• Making a professional commitment to provide services so that foster children can soar to great heights.

  • Great Heights Foster Care, Inc.

    Great Heights Foster Care, Inc. is a licensed Child Placement Agency (CPA) and established 501(c)(3) non-profit in the State of Georgia. Great Heights is contracted with the state to provide services to children and youth (ages 0-21) in foster care who, for one reason or another, cannot safely remain in their primary caregiver’s home. We evaluate and train individuals and couples interested in being approved as foster parents and commit to work in the best interest of the child and ensure their safety, permanency, and well-being. Fundraising, community outreach, and awareness efforts are also a part of Great Heights' mission to send children into the world ready to soar.

    "The courage to soar to great heights is inside all of us."

    Kerri Strug​

  • SERVICES

    Great Heights seeks to offer foster families quality support and communication with love and integrity so that we can efficiently provide child placement services to foster children and youth.

     

    Foster Care

    The Child Welfare Information Gateway defines foster care as "a temporary service provided by states for children who cannot live with their families."

     

    Great Heights is invested in welcoming, training, and approving foster parents to care for children and youth in the custody of the state, ages 0-21, with various needs and backgrounds. Great Heights seeks to support foster parents in a warm and loving environment created with integrity, ethics and a knowledge of the system and child development.

     

    If you are interested in learning more about fostering we would love to hear from you; contact information is in the "contact us" section.

    Adoption

    The primary goal during foster care is almost always to have a child or youth reunited with the family members from whom they were removed; however, the reality is that sometimes this is not possible. Adoption from foster care becomes the focus of a child or youth's case when it is determined that they can no longer be safely reunited with the family they were removed from, despite the best efforts of all involved.

     

    In such cases Great Heights will aid in the facilitation of the adoption process for families adopting a child in the foster care system.

     

    If you are interested in learning more please don't hesitate to reach out.

    Home Studies

    A Home Study is an extensive evaluation of the applicant(s) and their home; it is a required part of the process to becoming a foster or adoptive parent.

     

    Great Heights completes Home Studies to Great Heights applicants at no cost.

     

    Great Heights also offers Home Study services to outside individuals at a predetermined fee. Please contact us for further information.

    Training

    Great Heights offers IMPACT, the 24-hour training program required for applicants to be approved as foster or adoptive parents, from certified IMPACT trainers. IMPACT is an acronym for Initial Interest, Mutual Selection, Pre-Service Training, Assessment, Continuing Development, and Teamwork and is designed to provide education on how to best care for a child in foster care.

     

    IMPACT includes the following:

    • Introduction to IMPACT • Family Centered Practice and Partnership Parenting •

    • Overview of Child Protective Services, Foster Care, and the Adoption Process •

    • Placement to Permanency • Forever Families: Adoption •

    • Partnership Parent Families and Birth Family Connections • Impact of Trauma on Child Development •

    • Separation, Grief, and Loss • Attachment •

    • Educational and Mental Health Needs of Children •

    • The Hard Conversation: Sexual Abuse and Sexuality •

    • Encouraging and Managing Healthy Behavior • Trans-Cultural Parenting •

    • Preparing for Placement • "Up Close and Personal: Sharing the Experience" •

  • BECOMING A FOSTER PARENT

    1

    Schedule a one-on-one 1.5 hour Initial Orientation so you can learn more about fostering and Great Heights as an agency.

    2

    Take at least a night/day and up to 60 days* to decide if you want to move forward with the application process.

    *After 60 days you will need to complete the orientation over again.

    3

    Request an application to complete and submit at your own pace.

    4

    Complete and pass screenings. The following is checked and evaluated:

    • Child Abuse/CPS History
    • Criminal Record History
    • Department of Corrections
    • Drug Screen
    • Medical Evaluation
    • Board of Pardons and Parole
    • Sex Offender Registry
    5

    Schedule and complete the Home Study.*

    *Minimum of 3 visits in your home.

    6

    Complete the 24-hour IMPACT training program.

    7

    A letter is issued notifying you of your approval status.

    8

    Once you are approved you are ready to welcome children into your home!

  • Did you know that at no extra cost to you, you can also support Great Heights when you shop on Amazon?*

    Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. You can choose from thousands of organizations and we would love for you to consider putting us on your account. See below for setup instructions.

    *Since donations are made at no cost to you they are not eligible for tax deduction.

    YOUR COMPUTER

    1. From your computer, click the button above, or go to smile.amazon.com;
    2. Login and choose Great Heights Foster Care as your organization;
    3. Bookmark smile.amazon.com (or you can download a shortcut);
    4. Moving forward use the bookmark/shortcut to login to Amazon;
    5. Now your eligible purchases support Great Heights!

    YOUR APPLE MOBILE DEVICE (iPhone/iPad)

     

    If you shop in your internet browser and not the app, you can setup the same way as on your computer.

    1. From your phone's Safari internet browser click the button to the left, or go to smile.amazon.com;
    2. Login and choose Great Heights Foster Care as your organization.
    3. Click the square button with an arrow at the bottom of your screen and swipe till you see "Add to Home Screen" (an Amazon button will appear on your home screen);
    4. If you have the Amazon app, delete it (this will not delete your account or anything in it;
    5. Moving forward, use the new button to open Amazon (it will open the internet, but will operate like the app).
    6. Now your eligible purchases support Great Heights!

    YOUR ANDROID MOBILE DEVICE

     

    If you shop in your internet browser and not the app, you can setup the same way as on your computer.

    1. If you shop in the app, do so normally, but checkout on the internet (your cart will remain the same across each platform).
    2. Now your eligible purchases support Great Heights!
  • SUPPORTERS

  • CONTACT US

    3340 Peachtree Road - Building 100 • Suite 1800 - Atlanta, GA 30326

    770.334.9373

    Monday - Friday

    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    If you plan to stop by please call ahead as staff members may be in the field.

  • If you would prefer to reach out via e-mail, please fill out all fields below and a staff member will respond as soon as possible.

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    If you have a concern for the safety 0r well-being of a child in the State of Georgia you can make a report to the CPS Centralized Communication Center at:

    1-855-GA-CHILD (1-855-422-4453).

    (You can remain anonymous if you choose.)