Barton Child Law and Policy Center

Our work

We train the next generation of child advocacy professionals in an interdisciplinary setting through classroom and clinical instruction, direct client representation, and systemic reform activities. We serve the community by promoting awareness, disseminating research, and collaborating with organizational partners, practitioners, and policymakers to improve the way Georgia cares for abused and court-involved children. We use and promote technology to improve the way child-serving systems function and to raise awareness about child abuse, foster care, adoption, and youth justice. We use research, data analysis, and the tools of the law to promote accountability in systems that serve children.


The Barton Center houses four clinical offerings for law and other graduate students.

Child Welfare

The scope of our child welfare work is systemic changes that will benefit children.

Community Education

At the Barton Center, our faculty and staff share our expertise and gather community input on system priorities.

Youth Justice

Improving children’s lives and the systems that serve children requires an understanding of both the issues.

Preventive legal advocacy

The Barton Center leads and supports efforts to further the field of early legal advocacy.

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