To empower our community to craft local solutions based on local decisions, we have access to the latest research and information about best practices for collaborating and improving the well-being of children and families.

  • Dive into state and local level policies that affect Georgia’s communities.
  • Check out the Evaluation Snapshot series of research summaries that will help as we plan, implement, and account for effects of our strategies on outcomes for children and families.
  • View or download annual reports as well as compendiums regarding topics like building the path to reading proficiency and addressing low birthweight in Georgia.
  • Check out the Georgia Civic Health Index, which seeks to answer the question: “How do Georgians participate in civic life and what does it mean for Georgia?”


988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Lifeline) is a national network of state and local crisis centers linked through a 24/7 toll-free number (1-800-273-TALK or 8255) that connects callers throughout the U.S. to immediate crisis care. The Lifeline network consists of over 170 independently operated local- and state-funded crisis centers. Ideally, callers are connected with a local counselor in their own state. However, if the local center is unable to answer, the Lifeline reroutes calls to backup centers in their network, both in- and out-of-state.

Although the Lifeline has proven itself to be an essential and necessary component of the suicide prevention and mental health crisis care system, the current Lifeline network consistently faces two main interconnected barriers to its effectiveness and success: insufficient funding and the capacity to respond to a steadily increasing call volume.

Funding and capacity issues must be addressed now, as the new 988 number gains usage across the country. The (federal) National Suicide Hotline Designation Act (S.2661) was signed into law in October 2020; the law and its related Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruling officially designated 988 as the three-digit dialing code for the Lifeline. The law also aimed to strengthen local crisis response capacity to adequately meet 988 service demand by allowing each state to pass their own legislation funding 988 the same way as 911, through state-managed monthly customer service fees.

Adult Protective Services

Affordable Connectivity Program

American Red Cross

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Amity House Crisis Center

Athens-Clarke County Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Program

Brantley County Emergency Management Agency (EMA)

Break the Cycle

Bright by Text

• Bright by Text is a nationwide text messaging platform that supports parents and caregivers of children -- from prenatal to age eight – to help them make the most of everyday interactions.
• Parents and caregivers can sign up by simply texting the word “GPB” to 274448 or by going to this link:
• The service leverages the reach of text messaging to engage parents and caregivers where they are, delivering important tips, activities and resources directly to their mobile device.
• Free for Georgia parents and caregivers of children from prenatal to age eight and offered through a partnership between Georgia Public Broadcasting and United Way of Metro Atlanta.
• Evidence-based content from trusted early childhood experts.
• Messages are delivered 2-4 times per week and tailored to the age and stage of their child’s development.
• Multigenerational content, proven to increase caregiver confidence, competence and connections.


CheckDEC is a free mobile app that immediately connects children, families and professionals to substance abuse-related information, crisis helplines, drug and treatment information, supportive resources and services within their local area.

Brought to you by the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children and Office for Victims of Crime

Child Support Services – Parental Accountability Court (PAC) Program

Community Action Agency – Camden County

Community Action Agency – Glynn County