|In Spring 1999, leaders from our local governments embarked on implementing the Family Connection process in Colquitt County. The City of Moultrie City Council, Colquitt County Board of Commissioners, and Colquitt County Board of Education jointly appointed a start-up board and merged with Communities In Schools (now defunct) to accomplish the administrative functions of the collaborative.
The group completed its first year of planning that included community meetings, focus groups, and surveys to identify the community goals of affecting:
- Teen Pregnancy (& Teen Parent Support)
- High School Dropouts
- Employment Opportunities/Need for Higher Paying Jobs
- Parental Involvement
- Use of Alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs by youth
- Children Living In Poverty
In March, 2001, the Georgia General Assembly approved legislation to create the collaborative as a quasi-governmental authority to accomplish its vision and purpose for the children and families in Colquitt County. Since then, the collaborative members have forged strong partnerships, share information and resources, and collectively support a variety of programs and initiatives aimed at addressing these community goals.
Currently, the overall goal of the collaborative is to increase awareness and affect change in the indicators of persistent poverty in Colquitt County.