Fishing Rodeo

We had an incredible time at the Fishing Rodeo on Saturday! First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Renesant Bank, and Allstar Financial Group led the charge on an incredible outing for our boys. “The event was great! The boys caught over 380 fish!” says Donald Rampley. "It was exciting to see some of these young men catch a fish for the first time."

The fishing rodeo took place in Rockmart, Georgia at a private lake owned by Allstar Financial Group. There were multiple stations where groups of our boys rotated throughout the day. Adult volunteers from FBCW guided our boys at each station, ensuring each one had a great time and caught as many fish as possible.

“Every boy at the Ranch caught a fish, the volunteers made sure of it,” says Scott Gaither, house parent supervisor at the Ranch. “The event is one of the highlights of the year! Last year was great, but this year was even better!

One of our boys who had never been fishing before absolutely loved the experience. “It was the first time I ever went fishing, and I caught six fish!” He now has a new fishing pole and is excited to try again soon.

The fishing rodeo was an incredible day for our boys, and we are very grateful for everyone who played a role in making it happen!

Goshen Homes: Informational Meetings

Join us for an informational meeting to learn more about becoming a Goshen Homes foster family and our unique Professional Foster Parent employment opportunities.

To learn about the next meeting, visit and use the contact box to request information

*childcare is provided with RSVP

Goshen Homes FAQ:

Q. Who is Goshen Homes?

Goshen Homes is the new foster care program of the Goshen Valley Foundation. Goshen Homes is a licensed Child Placing Agency that partners with DFCS to recruit, train and equip foster families to provide stable and loving homes to children in foster care.

Q. How is Goshen Homes different from other Child Placing Agencies?

The Goshen Valley Foundation is piloting a specialized foster care program specific to Sibling Reunification in Cherokee and Bartow counties. We are looking for foster families that are willing to take more than one child in an effort to keep siblings together when they enter foster care. Unlike other agencies, Goshen provides an enhanced financial model and therapeutic programming that includes support and training to ensure our families have what they need to take in sibling groups.

Q. Are there costs involved to become a Goshen Homes foster parent?

As a foster parent you must prove financial stability as part of the home study process. However, Goshen recognizes the financial burden that comes with adding multiple children to your household. Goshen does not want your financial status to be a barrier to ministry and therefore is prepared to assess your financial needs and offer an enhanced financial model that may include assistance with housing costs, food, transportation and potential salary for stay at home parents. Financial assistance varies depending on how many children you are fostering.

Q. Does a Goshen Homes foster family have a say in choosing children?

Yes. Goshen Homes serves children between the ages of 0-18. During the home study process you will discuss the type of children you are interested in fostering. Through the home study process we will determine how many children and what types of children are the best match for your household.

Q. How long do foster children stay in care?

The length of time varies according to the needs of the children and their families. Some children are placed briefly (a few days) while some remain for months to years.

Q. Are the children available for adoption?

Yes. When reunification with their biological family is not an option, an adoptive family for the children is sought.

Q. What responsibilities does the foster parent have?

Foster parents are responsible for the 24/7 care of the children in their home. Children in foster care have unique needs and may require counseling, visitation with birth parents and other needed appointments while in the foster home. With the help of Goshen Homes staff, foster parents ensure that the children's physical, emotional, spiritual, medical and educational need s are met. This includes coordination, transportation, and advocacy for the children placed in their home.


Goshen Valley Classic

Goshen Valley Classic: RESULTS!

The 11th Annual Goshen Valley Classic presented by WellStar on Monday, October 24th was a tremendous success. With your help, we raised approximately $150,000, totaling over $1,000,000 raised in the past 11 years!

Click here to access photos from the day.


Thank you to all of our participants, volunteers and donors from this special day.


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View our Goshen Valley Classic Presented by WellStar Brochure!

Two Fall Golf Opportunities

Whether it's the annual AFG Ambassador's Charity Tournament or our own Goshen Valley Classic, there are two great opportunities to participate or volunteer in golf outings that provide vital support to the young men, women and children of Goshen Valley!


Goshen Valley Classic presented by WellStar:

Monday, October 24,

Shotgun Start: 12:00 p.m.


AFG Ambassador's Tournament:


Discover Derby Style

Ever dream of Derby hats and fashion? Goshen Valley’s sixth Annual Fashion show, Discover Derby Style, is right around the corner! It will be a fun afternoon of delicious food, fashion, and fellowship. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Goshen Valleys Boys Ranch Director Stacy Cooper for a personal view of the Ranch and the youth we serve. The event will be held on May 7th at 11:30am at the acclaimed Country Club of Roswell.  All proceeds benefit the Goshen Valley Foundation.  Goshen Valley Foundation is the state of Georgia’s leading nonprofit Foster Care provider, serving young women, men, and children in the state foster care system. Headquartered in Canton, GA, Goshen Valley Foundation is comprised of three operating programs, with over 75 young people currently in our care.

Alice and Stan Smith first learned about Goshen Valley through their membership at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Atlanta, Georgia where they were early supporters of the Goshen mission.  In 2009 upon Alice’s passing, her daughters Stephenie Cook, Leslee Frost and Allison Smith established the Alice Smith Memorial Fund in her memory. In 2012, Stephenie Cook,  Alice and Stan’s eldest daughter, passed away and the  Fashion Show is now in loving memory of two wonderful women, Alice and Stephenie, who both had a passion for changing the lives of the youth Goshen Valley Serves.

