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
VOX announces juvenile justice publication
VOX Teen Communications has released an online version of their newspaper Know Your Rights -- A teen's guide to the laws that make and break us. The publication highlights changes in Georgia's Juvenile Code. Read the publication»
Child Welfare Legal Academy - September 23, 2015
Our next Child Welfare Legal Academy "Understanding Legal Guardianships in Georgia" is slated for Wed., September 23, 1:00-4:00 p.m., at Fulton County Juvenile Court training room. A panel will present various types of guardianships available for children and youth in foster care and strategies for utliziing them in advocacy efforts for child clients in dependency proceedings.
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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