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
Emory Summer Child Advocacy Program
We are gearing up for the 2017 ESCAP training. If your organization is serving as a placement for a summer intern who is not part of ESCAP, we would be happy to include him/her in our training May 22-25 at Emory School of Law. This intensive 4-day training will give your interns an overview of the GA child welfare system and the skills and knowledge to get them started on Day 1 in your office. Contact Melinda Banks, mbanks8(at)emory.edu for details.
GA Child Welfare Legal Academy
Recent shifts in federal spending policies have signaled an uncertain future for federal programs that impact children in the areas of child welfare, early childhood, education, health, housing, and nutrition. Closer to home, the Georgia General Assembly concluded its 2017 session and the Atlanta Journal Constitution identified "children in foster care" among those "left behind by this year's legislation." Our next Legal Academy is scheduled for Wednesday, May 17, from 1:30-3:45 pm at Emory Law School. This program will feature a legislative update and discussion facilitated by State Representative Mary Margaret Oliver and Polly McKinney, Advocacy Director for Voices for Georgia's Children. Register online for this event.
Click on video presentations to view past Legal Academies.
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Guardian Ad Litem training
The Office of the Child Advocate is now offering online guardian ad litem training. This course offers 6.5 CLE hours and satisfies the GAL training requirement in O.C.G.A. § 15-11-104(f) and CAPTA Section 106. Access the training through this link: https://www.prosolutionstraining.com/ocagal.
Representing the Whole Child manual
Click on Representing the Whole Child: A Georgia Juvenile Defender Training Manual to view the second edition that is now available in pdf format. It will also be posted on our Publications page soon.
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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