Coweta County has been chosen as an emerging site for the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services’ “State of Hope” initiative.
“State of Hope” encourages nonprofits, philanthropies, government, businesses and communities to collaborate closely to build local safety nets that will prevent conditions that contribute to disparities in education, threaten a family’s self-sufficiency, and could lead to child abuse and neglect, according to www.dfcs.georgia.gov .
The initiative is a collaboration between Georgia Family Connection, Georgia DFCS and Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Social Work.
Linda Kirkpatrick, president of Family Patterns Matter, said she had received an email about the initiative and began to look into creating a program in Coweta.
Kirkpatrick said she reached out to the Coweta County DFCS Director Gretchen Cleveland, who said she should apply for the program. Family Patterns Matter was then chosen as an emerging site for the initiative.
Family Patterns Matter is currently the only host group for “State of Hope” in DFCS Region 4. The goal is for there to be 14 Regions of Hope across Georgia, with multiple sites in each region, according to www.dfcs.georgia.gov .
To become an official site, Kirkpatrick said Family Patterns Matter has to come up with a plan for who they want to serve in the community and how they will do so.
Family Patterns Matter, along with other community groups involved, has chosen the Department of Juvenile Justice as their focus. They are currently meeting to make a plan on how they will use the “State of Hope” initiative in the community.
Kirkpatrick said she hopes they will have a plan on implementing the program by June.
She said other organizations who want to be involved can contact Family Patterns Matter at firstname.lastname@example.org .