Family and Children
The Jackson County Family and Children First Council includes families and people from local agencies and community organizations in Jackson County. This group works together as partners to improve the well-being of children and families.Simply, the Family and Children First Council is a way for families and thier children to get services through service coordination.
What is a service?
A service is an activity or support that helps children and families. Families can get services from agencies, organizations, and informal supports, like neighbors and friends.
What does Service Coordination do?
Service Coordination helps bring services to children and families in a way that is simple and organized.
Jackson County is
responsive to its children and families
as they strive toward attaining their maximum potential.
First Councilís Mission
where children and families are valued and supported. Through
services and programs are developed and utilized to enrich our
families to identify their strengths,
priorities, concerns, and needs.
family centered, culturally sensitive,
individual services, and supports based on strengths and needs.
community-based awareness of various
systems that provide services and supports to families and the positive
the investment in these services and supports has on the overall
- Focus on developing and sustaining a continuum
of services for children and families in Jackson County.
- Focus on a system that pools and maximizes
county resources and utilizes local dollars to access state and federal
- Ensure availability of service coordination in a
consumer friendly, non-categorical approach.
- Affirm that the community is part of the
solution and that private and public partners will commit their time
- Affirm that all families are partners in
defining the issues, for planning a solution, and for using the most
appropriate community-based services and supports.
- Measure and promote the effectiveness of the
services offered in achieving results for families and children.
First Councilís Goals
expectant parents and newborns thrive
infants and toddlers thrive
children are ready for school
children and youth succeed in school
youth choose healthy behaviors
youth successfully transition into adulthood