25 Things You Need to Know About Region 1—Bringing Communities Together to Help Families Thrive

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Georgia Family Connection turned 25 this year. If you’re part of a family, or you’re someone who supports families and communities in this state, this milestone anniversary should matter to you. And here’s why:

Georgia Family Connection is the only statewide network of its kind in the country dedicated to the health and well-being of families and communities.

On any given day thousands of Georgians are sitting at tables in 159 counties focused on improving conditions for the children and families they know best.

We’re committed to our mission because we believe all people have the ability to become productive citizens. We help people reach their potential by empowering children and families, and the partners and stakeholders who support them.

We have a lot to celebrate, but we have a lot more work to do as we embark on the next quarter century. So we’re going to take you on a journey—region by region—throughout our anniversary year to share with you the landscape for children and families across our state. We’re going to show you what Georgia Family Connection is doing—and plans to do—to ensure that our communities and state thrive.

Regional map of Georgia

We begin by sharing with you the 25 things you need to know about Region 1. You will hear from Georgia’s speaker of the House, a state representative, juvenile court judges, and Collaborative partners, just how the 15 county Collaboratives in the northwest corner of Georgia are bringing communities together to help improve the lives of their fellow Georgians in that part of the state.

Watch this video, produced by the coordinators in Region 1:

Then stay tuned in February, when you’ll hear from Region 2.

We believe that by working together we can nurture children and families who thrive in vibrant communities—everywhere. So get involved with your local Georgia Family Connection Collaborative:

Bartow County
Bartow Collaborative, Inc.
Doug Belisle
[email protected]
678-719-2041
bartow.gafcp.org

Catoosa County
Catoosa Family Collaborative
Phil Ledbetter
[email protected]
706-935-5018
catoosa.gafcp.org

Chattooga County
Chattooga County Family Connection
Victoria S. VanPelt
[email protected]
706-857-7917
chattooga.gafcp.org

Dade County
DADE FIRST-Family Connection
Amanda D. Clark
[email protected]
706-657-7273
dade.gafcp.org

Fannin County
Fannin County Family Connection, Inc.
Sherry Morris
[email protected]
706-632-6063
fannin.gafcp.org

Floyd County
Rome-Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth
Dr. Carol Willis
[email protected]
706-232-0703
floyd.gafcp.org

Gilmer County
Gilmer County Family Connection Commission
Merle Howell-Naylor
[email protected]
706-276-2319
gilmer.gafcp.org

Gordon County
Family Connection of Gordon County
Roberta Charbonneau
[email protected]
706-602-5139
gordon.gafcp.org

Haralson County
Haralson County Family Connection Authority
Jim Winchester
[email protected]
770-537-0297
haralson.gafcp.org

Murray County
Murray County Family Connection
Pam Bishop
[email protected]
706-483-2684
murray.gafcp.org

Paulding County
Paulding County Family Connection
Nina Lauter
[email protected]
770-443-8003 x10211
paulding.gafcp.org

Pickens County
Pickens County Family Connection, Inc.
Jacqueline Elwarner
[email protected]
706-253-2319
pickens.gafcp.org

Polk County
Polk County Council for Children and Families, Inc.
Rhonda Heuer
[email protected]
770-748-1016
polk.gafcp.org

Walker County
Walker County Family Connection
Susan Wells
[email protected]
423-802-8991
walker.gafcp.org

Whitfield County
Children and Families First Community Partnership for Dalton/Whitfield, Inc.
Carlene Mutter
[email protected]
706-934-2851
whitfield.gafcp.org

 

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