Vision & Mission
Established in 2003, Voices for Georgia’s Children is a nonprofit child policy and advocacy organization that envisions a Georgia where children are safe, healthy, educated, employable, and connected to their family and community. Our mission is to be a powerful, unifying voice for a public agenda that ensures the well-being of all of Georgia’s children.
Although Georgia has taken steps to improve the lives of children, there is still a lot of work to do. According to the latest Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Book, Georgia ranks 37th among states for child well-being – a figure that is steadily improving, but still a disappointment for Georgia’s kids. If we want Georgia’s children to compete both nationally and internationally, we must start at the beginning and support children and their families from birth into young adulthood.
To fulfill our mission and, ultimately, make life better for Georgia’s children, we provide the necessary research-based information, measures, collective voice and proposed legislation to help guide decision makers in the right direction – that is, supporting policies that ensure Georgia’s children grow up to be healthy, educated and productive citizens. It’s a win for children, it’s a win for Georgia.
At Voices for Georgia’s Children (Voices), we have developed a long-term, comprehensive policy agenda focused on early childhood, child health and transitioning youth to foster change in five measures of child well being (see table below). We have learned through research that certain interventions positively impact more than one measure; therefore, we believe the following three components of our policy agenda will improve outcomes for children in all five areas:
- Early Childhood. We believe that investing in children from birth until school-age is essential for improving child well being and education in Georgia. We propose a public agenda for the state that supports young children and their families with a focus on family supports, good health, and early care and learning. Learn more about our Zero to Five Policy Framework in our publication, Compounding Interest.
- Child Health. Children with health insurance coverage are healthier than those without it; therefore, we promote coverage for all children in Georgia. We also are working to improve the amount and quality of child health data from the state, which help guide state and community leaders in improving the physical, oral and mental health of children. Review data from 2007 to present in our Healthy Steps Indicators publications found on our publications and research webpage related to child health.
- Transitioning Youth.
- For children to successfully transition into adulthood, they must receive broad support from their family, community and the state. Voices is committed to ensuring successful transitions for all of Georgia’s children – especially those in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems; failing or not attending school; and lacking a supportive family environment. Our solutions encompass four important areas: Strong families, supportive communities, school strategies focused on vulnerable youth, and collaborative and effective government.
- In addition, through our JUSTGeorgia coalition, we are working with other advocates, and state and community leaders to improve how children are treated under the law and in the courts. A new juvenile code will lead to better outcomes for court-involved children who are abused, neglected, or delinquent.
- We have created a long-term policy agenda for children. We use this policy framework to work closely with legislators, agency staff, and state and community leaders to make sure children are a priority for the state.
- We are expanding and educating leadership for children. Browse our Research & Publications webpage for fact sheets, reports and other publications from Voices and the child advocacy community.
- We are building the public will to improve child well being. Visit our Take Action webpage to learn how you too can join our cause.
Voices is an independent, nonpartisan organization. In addition, we lead several collaborative groups – who help to expand our advocacy – including the Georgia Birth to Five Coalition, the Georgia Children’s Advocacy Network (GA-CAN) and the JUSTGeorgia coalition. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about them, our child policy issues and how you can join our cause.
Voices FY 2013-2014 Tax Return
Voices FY 2012-2013 Tax Return
Voices FY 2011-2012 Tax Return
Voices FY 2010-2011 Tax Return
Voices FY 2009-2010 Tax Return
Voices FY 2008-2009 Tax Return
Voices FY 2007-2008 Tax Return