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.
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The 2014 Child Welfare Legal Academy: A Year of Exploring Openness in Child Welfare
Additional sponsors of this series: The Supreme Court of Georgia's Committee on Justice for Children; The Georgia Department of Human Services; Casey Family Programs; and Voices for Georgia's Children. Please join us for a series of classes exploring the rationales in our current laws and policies around confidentiality in our child welfare system.
Class 5 - The Stigma of Foster Care
UPDATE: PLEASE NOTE THE START TIME CHANGE--The next installment of the Child Welfare Legal Academy will be Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at 1:30-3:45 pm at Emory School of Law. A panel of former foster youth from Georgia EmpowerMEnt will reflect on their experiences in foster care, particularly with respect to any stigma they experienced as a result of being labeled a "foster child." Terry Walsh, partner at Alston & Bird, will facilitate discussion with the goal of exploring the unintended consequences of laws and procedures designed to maintain confidentiality and protect the privacy of children and families.
Online pre-registration is now available at http://tinyurl/stigmaoffostercare.
Class 6 - A Public Case Review
Save the Date -- September 5, 2014: Open Adoptions
Our next Child Welfare Legal Academy will continue to explore the theme of openness in the child welfare system by examining the practice of open adoptions. Open adoptions, in which the biological and adoptive families have access to each other to varying degrees, are not a new phenomenon. Historically, most adoptive and biological parents have contact at least during the adoption process, but adoptions became closed due to a range of social pressures. In recent decades, open adoptions have become more common as the social stigma has lessened and research has suggested that openness is better for the child. Today, 60 to 70 percent of domestic adoptions are open. Join us on Friday, September 5, from 1:30-3:45pm at Emory Law School to hear a range of personal and professional reflections on this topic. To register online, visit www.tinyurl.com/openadoptions.
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