A comprehensive rebranding in 2015 brought updates to the organization. We finished 2019 with over 130 members, expanded our staff to include a part-time Communications Director, and added comprehensive activities for networking and capacity building. Currently, we are bringing the community together to improve outcomes for children and families through initiatives including mental health, early learning and literacy, and civic engagement.
Georgia Family Connection
We are proud to serve as the local partner for the state-wide network known as the Georgia Family Connection Partnership (GaFCP).
This unique network brings together more than 3,000 local- and state-level partners in all 159 counties across Georgia who work toward measurably better outcomes for our state's children, families, and communities. Georgia Family Connection is the only statewide network in the country dedicated to the health and well-being of families and communities. The work of the Cobb Collaborative mirrors the work being performed across Georgia in support of 5 state-wide initiatives:
- Healthy Children
- Children Primed for School
- Children Succeeding in School
- Stable, Self-Sufficient, Productive Families
- Thriving Communities
As Georgia's designated KIDS COUNT grantee, the GaFCP compiles current, reliable data on child and family well-being in each of our state’s 159 counties. Georgia KIDS COUNT, a GaFCP project, reports year-to-year data highlights, trends, and disparities on child well-being to inform planning, budget, and policy decisions regarding priorities, services, and resources that affect children, families, and communities in our state.
Georgia tracks 50 Indicators of Child Well-Being in five result areas that support our vision of healthy, thriving children, families and communities. Georgia KIDS COUNT produces and updates a variety of online data tools and resources to inform and guide users. These tools create a context for using and interpreting complex data, and they support informed decision-making. This data is available to the public to help stakeholders fulfill their missions. See the various KIDS COUNT Resources.
Data books are available on the GaFCP website.
Organizations in Cobb have a long history of collaborating, sharing information and creating new programs and mechanisms to improve the quality of life for residents of our county.
- The first formal collaboration was accomplished through the Cobb Community Council (CCC) starting in the 1970's. The CCC met monthly to share information about programs and coordinate resources.
- Incorporated in 1989, the Cobb Human Services Coalition (CHSC) expanded the work of the Cobb Housing Coalition and provided a comprehensive approach to working with those experiencing and at risk of becoming homeless. Working with dozens of human service organizations and volunteers, the CHSC produced a comprehensive human service plan. Projects resulting from this plan include:
- Health Clinic at MUST Ministries,
- Affordable child care resources; such as: Sheltering Arms and Georgia Pre-K
- An affordable housing list and The Pocket Key Resource Guide
- Client database utilizing technology to manage and facilitate sharing client information
- Quality training for case managers and volunteers
- In 1992, several housing organizations formed the Cobb Housing Coalition to address the emerging homeless population. A collaboration of 5 partners: Cobb County Emergency Aid Association (now The Center for Family Resources), Division of Family and Children Services, Travelers Aid, MUST Ministries, and the Salvation Army received a demonstration grant to provide housing for homeless families.
- In 1993, The Cobb Community Collaborative began meeting informally and received its nonprofit status in 1997. Its purpose was to provide a broad-based focal point through which nonprofits, businesses, education organizations, government agencies, faith-based groups, and concerned citizens can collaborate to meet community needs. The work of the Collaborative is accomplished through several teams and committees.