Resources for Pickens County

DFCS Office

County Director – Heidi Smith
1258 E. Church Street, Jasper, GA 30143
Direct Office Number (706) 692-4701

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FaithBridge Online Training FaithBridgeU

If you have a pool, lake, pond, creek, river, or other body of water on your property, a water safety certification course must be completed annually. Online certification courses can be found at or


Hope 4 Tomorrow Mentoring Program (through Foster Care Support Foundation) (Serves all counties)
Jordan Rayburn, Hope 4 Tomorrow Mentoring Coordinator
Cell: 770-317-3749


CAPS- Childcare and Parent Services
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SE
Suite 670, East Tower
Atlanta, GA 30334
1-833-4GACAPS (1-833-442-2277)

The CAPS program in Georgia provides assistance to foster parents in paying for licensed child care services. Individual facilities must be licensed and approved, as well as accept CAPS as a form of payment for foster parents to utilize this service. Below is a list of daycares that have, at the time of posting, accepted CAPS payments. This is NOT an all-inclusive list. Below you will also find an instruction page on how to search online for a CAPS approved provider through the state website.

CAPS online search instruction page

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
913 N. Tennessee Street, Suite 202 Cartersville, GA 30120

Gloria Calhoun
Phone: (770) 387-0828 Toll Free 1-800-308-1825 Fax: (678) 721-6676


Pickens County Health Department
60 Health Way. Jasper, GA 30143
Ph: (706) 253-2821 Fx: (706) 253-5863

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Babies Can’t Wait
1710 Whitehouse Ct, Dalton, GA 30720
Phone: (706) 529-5763 Ext. 12001 Fax: (706) 529-5794 Referral: (888) 276-1558
Lois Blockley

Babies Can’t Wait provides a coordinated, comprehensive and integrated system of services for infants and toddlers with special needs, birth to 3 and their families. Babies Can’t Wait provides early identification and screening of children with developmental delays and chronic health conditions. Babies Can’t Wait strives to improve the developmental potential of infants and toddlers birth to age 3, with developmental or chronic health conditions.

Children 1st
1710 Whitehouse Ct, Dalton, GA 30720
Phone: (706) 529-5763 Ext. 12271 Fax: (706) 529-5798
Susan Sims

Children 1st is a population-based system in the State of Georgia, designed to serve as an entry point into all public health services for children, birth – 5 years old. Children 1st facilitates early identification of at-risk children and links them with early interventions services, as well as other public health services and community-based resources.

Children’s Medical Services
1710 Whitehouse Ct, Dalton, GA 30720
Phone: (706) 529-5763 Ext. 13001 Fax: (706) 529-5767
Holli Collier


Pickens County Environmental Health (Water and Septic Testing)
Chris Collier, Environmental County Manager
1266 E Church St #150, Jasper, GA 30143
Phone: (706) 253-0900

Drug Testing/Lab Work

Foster family applicants can visit this website, order the drug screen, pay for the drug screen directly through the site, locate a testing location near them, go to the testing location and get drug tested. The results will come directly to FaithBridge.


Foster Care Support Foundation – Distribution Center (Serves all counties)
115 Mansell Place, Roswell, GA 30076
Phone: 770-641-9591
Request an application and appointment by emailing

Pickens County Health Department
60 Health Way, Jasper, GA 30143
WIC: 706-370-4700
Fx: 706-529-5743

The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program is a federally-funded health and nutrition program© for Infants and Children age 1 to 5 years (including foster children).
What WIC Provides
· Special checks to buy healthy foods from WIC-authorized vendors – milk, eggs, bread, cereal, juice, peanut butter, and much more (see Authorized Foods) including formula.
· Information about nutrition and health to help you and your family eat well and be healthy