coordinating agency connecting services and supports for child victims of sex trafficking and exploitation. We strive to bring hope, build resilience, and give every child the opportunity to thrive.

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Contact Us

P.O. Box 724197
Atlanta, Georgia 31139

1-844-8GA-DMST
24-Hour Hotline

404-602-0068 Admin
404-371-1030 Fax
admin@gacares.org