Who We Are
Children's Policy Cooperative of Jefferson County
"Building Partnerships to Benefit Children"
How We Began
The Jefferson County Children’s Policy Council (CPC) was established in 1999 as a result of state legislation (All Alabama counties were directed to develop CPCs).* This legislation also mandated that Juvenile Court Judges serve as CPC Chairs and that each CPC conduct an annual Needs Assessment to identify gaps in services to children.
In November 2000 under the leadership of Judge Sandra Storm, Jefferson County Family Court hired Susan Cotten as the director for the CPC. Family Court also provided office space, match money and countless in-kind services for the Council. As an unincorporated association, the Jefferson County CPC began holding monthly meetings in February 2001.
The good news: Jefferson County's CPC was assembling an unprecedented gathering of local knowledge and experience pertaining to children’s issues. The not-so-good news: funding from the CPC’s major source of income (Children’s Trust Fund of Alabama - CTF) was in jeopardy. Family Court increased its support of the CPC by contributing the funding that CTF was no longer able to provide.
In 2003, the CPC established an Executive Committee, chaired by Al Rohling of the Alabama Child Caring Foundation, to provide steering and leadership. Chief among the Executive Committee's recommendations was that the CPC form a legal entity that could apply for recognition as a 501(c)(3) in order to receive funding needed to sustain its operation.
In 2004, the law firm Bradley Arant Rose and White, LLP provided pro-bono assistance that led to the incorporation of the Children's Policy Cooperative of Jefferson County (the Cooperative). In March 2005, the Cooperative received notice from the IRS of its provisional status as a non-profit organization exempt from Federal income tax. Caro Shanahan, who at the time served as Director of the Jefferson County Department of Human Resources, was elected President of the Board of Directors.
We're a non-profit cooperative dedicated to building partnerships among all those in Jefferson County who work for the well-being of children. There is no other organization dedicated to bringing people together to learn about children's issues, to find resources and to build projects and programs through partnerships. When people work with the Children's Policy Cooperative, they learn more about other programs and available services.
Please click on "Get Involved" to learn about the Cooperative's All-Volunteer Work Groups which were established to address issues identified through the CPC's annual needs assessment.
The Children's Policy Council is also a Jefferson County Health Action Partner. The partnership is a coalition of over 60 agencies committed to improving community health. The Health Action Partnership led by the Jefferson County Department of Health, with strong support from United Way of Central Alabama, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, and UAB School of Public Health pursues goals for improving health and quality of life.
Please click here to learn more about our work as a Health Action Partner.
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