Call Our 24 Hour Hotline: 1-844-8GA-DMST

Our Program Services

24 HOUR HOTLINE
  • Georgia Cares manages a hotline for DMST in the State of Georgia.  This hotline is operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The hotline provides information to those who might be victims, assistance to law enforcement on the rescue of a victim, and referrals for victim assistance. Our hotline operators will assist the caller in coordinating emergency services at all hours of the day and night for youth who may be a victim of exploitation or trafficking.
  • If you or someone you know is a victim of child sex trafficking, please call us at (404) 602-0068.  If you are a provider or Law Enforcement and you need assistance with a victim, please call us at (404) 602-0068. 
 
CASE MANAGEMENT
  • Georgia Cares provides case management services to confirmed victims of child sex trafficking in Georgia. 
  • Case Management aims to assist a victim with navigating systems and attaining and improving access to needed services, with the highest quality of care. The connection and advocacy provides sufficient care and appropriate services to improve the lives of our victims.
  • Our case management involves the coordination of care, connection to services, advocacy, monitoring, discharge, and follow up.
  • If the child is from another state and is in the custody of that state, Georgia Cares can help facilitate services in another State other than Georgia.
     
EMERGENCY RESPONSE
  • Georgia Cares provides 24-hour support for emergency assistance and response.
  • Emergency response services includes the operation of the 24 hour hotline, individual support during times of crisis for Georgia Cares’ youth, and youth-centered safety planning aimed to empower youth to make appropriate decisions during emergencies.
  • Once a youth becomes a Georgia Cares’ youth, he/she works with their assigned Care Coordinator to engage in safety planning. This process includes youth identifying safety concerns, triggers, and supports needed to respond appropriately during times of crisis. The Care Coordinator solidifies the plan and ensures that the appropriate parties and/or providers are aware of the safety plan should an emergency occur.
  • For emergencies that occur by way of the  24 hour hotline, our hotline operators coordinate immediate services for confirmed victims including medical support, safe placement, and other applicable service to stabilize the youth.
  • For emergencies that occur with active Georgia Cares’ cases, the assigned Care Coordinator reviews the safety plan, coordinates emergency safety responses, notifies appropriate partners, and engages the resources and services needed to ensure safety.

SCREENING
  • Georgia Cares conducts research-informed screenings on all youth who are referred to Georgia Cares.  The purpose of the screening is to determine the youth’s involvement in child sex trafficking.
  • Youth that are referred to Georgia Cares without information to support possible child sex trafficking involvement are determined to be a level 1. Georgia Cares provides the referral source with contact information for applicable services.
  • Youth that are referred to Georgia Cares with one or more indicators of child sex trafficking, but have no definite confirmation of involvement, are determined to be a level 2. These youth receive our research based assessment to determine the level of involvement in exploitation/trafficking. Following the screening, if a youth is determined to be a victim, he/she will become a Georgia Cares’ youth. If the youth is determined to be at-risk of child sex trafficking, he/she will receive a connected referral to preventative resources and services.
  • Youth referred to Georgia Cares that have reliable information that a youth was or is a victim of child sex trafficking are determined to be a level 3. These youth receive our research based assessment and become a Georgia Cares’ youth.

RESEARCH BASED ASSESSMENT
  • Georgia Cares administers a research based assessment both to youth that are confirmed victims of exploitation, or for youth that have one or more indicators that child sex trafficking is occurring.
  • The research based assessment is a tool that not only gathers information pertinent to the youth’s involvement in child sex trafficking, but also assess the holistic needs and strengths of each youth.
  • This assessment tool is administered at prescribed intervals during a youth’s involvement with Georgia Cares, and quantitatively tracks each youth’s success over the course of their recovery. 

INDIVIDUAL CARE AND SERVICE PLANNING
  • Georgia Cares provides individual care and service planning to all confirmed victims of child sex trafficking.
  • Individual care planning is conducted with each youth’s input. Youth work with a Care Coordinator to identify goals, interests, and supports that the youth identifies are needed in order to be successful. Utilizing the youth’s input, Care Coordinators connect the appropriate services needed to support the youth’s goals.
  • Georgia Cares works to ensure that these plans are holistic and comprehensive.  Georgia Cares utilizes the dimensions of Child Well-Being to ensure that all needs of youth are being addressed to ensure we are serving the whole child.

COORDINATION OF SERVICES
  • Georgia Cares coordinates services for youth that are victims of child sex trafficking.
  • Services are selected based on the individual needs of the youth. Care Coordinators are responsible for identifying appropriate service providers, ensuring a successful engagement of the youth with the services, and assessing the success of the services in meeting the needs of the youth.

MONITORING AND MENTORING
  • Georgia Cares provides oversight to service delivery and engages in the delivery of the Mentor Program.
  • Georgia Cares’ youth who have been identified as needing a positive, sustainable support will be linked with a Georgia Cares’ Mentor.
  • Georgia Cares’ Mentors provide specific and individualized services such as tutoring, financial planning and job readiness.
  • Mentors are located across Georgia and work with youth for at least 12 months. 

FOLLOW UP AND SAFETY PLANNING
  • Georgia Cares supports the positive transitioning of youth upon successfully meeting their goals.
  • When a youth is eligible for transition, they will receive comprehensive transition planning. Youth will work with their Care Coordinator to develop a Staying Well Plan and Safety Plan to support and empower the youth to make positive and safe decisions by relying on the formal and informal supports that they have been connected with.
  • Once a youth has successfully transitioned from Georgia Cares services, they will receive a follow up phone call every 6 months for at least a year. Georgia Cares staff make contact with the youth, parents/caretakers, and pertinent agencies/organizations in order to ascertain whether and to what extent the youth’s recovery is continuing.

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