In the early 1900's, the Minnesota State Legislature acted to create a vehicle to foster
inter-agency collaboration on a very local level, to address issues affecting families with children. The goal of collaboratives
is to work toward shared assessment of the children's needs, and to plan activities and pool resources to address them. Family
Service Collaboratives are generally comprised of entities, which provide services that impact the health and social well-being
of children. Community Action Agencies such as SMOC are mandated participants in the creation and implementation of collaboratives.
SMOC currently participates in the Nobles and Rock County Collaboratives. Activities and projects
developed by these bodies include: asset building for youth, literacy programming, domestic abuse prevention counseling, child
advocates in school systems, bi-lingual outreach services, and building local coalitions to address youth issues.
To promote the development of service systems that
more effectively support the needs of local families,
Family Connections had agreed to assume
~ To advocate for families' support needs by
identifying community goal-setting and fostering the leadership
and collaboration needed to address these issues.
~ To convene problem-solving dialogue on issues that
cross systems and to assist in coordinating system improvement
efforts being planned by other collaborative
~ To establish a comprehensive
strategic plan that can guide county-wide
efforts to create support systems that will nurture the development
of healthy families.
~ To provide funding
or other resources to agencies promoting prevention
and early intervention services for families.
To initiate programs that can fill services gaps or enhance existing services.