Eligibility
  • Have applied for Katie Beckett and recieved a level of care denial 
  • Children up to the age of 18
  • Live at home
  • Have a physical, cognitive, developmental or medical disability

Current Medicaid recipients are not eligible for this program

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Services
  • Respite Care
  • Medical supplies and equipment
  • Medical services and therapies
  • Dental and optical services
  • Travel reimbursements for medical appointments
  • Recreational or therapeutic activities
  • Other services related to the child’s disability not covered by other payment sources
  • Referrals to Parent to Parent of Georgia and other resources
Payment provided only for services received after enrollment date

 



Volunteer

Ambassadors are crucial to the success of Champions for Children. There are three ways in which Champions for Children Ambassadors provide support to the program:

  1. Speaking - Participate in speaking opportunities within the community.
  2. Advocating - Serve as a liaison between Champions for Children and state representatives.
  3. Online Fundraising – Raise critical funds for the continuation of the Champions program.

How to Volunteer

Please contact the liaison in your community to become a champions Ambassador.

Easter Seals Middle Georgia Denise Creel, Development Director
Tel: 478-275-8850
E-mail: dcreel@mges.us
Easter Seals East Georgia Leigh Kilpatrick, Champions for Children Coordinator
Tel: 706-338-9292
E-mail: servingega09@gmail.com
Easter Seals West Georgia Sharon Borger, President/CEO
Tel: 706-660-1144
E-mail: sharon@eastersealswga.org
Easter Seals North Georgia Donna Davidson, President/CEO
Tel: 404-943-1070
E-mail: ddavidson@esng.easterseals.com
Easter Seals Southern Georgia Nicki Wilson, Director Re/FS Services
1906 Palmyra Road, Albany, GA 31701
Tel: 229-439-7061
E-mail: enwilson@swga-easterseals.org

Speaking Engagements

Champions Ambassadors are volunteers committed to serving as spokespersons for Champions for Children. Ambassadors work with the local Easter Seals affiliate on special assignments to advance Champions for Children’s advocacy efforts and to share their story with others in their local community.

Champions Ambassadors are asked to commit to speaking up to six times/year for at least one year. You will receive initial training and an annual refresher, and then will be briefed prior to each assignment on the specifics. An Easter Seals staff member or experienced volunteer will be available to join you initially and ongoing as needed during engagements and presentations.

Assignments vary depending on speaking opportunities available in your local affiliate’s region. Engagements may take place with civic groups like Rotary and Kiwanis, at churches and places of worship, at businesses, etc. Your Easter Seals affiliate can reimburse mileage for volunteer travel.

Advocacy

Ambassadors are volunteers committed to taking part in the democratic process and serve as advocates for Champions for Children. A few times a year, Ambassadors are asked to work with the Champions staff on special assignments to advance Champions for Children’s advocacy efforts and to share their story with state legislators and policymakers.

We hold conference calls or webinars as needed with all Ambassadors from around state. The conference calls are designed to review upcoming events and advocacy opportunities, to share feedback and results and best practices, to provide reports on the outcomes and status of the Champions for Children program, and to discuss relevant policy issues.

The majority of the advocacy work will take place during the first few months of the year when the state legislature is in session.

While it is not an obligation, Ambassadors are encouraged to attend the annual Easter Seals and Champions Day at the State Capitol in Atlanta in March (March 4 in 2013) when you have the opportunity to meet your state legislators and advocate for Champions for Children.

Local affiliates will also set up local communications for local engagement opportunities. Assignments vary depending on the most current issues at hand. One time, you may be asked to write a message to state legislators. Another time you may be asked to attend a local town hall meeting and ask important questions about prevention, research, and care related to developmental disabilities. You could also be invited to provide a presentation of your story to policymakers at a board meeting or caucus meeting.

Whether you are speaking to a local group or advocating with policymakers, you will be provided ample information, training and guidance to fulfill the duty with confidence. If at any time you have questions about an assignment, you can reach out to your local Easter Seals affiliate contact.

Training

Training will be arranged by your local Easter Seals affiliate.

We are excited to have you on board! Please reach out to your local Easter Seals office and let them know about your decision so they can help you and serve as a support network.