Family & Consumer Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences
What is a Family and Consumer Sciences Agent?
A Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Agent is a person who can assist workers, consumers, and families in meeting their basic and most important needs with a wide body of research-based knowledge about topics that affect your life: your family, your food, and your house. FACS Agents have a long tradition of helping individuals and families over their life span and strengthening communities through educational programs.
How can we help you?
We want to help Georgians meet new challenges in a challenging environment. We focus on our clients’ physical, economic and social well-being through programs that help people cook and eat nutritiously, make healthy housing decisions and keep food safe.
FACS Extension Agents provide education in the community and the workplace on issues critical to all Georgians. Educational topics include:
•Financial Security and Economic Well-Being
•Foodborne Illness Prevention
•Housing and Environmental Health and Safety
•Child Care, Youth, and Family Development
•Chronic Disease Prevention and Management
UGA Family and Consumer Sciences
Extension programs place non-biased, research-based information at your fingertips. County agents and specialists throughout the state provide cutting-edge knowledge on many topics, including housing, nutrition, quality child care, parenting, and food safety.
The information offered by FACS agents, as well as others in Cooperative Extension, is provided by researchers at The University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and other universities across our nation. Business, consumer, and community representatives in each county identify critical issues that Extension should address, and guide the planning and delivery of these programs, some of which we can deliver in Spanish.
Why is the work of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Extension Agents so important?
A healthy and productive worker, family, or consumer depends on a variety of factors, from food, child care, and shelter to interpersonal relationships and budgeting. FACS Extension Agents and Specialists have the educational background, skills, and knowledge to assist workers in meeting their basic need.
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Here are some of UGA Extension's most popular resources on family, food, health, home, and money.