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GCAPP Second Chance Homes Network

Second Chance Homes offer placement opportunities for pregnant or parenting teens or young adult mothers (ages 13 to 23 and their children) who need a place to live because their current residential situation is unsuitable, unsafe or unavailable. GCAPP has a contract from DFACs to oversee delivery of services and provide technical assistance at five homes across the state run by organizations experienced in residential services to teens. Over the past 15 years, it has created its own Second Chance Homes Network of high-functioning, adult-supervised, nurturing group homes. Through comprehensive wraparound services and other supports, rigorous evaluations shows that they have helped hundreds of young moms become self-sufficient and better parents, complete or finish their education and reduce their risk of repeat pregnancies at a young age. Please click here for a summary of key outcomes for SCH residents from 2002 to 2014.

GCAPP SCH Programs/Locations in Georgia

Since the first Second Chance Home opened in 2001, the program has served more than 450 young mothers and their children. Currently GCAPP has a SCH in Clayton, Fulton and Whitfield counties. Each home serves between four and eight mothers and their children.

House of Dawn 1 + 2
Jonesboro and Riverdale, GA
(770) 477-2385

Oak Haven
Dalton, GA
(706) 259-4550
 Families First
College Park, GA
(404) 254-4182



Dion Walker, MPH, Director of Second Chance Homes

Ms. Walker, a native of the suburbs of New Orleans, has more than 12 years of experience working to help at-risk and underrepresented children and families with issues related to HIV, harm-reduction, homelessness and adolescent health. As the Director of Second Chance Homes, her major role is managing five homes within GCAPP's Second Chance Homes Network and providing technical assistance and training to other collaborating teen residential programs, DFCS workers and fosters parents across Georgia. Ms. Walker has a Master’s of Public Health degree in Community Health Sciences from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health; her BS is from Howard University.

Tia Demery, Senior Program Manager

Tyiska "Tia" Demery joined GCAPP in 2008 and serves as Senior Program Manager for the Second Chance Homes program. As a Senior Program Manager, Ms. Demery plans, manages and coordinates activities for the Second Chance Homes Network. She is responsible for management, evaluation, resource development, reporting, site reviews, technical assistance and training to professional and paraprofessional staff. Ms. Demery, who has a nearly 20-year career in social services, has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Clark Atlanta University and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Fisk University.