The Augusta Partnership for Children, Inc. brings consumers and organizations together to make decisions locally about what works best in terms of addressing the needs of children and families in our community. Together, these individuals and organizations make up a consortium that is comprised of a Board of Trustees and Membership Council.
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees consists of 26 members representing all sectors of the community. Out of the 26 seats, there are eight that are reserved for representatives from the Richmond County Department of Family and Children Services, Richmond County Board of Education, Department of Juvenile Justice, Community Mental Health agency, East Central Regional Health District, local government, faith community, and consumers of services. This body is responsible for overall governance of the organization to include policy making, sustainability/resource development and enhancing the organization’s public standing.
The Membership Council consists of over 120 partners representing local organizations/agencies, private citizens, the board of education, local government, churches, hospitals, community centers, and colleges and universities. Representatives from these partner agencies/organizations meet quarterly to discuss issues and accomplishments in the community concerning children and families. The discussions address gaps in services, as well as duplication in services and needed systems change. It is also an opportunity for sharing information and networking.
Each year, one of these meetings is dedicated to discussing updates for the Five-Year Community Strategic Plan, currently from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2015. The Council is divided into five committees. Each committee focuses on a set of benchmark objectives, established as a result of a community needs assessment pertaining to the following areas: Child Health, Child Development, School Success, Family Functioning, and Family Economic Capacity
The benchmark objectives serve as the basis for the development of the community's Strategic Plan. For each benchmark objective, baseline conditions and strategies are identified by the assigned committees. Furthermore, the partners declare what roles they will assume and make commitments in particular areas to ensure that services, programs and activities are available for consumers.