Georgia Family Connection
When the Annie E. Casey Foundation released its inaugural national KIDS COUNT report in 1990 to track the status of children in the United States, Georgia placed 48th out of 50 states.
Gov. Zell Miller responded to this state’s dismal ranking in 1991 by establishing a two-year pilot initiative designed to coordinate services for the educational, social, economic, and physical well-being of Georgia’s youngest, most vulnerable citizens. He called the initiative Georgia Family Connection.
The governor called for the departments of Education, Human Resources and Medical Assistance to work together to develop a community-based collaborative approach to increase school success, and reduce teen pregnancy, substance abuse, and juvenile delinquency in Georgia.
A steering committee that included representatives from state agencies and the Georgia Academy for Children and Youth Professionals (Georgia Academy) coordinated the initiative at the state level.
Fifteen communities volunteered to participate in the pilot, with private funding from the Joseph B. Whitehead and Kirbo foundations.
The state legislature appropriated funds in 1993 to establish a state-level technical assistance system to support the original counties, and set additional funds aside each year after to support the waves of new communities connecting to the network.
Stephens County Family Connection
In 1998, Georgia Family Connection Partnership established Stephens County as a designated community collaborative and what is now Family Connection of Stephens County was formed. We have CONNECTING the families in our community to resources for over 15 years!