By Carlis V. Williams serves as the Southeast Regional Administrator, Region IV, Atlanta, Georgia
The Southeast Regional Office of the Administration for Children and Families in Atlanta, is aggressively promoting ACF’s national vision to make a positive difference in the lives of our nation’s most vulnerable children and families. To accomplish this we are hosting and participating in conferences and forums designed to showcase and promote current research, evidenced-based programs and best practices proven to maximize positive outcomes. Let me ention two recent examples:
Participants discussed the gaps in research, service and policy implications, and suggested recommendations for actions. Forum outcomes included empowerment of local practitioners to incorporate innovative and effective strategies into their programs, and assistance to researchers in identifying areas meriting future research. Over 130 stakeholders were in attendance. A proceedings document is forthcoming.
We must act boldly and wisely. We must seek out innovative evidence-based solutions in promoting Healthy Marriages and Responsible Fatherhood strategies. Though at times the land may seem barren, we must continue to plant new seeds, to water the young ideas and innovations that emerge, and to harvest the fruits of more effective outcomes for the un-served and underserved families of our society.
Carlis V. Williams serves as the Southeast Regional Administrator, Region IV, Atlanta, Georgia. The Southeast Region includes 8 states: Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, North and South Carolina, Mississippi and Florida. Carlis provides executive leadership, coordination and direction for ACF human service programs that include Head Start, Child Welfare, Foster Care, Adoption, Child Care, Developmental Disabilities, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Child Support, and Runaway and Homeless Youth.