Region 11—Nurturing Healthy Families through Healthy Communities

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Georgia Family Connection turned 25 in 2016, so we’re taking you on a journey—region by region—throughout our anniversary year to show you the landscape for children and families across our state. This month we share the 25 things you need to know about Region 11.

The people who live in the southernmost corner of the state are caught up in the same cycle of poverty that people in rural Georgia struggled with 50 years ago. And today 30 percent of the children and families there are battling some kind of health disparity.


The 18 Georgia Family Connection county Collaboratives in the region came across a report issued from the United States Dept. of Agriculture with a path to prosperity that reflects Georgia Family Connection’s mission. According to the report, “improvement can only come when all segments of the population come together to provide opportunities for these people.”

Watch this video, produced by the coordinators in Region 11, which shows how these innovators, trendsetters, and game-changers have taken a lesson from history and are applying what 25 years of Family Connection has taught them: healthy and helpful communities bring about healthy and successful families.

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:

Atkinson County
Atkinson County Family Connection
Jennifer Brown

Bacon County
Bacon County Family Connection
Kim Vickers

Ben Hill County
Ben Hill County Family Connection
Christine Graham

Berrien County
Family Connection/Communities In Schools of Berrien County
Sara Paulk

Brantley County
Brantley County Family Connection, Inc.
Laura Kelley

Brooks County
Brooks County Family Connection
Natalie Singletary

Charlton County
Charlton County Family Connection
Carla Rodeffer

Clinch County
Clinch County Family Connection
Jennifer Smith

Coffee County
Coffee County Family Connection
April Thomason

Cook County
Cook County Family Connection
Zoe Myers

Echols County
Echols County Family Connection
Sylvia Tefft

Irwin County
Irwin County Family Connection, Inc.
Laverne McConico

Lanier County
Lanier County Family Connection
Amy Lollis

Lowndes County
Lowndes/Valdosta Commission for Children & Youth
Seth Brown

Pierce County
Pierce County Family Connection
Stephanie Bell

Tift County
Tift County Commission on Children and Youth
Lillie McEntyre

Turner County
Family Connection of Turner County

Ware County
Ware Children’s Initiative
Gail Seifert

Read about the 25 things you need to know about Region 10—where it’s time for a special Collaborative edition of Family Feud. Watch coordinators try to out-think each other in identifying ways that the 14 county Collaboratives of the region are transitioning families out of poverty, curbing risky behavior, and engaging partners in collaborative work.

Check back in December, when you’ll hear from Region 12.

If you’re part of a family, or you’re someone who supports families and communities in this state, Georgia Family Connection’s milestone anniversary should matter to you. Find out why.