In 1991, Dawson County was one of 15 counties that volunteered to participate in a two year pilot program created by Gov. Zell Miller responding to the release of the Annie E. Casey Foundation inaugural national KIDS COUNT report in 1990 to track the status of children in the United States, placing Georgia 48th out of 50 states. This pilot program was called Georgia Family Connection.
A local collaboration was formed and in 1992 Dawson County Family Connection opened a school-based health clinic that included a school social worker, school nurse and Resource Officer. In 1998, we received our Certificate of Incorporation and our non-profit status. The collaborative is now known as Dawson County Community Partnership, Inc.
We have positioned ourselves as a non-profit focusing on networking and relationships; connecting both the general public to partners and partners to each other. Our collaborative is committed to strengthening children, families and the community.
By 2004 all 159 counties in the state had voluntarily become part of the Georgia Family Connection collaborative network with an expanded focus on overall child and family well-being.