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
Child Welfare Legal Academy - October 29, 2015
Our next Child Welfare Legal Academy, "Healthcare for Children in Foster Care," will take place on Thurs., October 29, 1:30-3:30 pm at Emory School of Law. Significant changes have occurred over the past year affecting health care for children in foster care. Panelists will explore the explore the Georgia Families 360° program and the implications of the changes.
Online registration is now open.
2016 Emory Summer Child Advocacy Program - Call for Placements
We are now accepting applications from agencies/organizations to serve as host placements for interns during the 2016 ESCAP. Information is available at http://bartoncenter.net/about/student-opportunities/internshipsinfo.html. Deadline to submit is November 6, 2015.
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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