Barton Child Law and Policy Center
The Barton Child Law and Policy Center promotes and protects the legal rights and interests of children who are involved with the juvenile court, child welfare, and juvenile justice systems. The Center's work is directed by Emory Law faculty and performed by law and other graduate students who participate in reform initiatives and holistic client representation by conducting research; advocating for individual clients; writing articles, policy papers, and other informational materials; and analyzing and drafting legislation and policy directives.
News from the Barton Center
Barton Center Celebrates 15th Anniversary
The Barton Child Law and Policy Center proudly celebrates its 15th Anniversary. The Center has spent the past 15 years promoting and protecting the legal rights of children who are involved with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. While our work has been focused on Georgia's most vulnerable citizens, the Center's research has been utilized to inform policy and legislative reforms nationwide. We are particularly proud of our Center alumni who have continued to advocate for children through their careers and pro bono efforts. We look forward to another 15 years of positively impacting children's lives through high quality legal representation and research-based systemic reforms.
Child Welfare Legal Academy - April
Mark your calendars to save the dates for the next Child Welfare Legal Academy. Tuesday, April 21, from 1-3:15 pm at Emory University School of Law. Attorney and former Juvenile Court Judge, Tom Rawlings, will present findings on recent developments with the reversals of TPRs in appellate court and case management strategies to reduce the likelihood of an overturned ruling. More details are available on the registration site tinyurl.com/tpr-reversals.
Child Welfare Legal Academy - May
Our May Child Welfare Legal Academy "Utilizing Law and Policies to Transition Foster Youth to Successful Adulthood," on Wed., May 20, 12:15-2:30 pm will feature a panel of child advocate professionals. This panel includes Carmen C. Callaway, DFCS Community Programs; Nia I. Cantey, Georgia ILP; Kathleen A. Edwards, GA Independent Living Specialist - Dekalb County; and, Mitzie Smith, Child Welfare Programs and Policy, Georgia DFCS. Temika W. Murry, Attorney and Child Welfare Legal Specialist, Dekalb County Child Advocacy Center, will serve as Moderator. Panelists will highlight the revised juvenile code and updated state policies that provide strong legal framework to enable youth to reach their full potential as they transition from foster care to adult independence. NOTE: This program will be held at Dekalb County Juvenile Court. Registration and more details are available at tinyurl.com/transitionsuccessfuladult.
HR 4980 Preventing Sex Trafficking becomes law
On September 30, 2014, President Obama signed the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act into law. In addition to many new requirements to combat sex trafficking, this bill makes significant changes to our child welfare law. It includes new mandates for government regarding "runaways," new mandated "normalcy" provisions, restrictions on the use of APPLA for children under 16, and new rights for children in foster care. A summary being prepared by the ABA to explain what this new federal law means for the states will soon be available at www.childlawpractice.org.
Child Welfare Legal Academy presentation videos are back online!
Thank you for your patience as Emory School of Law transitioned to a new website. Our most recent Child Welfare Legal Academy presentations and juvenile code revision presentations are now available. Please visit and bookmark the Barton Center's "Presentations" page on the Emory Law website.
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