Family Connection Celebrates 25 Years

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The start of March will bring a special anniversary for Baldwin Family Connection. Georgia Family Connection, known as the only statewide network of its kind in the country dedicated to the health and well being of families and communities, turns 25 this year.

“This anniversary represents a significant milestone for us,” said Gaye Smith, executive director of Georgia Family Connection Partnership via news release.

“It’s a testament to our unwavering commitment of working toward measurably better outcomes for everyone – healthy children who are primed for school and succeed when they get there; families who are stable, self-sufficient, and productive; and communities that are vibrant, robust, and thriving.”

Baldwin Family Connection is also commemorating the anniversary by highlighting the impact the partnership between the state and local Family Connection organization has had on the community throughout these past 25 years.

“This anniversary is also a testament to the strength of the relationships Family Connection maintains with partners in all 159 counties – not just Baldwin County,” said Janet Cavin, Baldwin Family Connection coordinator.

Baldwin Family Connection partners with local schools and community organizations to help improve the health and well being of families by promoting health and education.

The mission of Baldwin Family Connection is to work as a collaborative network to serve as the local decision-making body, bringing community partners together to develop, implement, and evaluate plans that address the serious challenges facing Baldwin County’s children and families.

In its most recent years, Baldwin Family Connection has taken measures to address the childhood obesity rate in the area.

“One of the issues that the Baldwin Family Connection collaborative is working on is to reduce the childhood obesity rate. Thirty percent of our county’s children are over-weight or obese. We are trying to provide access to healthy food and opportunities for physical exercise for all the children in our community,” Cavin said.

“We were chosen to participate in a three county cohort to address this epidemic and have received grant funds, training and technical assistance to support our initiative. We are able to successfully work toward this goal due to strong community partnerships.”

Some of these partners include Live Healthy Baldwin, Baldwin County Parks and Recreation Department, Oconee Regional Medical Center, Milledgeville Garden Association, Baldwin County Schools, and the Milledgeville Bike Club.

Baldwin Family Connection will celebrate the 25th anniversary at its executive board meeting.

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For further information on the programs and initiatives offered by Baldwin Family Connection, call Janet Cavin at 478-457-2000 or email her at

Georgia Family Connection is a statewide network with a Collaborative in all 159 counties.

Read, Georgia Family Connection Celebrates 25-Year Commitment to Families and Communities.