About Us

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.

About Georgia Family Connection

Georgia Family Connection is the only statewide network of its kind in the country with partners in all 159 counties working toward measurably better outcomes for our children, families, and communities. This gives us a unique vantage point—not only to see the big picture—but also to operate effectively at a local level.

We disentangle the mess of barriers, service gaps, and inefficiencies obscuring progress for our most vulnerable families. We do that by connecting our partners to resources, helping coordinate and manage efforts, and empowering our communities to craft local solutions based on local decisions.

Georgia Family Connection Partnership (GaFCP) represents and promotes Georgia Family Connection’s work, provides expertise in planning and governance, administers the state-appropriated funds for the local Collaboratives, sets standards of excellence, and helps Collaboratives evaluate their progress.

The state’s designated KIDS COUNT grantee, GaFCP also provides state agencies and policymakers with current, reliable data they need to inform decisions about improving conditions for the communities they serve.

Our Work

At Georgia Family Connection, we work to ensure that all children are healthy, primed for school, and succeed when they get there; families are stable, self-sufficient, and productive; and communities are vibrant, robust, and thriving.

None of these result areas stand in isolation. They overlap. By collaborating across sectors to address them, we nurture children and families who thrive in vibrant communities—everywhere. Because we work toward measurably better outcomes for everyone.