Georgia Family Connection Partnership
We are proud to serve as the local partner for the state-wide network known as the Georgia Family Connection Partnership.
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 more are available on the GaFCP website.
Organizations in Cobb have a long history of collaborating to share information and create 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. The CCC met monthly to share information about programs and to better coordinate resources starting in the 1970’s.
- 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, Inc. (now CFR), DFCS, Travelers Aid, MUST, and the Salvation Army received a demonstration grant to provide housing for homeless families.
- Incorporated in 1989, the Cobb Human Services Coalition expanded the work of the Cobb Housing Coalition and provided a comprehensive approach in working with the homeless and those at risk of homelessness. Working with dozens of human service organizations and volunteers, the CHSC produced a comprehensive human service plan. Projects resulting from “The Plan” included a
- Health Clinic at MUST Ministries,
- Affordable child care resources like Sheltering Arms and Georgia Pre-K
- Resources – An affordable housing list and The Pocket Key Resource Guide which are still maintained
- Client database –Utilizing technology to manage and facilitate sharing of client information
- Quality training for case managers and volunteers
Cobb Community Collaborative
The Cobb Community Collaborative began meeting informally in 1993, incorporated in 1997 and soon received its nonprofit status as a 501(c)3. Its purpose is to provide a broad-based focal point through which nonprofits, businesses, education organizations, government agencies, faith-based groups, and concerned citizens and stakeholders can collaborate as needs and challenges emerge. The work of the Collaborative is accomplished through policy councils, committees and task forces.
A comprehensive rebranding effort in 2015 brought an update to the logo, tagline, mission and vision for the organization. We finished 2017 with nearly 100 members, expanded our staff to include a part-time Resource Manager, added a full menu of trainings, networking opportunities, council and committee activity and the launch of new policy councils. In 2018, we are bringing stakeholders together to address and seek solutions to community issues like school readiness and success, mental health, affordable housing and elder issues.