The work of the Governor’s Office for Children and Families was recently cited in the Child Welfare Council of California’s report, “Ending the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: A Call for Multi-System Collaboration in California.” The purpose of the report was to provide research and guidance in implementing best practices to improve the state of California’s response in serving victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
The report acknowledged Georgia as the first state to lead a statewide approach in combating the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), and gave nod to the Governor’s Office for Children and Families (GOCF) as the agency charged in coordinating such efforts. Highlighting the success of GOCF, the California Child Welfare Council’s report acknowledged GOCF’s work in the collaboration of state agencies and how such partnerships have led to many achievements in serving victims. Some accomplishments of GOCF that were recognized included the convening and management of the statewide CSEC Taskforce, the creation and support of the Georgia Care Connection Office (established as the single point of entry for victims of CSEC), as well as leading the development of a statewide tracking system for CSEC victims involved in various child-serving agencies.
The Governor’s Office for Children and Families is appreciative for the recognition and support given by the state of California, and are excited to see efforts taking way nationwide to combat the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Connecting Georgia’s statewide response with other states and a blooming national response has long been a goal of GOCF. GOCF looks forward to assisting other states and collaborating together on this important issue.
For more information regarding GOCF’s work, please visit www.children.ga.gov. For information regarding the Georgia Care Connection Office, please visit www.georgiacareconnection.com. To view the full report please click here.