Barton Child Law and Policy Center


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When Families Need Housing, Georgia Will Pay for Foster Care Rather Than Provide Assistance

In more than 700 cases over five years, Georgia reported inadequate housing as the sole reason for taking a child into foster care, a WABE and ProPublica analysis found. Advocates say it...

Tax credit to help kids aging out of foster care raises nearly $10 million

ATLANTA — A nonprofit formed to help administer a new state tax credit to support foster children aging out of the system raised nearly $10 million during its first year....
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Families frustrated over child welfare intervention

ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - As the U.S. Senate subcommittee held its fourth hearing Thursday into the nation’s foster care system, four families who’ve had heartbreaking experiences with Georgia’s system are...

Barton Center to host PLA Virtual Summit on December 15th

On December 15, 2023, the Barton Center will host the first virtual conference dedicated to the field of preventive legal advocacy and pre-petition representation. Join us for this national gathering of early...
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Senators hear testimony about problems with Georgia’s foster care system

Sen. Jon Ossoff lead a hearing before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law to review findings from an ongoing investigation into problems throughout the state’s child welfare...
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Pa’s child abuse registry does more harm than good. Abolish it.

There's no evidence the registry keeps kids safe, but there are data showing that it bars people from a whole host of jobs over their lifetime — which makes it harder for...

Family First: A group of Washington lawyers works to keep infants with their mothers

Emilie Cook is the preventative legal advocacy fellow at Emory University School of Law’s Barton Child Law and Policy Center. In her role, she supports and provides technical assistance to existing and...
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Georgia leading nation in new juvenile lifers

Georgia has seen a 100% increase in its number of juvenile lifers — young people, under 18, sentenced to life without parole — since 2012 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that...

Juvenile justice advocates want court to overturn Manitowoc County teen’s conviction

A group of juvenile justice advocates from the across the country filed a brief Friday, urging the state Court of Appeals to overturn Damian Hauschultz’s conviction for the death of his cousin,...
FILE - Georgia Human Services Commissioner Candice Broce, right, testifies in favor of a bill that would slow the flow of children into foster care on Feb. 16, 2023, at the Capitol in Atlanta. Broce has said that the insurer managing care for Georgia's foster children is denying too many requests for mental health care. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy, File)

Georgia Medicaid insurer denied psychotherapy for thousands

A newspaper finds that the insurance company that manages medical care for many Georgia children has denied or partially denied more than 6,500 requests for psychotherapy between 2019 and mid-2022....
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Georgia kids in foster care face obstacles to access mental health services

The 11-year-old entered foster care in crisis. Within hours of being released from a psychiatric unit and arriving at her foster home, she smeared feces all over a bathroom and attempted to...

Employees at Clayton teen shelter arrested for child molestation, cover up

The executive director of a shelter for teenagers and her son were arrested last week after a child was allegedly molested in their care, a crime that leaders at the facility are...

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