Child Abuse Prevention Month

Jackson County Division of Family & Children Services

The Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) is responsible for welfare and employment support, protecting children, foster care and other services to strengthen families.

For information about the services that DFCS provides, please visit:

Jackson County DFCS Office:
456 Athens Street, P. O. Box 526
Jefferson, Georgia 30549-0526
Phone: 706-367-3000
Fax: 706-367-3044

Jackson County Family Connection

The Family Connection collaborative serves as the local decision-making body, bringing community partners together to develop, implement, and evaluate plans that address the serious challenges facing Georgia’s children and families.

All people in Jackson County will be safe, strong, healthy, educated, and supportive. The entire community will be included in the process and through our efforts we will have a unified community.

About Family Connection
We are part of Family Connection, a Georgia statewide initiative of 159 community collaborative partnerships committed to making measurable improvements for children and families in Georgia.

– Healthy Children
– School Readiness
– School Success
– Self-Sufficient Families
– Strong Communities

Mailing Address:
P O Box 883
Jefferson, GA 30549-0883

Niki Adams
Phone: 706-367-3021
Fax: 706-367-3044

The Ark of Jackson County, Inc.

Mission Statement:
The Ark of Jackson County strives to
– Help people in need…
sometimes financially
sometimes emotionally
sometimes spiritually
– Give referrals to other HELP agencies
– Offer practical advice
– Provide a safe haven
– Listen
– Show compassion
– Respect all neighbors and one another
– Empower people

Founded by four members of the Jackson County faith community in late 1995, the Ark has been in continuous operation since January 1996, operating out of Thurman Hall of the Jefferson Presbyterian Church.
Carolyn Townes, one of the founders of the Ark, has served as a volunteer since the beginning. She now serves as Director Emeritus of the Ark.
The Ark is now open Wednesdays from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. to help Jackson County residents in neeed when an emergency has threatened their ability to meet their monthly household obligations.
The Ark also tries to help each Jackson County neighbor with referrals to other agencies such as food banks, clothing closets, and other help agencies as well as provide basic budget counseling and aid in seeking employment.

Rules of Operation
– Neighbors can be helped only once in a calendar year
– Neighbors must be experiencing an emergency situation such as illness in the family, loss of hours of work, or loss of job
– Will make a partial payment towards a qualifying bill IF the neighbor can return within a month with the means to complete the payment OR a receipt showing that the balance has been paid AND if the Ark currently has funds
– We assist with bills for water, gas or electric power, rent to prevent eviction, prescriptions (NO controlled substances), or you may receive a voucher for gasoline from a designated vendor
– Checks are made payable only to the official vendor and mailed or delivered by an Ark associate

Physical Address:
Jefferson Presbyterian Church
243 Washington Street
Jefferson, GA 30549


Action, Inc.

Jackson County Action Community Services Block Grant Programs:

Family Empowerment
-Provides case management geared toward guiding and aiding families to become self-sufficient. Also offers educational workshops.

Crisis Prevention/Intervention and Emergency Assistance
-Crisis counseling, referrals and financial assistance available to eligible households to help prevent eviction, foreclosure, and energy source cut-off.

Emergency Food Pantry Program
-Provides emergency food bags to Jackson County (also in Greene, Morgan, Oglethorpe, and Walton Counties).

Employment-Job Connection
-Job counseling and job search services are available at each Community Service Center office by appointment. Clients have the opportunity to access a Community Service Center computer for job search and to apply for job openings online.

Independant Living for Seniors/Senior Grocery Bag/Brown Bag
-Provides non-emergency food bags to low income senior households in Jackson County (also in Barrow, Greene, Morgan, Oconee, and Walton counties).

Fall/Summer Gardening Program
-Provides vegetable garden seeds, plants, and fertilizer to eligible households to offset high cost of monthly food bills. Serves Jackson County (also in Greene, Madison, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Walton, Clarke, and Barrow counties).

Youth Scholarships
-By referral provides scholarships to eligible local youth to participate in enrichment programs year round.

Weatherization Intake Service
-Community Service County Managers complete intake for the Weatherization Program

GED Scholarships
-By referral provides financial scholarships to eligible individuals completeing in GED program to help pay for GED testing.

Located at:
67 Athens Street, Jefferson, GA 30549
Contact Information:
Main Phone Number: (706) 367-9599
Alternate Phone Number: (706) 387-7655
Hours of Operation:
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
(Lunch is taken from 12:00 noon until 1:00 pm)

Clients are seen by appointment only so please call (706) 367-9599 to arrange for an appointment with our staff. If you are visiting our offfice, please ring the doorbell for service.

Pathways Transition Programs

Pathways Transition Programs provides Medicaid funded counseling (all types of Medicaid) and skill development services to children, adolescents, and their families suffering from a variety of emotional &/or behavioral issues and disorders. They work extensively with children and adolescents with histories of abuse, neglect, maltreatment, and instability in the home. Pathways collaborates with children and families to help them learn to manage acting out behaviors; trauma related symptoms, attachment issues, as well as mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder (among other disorders). Most of their services take place in the home, school, and community. The clinicians and staff work to collaborate with schools and other community partners to assist our clients and their families in accomplishing positive changes. For clients who prefer an in-office experience, Pathways has 3 available offices: their main office is in Decatur, and a satellite office in Buford and Covington.

I have attached a page with additional information about Pathways’ services

Pathways Information

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