Barrow County Family Connection Collaborative Member Agreement

Barrow County Family Connection, Inc. was established as a partnership of community citizens, agencies and businesses. These community citizens, agencies, and businesses consist of the local government, schools, social service providers, consumers, businesses, the faith community, civic organizations, parents and children.


Our mission is to improve the quality of life for all people in Barrow County
through community collaboration to strengthen families and promote education.

  • The desired results are ensuring all children are healthy, ready to start and perform better in school, have stable, economically self-sufficient families, and live in strong communities. The work of the collaborative is based on a framework of accountability. We believe that collaboration strengthens each partner’s work, whether that work occurs within an organization, a neighborhood, or an individual family.
  • The fulfillment of this mission shall adhere to the following principles: It shall be community based, family focused, accountable for results, based on collaboration, work toward prevention and early intervention, and shall recognize, joint and shared planning with our community and the state with an emphasis on local decision making.


We envision a community that is positive, caring, clean, safe, and involved. We envision a community of people from all walks of life engaged in working together to foster a healthy environment in which to live, work, and play.

CURRENT GOALS and strategies: FY 2015-FY 2016

Residents of Barrow County will be healthy, educated, free of violence and abuse, and live in an environment that promotes their well-being and self sufficiency.

  • Provide a safe environment for children through education and training, through the provision of accessible intervention and prevention programs and development of additional supportive services for children.
  • Educate service providers and the community at large about the crime of sexual violence, the availability of support services for adult victims and their families, and the importance of a coordinated community response.
  • Provide middle and high school students and their parent/guardians with an array of asset building opportunities and supports to ensure successful transition to high school and increase parent/ guardian involvement in their child(ren)’s personal development.
  • Provide an environment for students who learn better in a non-traditional setting to ensure they graduate from high school and are prepared to give back to peers and community and provide support and opportunities for involvement to their parents/guardians.


Members must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Membership is open to individuals who are residents of, persons employed in, or persons serving clients in Barrow County who are interested in partnering to further the purposes and functions of the collaborative, and who are willing to subscribe to the articles of incorporation and bylaws. There will be two types of members: non-voting and voting. Members can choose to change their type of membership at any time by submitting a new application.


  • Participate in at least one committee, task force, or event per fiscal year.
  • Work in partnership with others supporting human service efforts.
  • Support and assist in development of a unified approach to serving children and families that coordinates, evaluates, and implements a comprehensive long-range plan developed by the collaborative.
  • Eliminate needless duplication of services.


  • Attend at least fifty percent (50%) of the monthly collaborative meetings.


  • Request letters of support.
  • Be kept updated on the activities of the collaborative.
  • Recognition as a member of the Barrow County Collaborative.
  • Voting members may vote on any matter brought to the collaborative meeting and may submit items for voting consideration.