NTF Georgia Hosts 12th Annual Foster Caregiver Appreciation Luncheon

On October 19th, Neighbor To Family hosted its 12th annual Foster Caregiver Appreciation Luncheon and Awards Show.

The Masquerade and Mystery themed event was attended by over 100 stylishly dressed guests who joined in the fun with suits, gowns and masks. The Master of Ceremonies, Jody Howard, Georgia’s Director of Education and Support Services, kept the event lively and fun, Tony Everett, President/CEO and Dr. Jamila Hankins, Vice-President of Georgia and Maryland Programs, spoke of Neighbor To Family’s appreciation for the commitment to excellence and standard of care shown to the children we serve.

This year saw the creation of a new award category. In addition to our traditional, Rising Star, Foster Caregiver in a Supporting Role, and County Foster Caregiver of the Year awards, the prestigious Georgia Foster Caregiver of the Year award will serve as the crown jewel of our awards and is eligible to all Neighbor To Family Georgia Foster Caregivers. Our premiere recipient  was Ms. Darlene Campbell of the Dekalb/Fulton region. Ms. Campbell has been a Foster Caregiver with Neighbor To Family for over 11 years and in that time has had over 50 children in her home. In addition to setting the gold standard in the areas of timely documentation completion, training, and meeting all basic needs, Ms. Campbell’s real strength is in her ability to manage difficult situations, advocate for the children in her home, and help the children feel loved and safe.  We are so proud and happy to have Ms. Campbell as part of our team!

Thanks to amazing support from our Community Sponsors, every Foster Caregiver who attended left with at least one door prize.

Prizes included, gift baskets, a free rental car weekend, jewelry, cosmetics, home décor and family entertainment fun packs, and gift cards that ranges from $25 to $200.

The event appeared to be a huge success and we can’t wait to do it again next year!

New CQI Plan for FY 17-18

NTF’s annual Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Plan is our GPS. It’s a navigational tool that guides our quality process: where we’re going, how we’ll get there, how we’ll know when we’re there, and how we might have made the trip better.

Please make the journey with your colleagues. NTF has a big bus that can seat us all. We all have the responsibility to look for smarter and better ways to perform our work. Help the driver and your fellow passengers by becoming involved. Read the plan, discuss it with your supervisor or others in team meetings, participate in your program’s local CQI meetings, and take part in the satisfaction survey process when the time comes.  

If you have ideas for improvement, remember that NTF has a link on EmpNet to submit suggestions. Or you may contact Gaye James, Vice President of CQI and Training (gaye.james@ntf.org). 
Let’s make this year’s road trip the best ever! 



Give and Go with the Jacksonville Jaguars!


 Give and Go is your chance to get the best deal on Jaguars tickets in town while supporting Neighbor To Family! For every ticket you purchase to any of the Jaguars’ 2017 regular season home games through the secure Give and Go site, you automatically donate $10 to the Jacksonville NTF Program. Click below to see available games and ticket prices!


Donation for Foster Parent Luncheon

Great job General Smoot on securing a $500 donation from Mercedes Benz of South Atlanta! The donation will go to support the upcoming Foster Parent Appreciation Luncheon in Atlanta on October 19th!

General Smoot and Michael Higham, General Manager – Mercedes Benz of South Atlanta (Sept.12, 2017)








Congratulations Gerome Rackley!

FL Dependency Summit Conference in Orlando, FL on 8/30/17

From left to right- Lee Kaywork- FSSNF CEO, Melinda Brown- GAL Executive Director, Furman Jackson- DCF CPI, Gerome Rackley- NTF Family Care Manager, Patricia Medlock- NE Regional Managing Director.

 NTF staff member Gerome Rackley received the “Protecting the Light Award”. Gerome is a Family Care Manager in the Jacksonville FAST program. Gerome was working with the CPI on a case where the mother overdosed. They worked closely together to ensure she received treatment and was able to keep her child and has remained drug free.





Appointment of new Chief of Staff

Jamie Akins









From Tony Everett, President/CEO Neighbor To Family

I am pleased to announce the appointment of James L. (Jamie) Akins as Chief of Staff, effective September 16, 2017.  Jamie replaces Greg Milliken, who will retire September 15th after 13 years with NTF.  

Jamie began employment with Neighbor To Family in 2005, starting as a Case Manager at NTF-Daytona Beach.  He was promoted to Supervisor in 2009, Executive Director in 2010, and Vice President of Florida Programs in 2015.  In his new role, he will supervise Human Resources, CQI & Training, and Marketing/Development, in addition to responsibilities with the Cabinet, Board of Directors, and NTF legal issues.  Jamie holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Central Florida.