Laurens County Family Connection Collaborative, whose official name is Dublin/Laurens Commission on Children, Yoth and Families, was started in 1992 through funding provided by Georgia Family Connection. After working as a “Meet and Confer” group for a few years, the group organized to the point of creating bylaws and seeking legal status. The Commission was created under House Bill 1763, adopted on March 3, 1998, and signed by the Governor of the State of Georgia on March 27, 1998, under the legal name of Dublin/Laurens Commission on Children, Youth and Families. The Bill went into effect on July 1, 1998. Since that time, the Collaborative has filed and obtained 501 (c) 3 status under the Internal Revenue Service. From its embarkation, the Collaborative has had several directors to come and go with the current Director being in place since August 2003. The Collaborative is overseen by a 22 member Board of Directors that diligently work to improve lives for children and families in Dublin/Laurens County.
Designated as the local decision making body for prioritizing the needs of families and children, the Laurens County Family Connection Collaborative brings community partners together to develop, implement, and evaluate plans that address the serious challenges facing Laurens County’s children and families.
The Collaborative continues to focus on networking and relationships; connecting both the general public to partners and partners to each other. While there is no one sentence to explain what Laurens County Family Connection Collaborative does, the tag line says it all, “Helping People Help Others”.