Georgia Cancer Specialists to Sponsor Sixth Annual

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

GCS and WSB-TV Partner to Collect Bags at 25 Georgia Locations including Four Georgia Centers for Total Cancer Care

Totes 2 TotsGeorgia Cancer Specialists (GCS)—the largest private oncology/ hematology practice in the Southeast—will team up with WSB-TV for the sixth annual “Totes 2 Tots” suitcase drive. The event will be held at 25 GCS offices—including Georgia Centers for Total Cancer Care in Macon, Lake Oconee, Blairsville, and Alpharetta—across Georgia on Friday, January 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Totes 2 Tots” delivers new or nearly new suitcases to foster children in Georgia, many of whom must shuffle their belongings from home to home in garbage bags during frequent relocations. The annual volunteer event was first launched by GCS in 2003 and has collected and distributed over 8,200 bags.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to support Georgia’s foster community, which is often overlooked,” said Dr. Bruce Feinberg, President/CEO of GCS. “We are thrilled that this event will be the biggest and most productive to date.”

This year’s 25 locations—expanded from 13 in 2007—include GCS offices in Alpharetta, Athens, Atlanta, Austell, Blairsville, Blue Ridge, Canton, Conyers, Cumming, Decatur, Duluth, Douglasville, Fayetteville, Griffin, Jasper, Lawrenceville, Macon, Marietta, Milledgeville, Oconee, Fort Oglethorpe/Ringgold, Snellville, and Stockbridge.

In 2005, WSB-TV recognized the importance of the drive and agreed to support it as a part of its Family 2 Family Project. This will be the fourth year that GCS and WSB-TV have partnered for “Totes 2 Tots.” Family 2 Family is the longest running locally produced, comprehensive, station-wide public service effort in Georgia. It includes shows such as People 2 People, a weekly half-hour public affairs program hosted by Jocelyn Dorsey that chronicles events and newsmakers in metro Atlanta.

Totes 2 Tots Drop-Off Locations

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Statistics About Georgia’s Foster Children

  • 15,119 children were in foster care as of December 2005
  • 30% of those children have been in foster care more than 24 months
  • 50% were African-American
  • 41% were less than 6 years old
  • 67% were younger than 12
  • About 2,237 of those children were staying with relatives
  • About 8,386 were staying in foster homes
  • About 1,561 were in group homes
  • About 974 were housed in institutions
  • Approximately 8% of the children discharged will re-enter foster care within 1 year
  • Foster parents are reimbursed according to the age of the child: birth to 5, $13.75; 6-12, $15.50; 13 and above, $17.75. The rate is higher for children needing medical care or a higher level of supervision. Medical treatment and clothing costs are covered by the agency.
  • Georgia’s 200 group homes are reimbursed for about 68% of their costs
  • Georgia’s 4,174 foster parents are reimbursed for about 67% of their costs
  • Those 4,174 families save the state approximately $34 million per year
  • Georgia ranks 39 out of 50 states in overall child well being

**Statistics from Governor Sonny Perdue’s web site:

http://www.gov.state.ga.us/summit_fl/statistics.shtml

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