About

Cobb Collaborative

 

We finished 2021 with over 120 members, expanded our staff, and added comprehensive activities for networking and capacity building. We are bringing the community together to improve outcomes for children and families through initiatives focused on Mental Health, Literacy & Civic Engagement. 

  • Mission: Engaging, Educating and Empowering the community to improve the well-being of children and families.
  • Vision: Cobb County partners working together to create opportunities for all people to thrive.
  • Values:
    • Partnership
    • Resource sharing
    • Diversity
    • Inclusion
    • Public Good
    • Collective Impact
    • Stronger Together

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:

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.

Cobb Collaborative Becomes an Affiliate Chapter of Prevent Child Abuse Georgia

Cobb Collaborative  has recently become the newest Prevent Child Abuse Georgia (PCA Georgia) local council for Cobb County.  Cobb Collaborative educates, engages, and empowers local people and organizations to improve outcomes for children and families in Cobb County. In their new role as Prevent Child Abuse Cobb, they will continue their work within their programs to bolster child abuse and neglect prevention efforts and awareness in the community. They will also direct local resources that support families into PCA Georgia’s statewide resource helpline, 1-800-244-5373 called Find Help Georgia. Parents or caregivers can talk to trained professionals who can help connect them with local supportive programs in Cobb County and beyond. Their resources will also be available to search by location through an interactive community resource portal at www.FindHelpGA.org and new mobile app Find Help Georgia.

PCA Georgia is housed in the Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development at Georgia State University. PCA Georgia, a state chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America, and provides statewide direction to prevent child abuse and neglect, promote healthy child development, and develop strong families through its prevention network, public awareness, prevention programs, and advocacy. 

“It takes all of us working together along with state and local resources to help children grow into healthy adults,” said Jennifer Stein, Director of PCA Georgia. “We are grateful for our partners across the state who play a role in helping us promote safe, stable nurturing relationships and environments for Georgia’s children.”

Prevent Child Abuse Cobb looks forward to engaging the community in new ways to strengthen local families and help all children thrive.  Cobb Collaborative Executive Director, Irene Barton, says, "We are honored and excited to partner with SafePath Children's Advocacy Center on this important journey. We know that anything and everything we can do to strengthen and support parents, families and caregivers helps to prevent child abuse." 

To learn more about Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, click here

Blue Full PCA Cobb

We’re excited to share that Cobb Collaborative has earned a 2022 Platinum Seal of Transparency with Candid!

Check out our Candid NonprofitProfile to learn more and make a difference with your support by clicking here.

History

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.