Paulding Family Connection History


  • In 1991 a small group of agency directors came together to address the needs of families and children in Paulding County. This group was organized as a private non profit body dedicated to building a community in which systems are aligned to support families and to help every child reach his or her full potential. This was the beginning of The Paulding Collaborative.
  • In 1994 The Paulding Collaborative joined the second wave of counties to be added to the Georgia Family Connection network. (To read more about this unique statewide initiative, click on Ga Family Connection History.)
  • In 2008 it was determined by members of the Paulding community and the Georgia Family Connection Partnership that “in order to be more aligned with the purpose and direction of the statewide Family Connection initiative” a reorganization was necessary.
  • In 2009 a new “meet and confer” group was formed and the Paulding Family Connection Children’s Cabinet was born.
  • In order to be more inclusive to adults, families and children aging out of the school system, the FY16 board of directors votes to change the name from Paulding Family Connection Children’s Cabinet to Paulding Family Connection.

Our by-laws state:

The purpose of the Collaborative entity PAULDING FAMILY CONNECTION is to:
• Review community data regarding the state of the county and the health and well-being of its children and families;
• Identify the most critical issues for children and families that need to be addressed within the county based on those data;
• Develop and approve an annual plan, based on the county data, to address those needs in the most cost-effective and efficient manner;
• Develop and approve strategies that identify specific populations of focus, partners and financial resources to address the issues and the needs of those high-priority target groups cited in the annual plan;
• Provide feed-back to all partners on the successes and challenges encountered during implementation of the strategies as identified in the annual plan;
• Develop approaches to sustain the success of programs and services that were identified and developed through the annual plan.

The Collaborative membership may consist of stakeholders within the community who are committed to improving the well-being of Paulding County children and families including but not limited to: government agencies, businesses, non-profit organizations, faith-based entities, families and individuals.


You Are Invited: 

We welcome and encourage all members of the community to attend our monthly meetings. Please join us and consider becoming an active member and discover the many opportunities to volunteer and make a difference in your community!

WHEN: Fourth Thursday of every month with exceptions in November & December (third Thursday) due to holiday schedules and no meeting in July

WHERE: Dianne Wright Innovation Center, 140 Bethel Church Rd., Hiram, GA 30141

TIME:   9:00am – 11:00am  General Meeting – the executive committee meeting from 8:30am-9:00am

Together we will build a strong, safe and stable community for all children and families in Paulding County.