Smith and Frost were quoted recently stating, “Goshen Valley has been a part of our family for many years and we take great pride in hosting the Fashion Show as a small way we can give back to the kids in care at Goshen Valley. We hope that you can join us at this year’s event and experience a small piece of how Goshen Valley helps the kids in foster care in Georgia.”Roblox Hack No Survey No Download

Community support is one of the key drivers in providing our youth with a successful place to call home and the necessary resources to have a hopeful future. We strive to go above and beyond the bare minimum to ensure these young people are provided with the best care possible. Consider joining us or sending someone for a fashionable day to support the foster youth in our community.

Want to Foster? We offer IMPACT Training!

Goshen Valley will be offering IMPACT training through our Goshen Homes program. Our 2-day training will take place on:Movie Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)

May 21, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

May 22, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Trainings will take place in our Canton Office:

505 Brown Industrial Pkwy, Suite 200

Canton GA 30114


IMPACT was developed by the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Family and Children Services to prepare resource families for the joys and challenges of fostering and adopting. IMPACT addresses the entire service continuum from initial inquiry through completion of the family evaluation. IMPACT training is required by all perspective foster and adoptive parents.

Questions? Email [email protected]


Sign up here!

Goshen Valley Classic

10th Annual Goshen Valley Classic

Monday, October 19, 2015

Cherokee Town and Country Club

Click here to access our new Goshen Valley Classic website and register for the event!

3rd Annual Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Luncheon

Please join us for this year’s 3rd Annual Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Luncheon!

Click HERE to reserve your seat.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The Bluffs Cherokee Conference Center

1130 Bluffs Pkwy

Canton GA 30114

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Redeemer Day 2015

Will be rescheduled for a date TBD soon. Stay tuned!

Goshen Community Care Open House, September 23rd

The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce “After Hours” was held at Goshen Community Care a few weeks ago on Tuesday, September 23rd from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Over 70 people from local business owners to political officials enjoyed appetizers and networking, toured our new space, heard about our new programs and learned about our partnership with WellStar Health Systems, the event sponsor.




The night was such a success and achieved our goal of spreading the news about our new initiative, CHINS, in caring for our broader community through a partnership with the Juvenile Justice Courts and our Independent Living Program (NGNB).

We also talked briefly about the journey of our partnership with WellStar Health Systems. The support they’ve given us over the past three years has been invaluable, including being the title sponsor for the Goshen Valley Classic for the second year. They’ve also given us funding to help launch the Goshen Community Care program and its building, Goshen House.




Thanks to all who attended! We’re so happy that this event was such a success. If you have any questions about the event, contact JoNell Courson at [email protected]

Read about the opening of Goshen Community Care in "Expanded nonprofit helps troubled youth" on The Cherokee Ledger-News.

Press Release:

Goshen Valley Announces Addition of Goshen Community Care

Goshen Community Care will add several programs to aid in the efforts of Goshen Valley

ATLANTA (Sept. 22, 2014) – Goshen Valley announces the addition of Goshen Community Care, with a Cherokee County Chamber "After Hours" event sponsored by WellStar. This is free to attend on Sept. 23, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 200 West Main Street in Canton, Georgia.

The organization currently includes The Goshen Valley Ranch, a nonprofit residential program serving youth in the state foster care system in hopes of leading them to a productive life. Through the Community Care program, Goshen is better able to provide the support and services that many of these youth need which directly benefits the Cherokee County community.

Goshen Community Care houses several different programs and services:

  • CHINS Coordination Services
    • Goshen Valley has partnered with the Cherokee County Juvenile Court to make informed decisions and provide referral services regarding at-risk youth.
  • North Georgia New Beginnings
    • Offers an Independent Living Program for both men and women between the ages of 18 and 21 including apartments for participants and medical coverage. Through the program, participants are equipped with skills to become successful adults, through higher education and employment opportunities.
  • Community Alliance Resource Center
    • The resource center serves as the main location for the Abuse Resource Center (ARC) virtual monitoring program. It also provides a location for group meetings, workshops, and conferences hosted by community partners and local organizations.
  • Complex Trauma Resource Center
    • Individuals who have experienced trauma can seek recovery and healing from clinicians providing trauma assessments.

“Goshen Valley has long relied on the important and caring support of the many community partners that makes Cherokee County a special and safe place to call home,” said Goshen Valley board chair, John Blend. “With the encouragement of the partners, Goshen Valley is pleased to open Goshen Community Care, Cherokee County's Family Care Alliance. Special thanks goes to our friends at WellStar Health System for making this milestone a reality."

The 9th Annual Goshen Valley Classic will be held Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 at the renowned Cherokee Country Club. Proceeds from the golf tournament will benefit Goshen Valley efforts including both the Goshen Valley Ranch and the Community Care programs.

To learn more please visit


About Goshen Valley
Goshen Valley is a residence for youth ages 11-21 in the foster care system. The ranch provides a family environment while supporting family reunification, adoption efforts and transition into the community. Home to more than 40 boys, and now home to girls 18-21 through its Georgia New Beginnings Program, Goshen offers a foundation for young people to transform their burdens to blessings by cultivating safety, wellness and purpose. Recently, Goshen Valley received its accreditation from the internationally recognized Council on Accreditation Follow Goshen Valley: Twitter; Facebook. Find out more about the Goshen Valley and its mission at