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Family Connection is a statewide network of 159 county collaboratives in Georgia. Each collaborative serves as the local decision-making body, bringing community partners together to develop, implement, and evaluate plans that address the serious challenges facing Georgia’s children and families.

History

1991 - Created by the State of Georgia and funders in response to Georgia ranking 48th in the nation in child well-being, according to the first KIDS COUNT report

1995 - Adopted Georgia’s framework for measuring community and state progress in five areas:

  • Healthy children
  • Children ready for school
  • Children succeeding in school
  • Strong families
  • Self-sufficient families

2004 - Expanded to all 159 counties across the state

Scope of Work

Collaboratives build a team of diverse partners committed to improving the quality of life in their communities. Each collaborative coordinates a planning process that identifies needs and resources, sets goals and priorities, evaluates programs and practices, and measures and reports results for their county.

Collaboratives work closely with communities to:

  • Foster relationships with local partners
  • Increase policymakers’ awareness of local issues
  • Implement proven programs and practices
  • Leverage additional funding to support community plans

Partners

Collaborative partners include families, local business and civic leaders, local elected officials, faith-based and school-based organizations, and public/private human service providers. Each collaborative is part of the Family Connection statewide network supported by Family Connection Partnership, a state-level public/private nonprofit.

Milestones

  • Grew from 15 communities in 1991 to 159 Family Connection county collaboratives in 2004
  • Contributed to the development of Standards for Excellence in Collaboration and Decision-Making
  • Helped Georgia improve eight out of 10 measures of child well-being from 1996 through 2001
  • Leveraged $95.5 million in funding to support community strategic plans from FY97 through FY02