Governor Nathan Deal - Georgia’s 82nd Governor (2011-2019)

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Georgia Children's Cabinet

The Georgia Children's Cabinet consists of all state agency heads that work with child populations as well as select community, philanthropic, education, and business stakeholders.  This single group is the place where state and community programs are aligned and recommendations for improving delivery of care to children are made to informat state decision making. 

Georgia Children's Cabinet coordinates policies and resources to improve outcomes for children and families. The Cabinet provides unique leadership on child welfare and juvenile justice issues in Georgia by identifying state strategic priorities, then developing initiatives in response.

The First Lady of Georgia, Mrs. Sandra Deal is the administrator for the Cabinet.


The Georgia Children's Cabinet will support a sustainable and comprehensive system of education and care to better serve children and families in a more coordinated and efficient manner.

Core Values

Each child has a right to be:

Connected to caring adults

Programs and services for children will be:

Family centered
Individualized and appropriate
Culturally competent
Cost effective
Data and outcome driven


Elimination of gaps and duplication of services for children
Increased efficiency and effectiveness of child welfare and juvenile justice resources
Ensure that all children begin life healthy and remain mentally and physically well throughout their lives with access to appropriate primary care and early screening
Ensure that all children enter kindergarten ready to learn and remain on a trajectory of success throughout their school-aged years


Collaboration: Agencies and community partners can do more collectively to improve services for children and families than they can do individually.

Leadership: Cabinet members are responsible and accountable for systemic changes and for leveraging resources.

Expertise: Cabinet members help shape state strategic priorities and develop initiatives in response.