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FNC of Georgia - Sue Laney #8

Family Nurturing Center of Georgia - Misson Statement
To strengthen families and those that serve families

We truly have a "heart for families" and the agencies that are dedicated to serving them. Because we now serve more areas beyond Georgia, our new name better describes the scope and reach of our services. The acronym "HEARTS" explains the different ways we support communities and help parents raise healthy and successful children.


About Us
All families will have access to quality parenting education to enhance their quality of life. Children will grow in a nurturing environment with parents active and confident in their role as the first and most important teacher. Children are free of child abuse, child neglect and substance abuse, which allows them to learn and succeed in school and other educational environments.

Guiding Principles
These are our core values, which permeate throughout the organization in order to achieve our vision and mission:


Nurturing Georgia's Families Project® (NGF)
Get free training and materials to provide a program in your community! NGF works to prevent the cited problem of child abuse, neglect, and substance abuse via in-home visitation and group-based programming. Since its establishment in 1997, NGF has expanded across 74 counties and is currently the highest funded prevention contractor for the State of Georgia. The project is funded by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD). NGF includes three strategies for prevention, including community-based workshops, training, and program delivery.


Community-Based Workshops
Workshops can be held in a variety of settings, and are offered for FREE in 74 counties. The goal of the community-based workshops are to educate a community on protective parenting practices that can lead to strong, nurturing relationships that can help prevent substance abuse and violence. The workshops can be tailored and targeted toward community members but are considered primary prevention and provide useful information for anyone attending. A secondary, strategic goal of the workshops is to expose parents with a stigma-free approach to parenting education where the next step would be a full parenting program. HEARTS plans to begin targeting programs in communities where workshops are being held so those who desire additional support can participate in a full parenting program.


The workshop “12 Steps to Keeping Your Kids Drug Free” has recently been evaluated by Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. Significant increases were achieved from pre to post in participants' beliefs in their ability to talk to their children about drugs.


Trainings are a way to build the capacity of community partners to offer the Nurturing Parenting
® Programs with program fidelity. The complete training model is competency-based and incorporates training for referral agencies, supervisors, and agency staff. The training prepares agencies for successful program implementation. The last step before program implementation is program planning within the targeted community.


All training participants are assessed through quantitative and qualitative measures. If a training participant needs additional support or additional training (as identified through the evaluation process) it is arranged and offered. HEARTS partners with quality facilitators that score 80% or higher on assessments with an average of a 6.0 or higher on the five parenting constructs measured by the Adult Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI 2.5). In the past 13 years, HEARTS has successfully met its goal to offer quality trainings with satisfied training participants.

Training Information:

HEARTS offers the Nurturing Parenting® Programs to local communities. The Nurturing Georgia’s Families Project follows SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention’s Strategic Prevention Framework by:

  1. Assessing community needs for substance abuse prevention
  2. Building the Capacity of the community to deliver evidence based programs with fidelity
  3. Planning: Creating an individualized agency plan to target and deliver services within the agency’s community by the agency
  4. Implementation: Provide technical assistance and oversight for agencies partnering with us to deliver the Nurturing Parenting® Program. FNC-GA’s focus is on program fidelity, agency’s cultural competence, quality assurance, and methods for participant retention.
  5. Evaluation: FNC-GA collects all program data and conducts individual program and overall project evaluation.

Sue Laney is the Executive Director for HEARTS for Families and co-author of several curricula including "Nurturing God's Way®" Parenting Program for Christian Families (, a biblically-based adaptation of the Nurturing Parenting® Programs.

As Executive Director, Ms. Laney provides leadership and direction in carrying out the mission HEARTS for Families, has overall responsibility for developing a sound administrative structure and various prevention programs, while maximizing financial and staff resources. She has experience in building a stable, predictable and diversified income base through fund raising, service delivery, strengthening the Board of Director's participation and leadership (both working and advisory), and developing a strong statewide presence.

Ms. Laney also provides training in child abuse prevention, facilitation skills, and small business management. She also teaches a weekly Precept Bible Study. Ms. Laney is married, and has two grown children.

"I think you have done an excellent job in developing this parenting program for Christian parents. I hope that it is widely used. The many biblical references used make parenting joyful, spiritual, forgiving and patient. The Home Practice and Self Growth activities are fun and will help people put learning into action.

Since I am the Director of an organization seeking to end physical discipline of children in all settings, I was particularly interested in how the program dealt with this issue. You have taken a firm stand against physical punishment of children. You have done an excellent job of using biblical references to support non-violent parenting. I particularly like the personal testimonies."

- Executive Director, Center for Effective Discipline

Nurturing God's Way Parenting Program for Christian Families:
Basic Skills for Home Visitation:


Contact Info:

FNC of Georgia - Sue Laney #8

Sue Laney

Snellville, Georgia

(770) 972.3664

July 8 - 12, 2024

Nurturing God's Way™ Parenting Program for Christian Families

Trainer(s): FNC of Georgia - Sue Laney

Location: ONLINE Virtual Training

Cost: $ See brochure for details.

Brochure, Registration Form and Info (PDF)

October 7 - 11, 2024

Nurturing God's Way™ Parenting Program for Christian Families

Trainer(s): FNC of Georgia - Sue Laney

Location: ,

Cost: $ See brochure for details.

Brochure, Registration Form and Info (PDF)