Who We Are
Controlled at the community level, Family Connection is present in every county in Georgia. It is the largest statewide network of communities in the nation that have made a commitment to improve results for children and families. We are a partnership of organizations working with families to research the needs of children and families in our community, and to work together to address those needs.
Our Over-Arching Goal: All Children Will Succeed in School and in Life.
We pursue that goal by addressing the root causes of problems, building on cultural and other strengths, pooling resources, engaging an extraordinary diversity of community members, and committing to a long-term process of planning, implementation, and evaluation.
Using a family-centered approach, schools, health and human service agencies, business, the faith community, law enforcement, nonprofit organizations, civic clubs, and others work together with families, focusing on academics, physical and mental health, nurturing parenting, economic success, and community service. We tap existing resources, streamline systems to be more efficient and effective, and initiate new projects like those listed below.
A Few of Our Organizational Partners
Towns County Schools, 21st Century After School Program, Towns County Chamber of Commerce, Department of Family & Children Services, Public Health, Department of Juvenile Justice, individuals, businesses, City of Hiawassee Police Department, Towns County Sheriff’s Department, Stephens Masonic Lodge, City of Young Harris, Young Harris College, S.A.F.E., Inc., and many others. Our most important partners are the families whose children we are serving.
Some of the projects that have been initiated through this process
- Towns County Mentor Program
- Towns County Prevention Program
- Prevention PALS
- Project Alert
- Interagency Council/LIPT
- Youth Development Program
- Young Harris Family Development Center
- Senior Leadership Project
- Community Partnership for Protecting Children
Some of Our Results
Working in partnership with families, we have tackled intractable problems like child abuse and neglect, school dropout, and physical and mental health disparities, with implementation by the partners (School District, 21st Century After School, DFCS, S.A.F.E., Inc., et al.).
- Working together, our partners have achieved remarkable results. For example:
- We pulled together our partners to strategize about truancy; within three years of implementation of the strategies, the number of students absent more than ten days had declined by 23%;
Our success is our partners’ success – we bring them together, they develop and implement the strategies. Our most important partners are the families whose children are being served.
Please join with us through financial support (tax deductible) and/or active participation to achieve our goal: All children will succeed in school.