Who We Are
Augusta Partnership for Children, Inc. (APC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit collaborative that responds to the ever-changing needs of the community and partners with agencies and organizations representing: Business, Government, Education, Healthcare, Faith-based, Social services and other private citizens to address these needs.
It is one of 159 networks of community organizations/agencies designated by the state of Georgia to focus on children. This network is known as the Georgia Family Connection Partnership and focuses on five result areas:
- Healthy Children
- Children Primed for School
- Children Succeeding in School
- Stable, Self-Sufficient, and Productive Families
- Thriving Communities
What We Do
Utilize the collective impact framework to foster alignment of community systems to ensure that: children are healthy; primed for and succeeding in school; families are stable, self-sufficient, productive and the community is thriving.
How We Do It
APC, Inc. serves as a catalyst for aligning community service systems and supports by facilitating: alignment across systems; collaboration among all sectors of the community to address complex health and social issues impacting children and their families and the development and execution of a comprehensive plan to address key indicators of community health.
- Actively reaching out into the community to identify persons most in need
- Making appropriate referrals
- Conducting follow-up to ensure clients are obtaining needed support
- Coordinating needed services through client assessment, monitoring, facilitation, and follow-up on utilization of needed services
- Coordinating services from multiple providers to meet each family's individual needs
Focusing on the power of collaboration, partnerships are formed to provide guidance and services to children and families in need. Partnerships are formed with the following groups:
- Community leaders
- Consumers and families
- Clinical and social service providers
- Public and private sector organizations
Coordinating Community & Parent Education Programs
- Keeping the community aware of issues and useful information
- Training (job skills)
- Ensuring parent education
- Building the capacity of organizations to administer programs effectively
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 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 Community Strategic Plan, currently from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. 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: Healthy Children, Children Primed for School, Children Succeeding in School, Stable, Self-Sufficient, and Productive Families, and Thriving Communities.
The benchmark objectives serve as the basis for the development of the community's Annual Plan. For each benchmark objective, baseline conditions and strategies are identified by the corresponding strategy teams. 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.