About Us

Our Story

  • 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.
  • 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

The purpose of 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.

You Are Invited

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.

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.

Our Mission

To work collectively as a group to review the state of children and families in Paulding County and, based on data, identify the most critical issues for children and families that need to be addressed within the county, and develop annual plans that bring together the group’s resources to address those needs in the most cost-effective and efficient manner.

Our Vision

Paulding County will be a safe and stable community for children and families to live and prosper.

Our Family Connection Goals

  • School Readiness
  • School Success
  • Self-Sufficient Families
  • Strong Communities

About Georgia Family Connection

Georgia Family Connection is the only statewide network of its kind in the country with partners in all 159 counties working toward measurably better outcomes for our children, families, and communities. This gives us a unique vantage point—not only to see the big picture—but also to operate effectively at a local level.

We disentangle the mess of barriers, service gaps, and inefficiencies obscuring progress for our most vulnerable families. We do that by connecting our partners to resources, helping coordinate and manage efforts, and empowering our communities to craft local solutions based on local decisions.

Georgia Family Connection Partnership (GaFCP) represents and promotes Georgia Family Connection’s work, provides expertise in planning and governance, administers the state-appropriated funds for the local Collaboratives, sets standards of excellence, and helps Collaboratives evaluate their progress.

The state’s designated KIDS COUNT grantee, GaFCP also provides state agencies and policymakers with current, reliable data they need to inform decisions about improving conditions for the communities they serve.

Our Work

At Georgia Family Connection, we work to ensure that all children are healthy, primed for school, and succeed when they get there; families are stable, self-sufficient, and productive; and communities are vibrant, robust, and thriving.

None of these result areas stand in isolation. They overlap. By collaborating across sectors to address them, we nurture children and families who thrive in vibrant communities—everywhere. Because we work toward measurably better outcomes for everyone.