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.
Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc.
Does use volunteer attorneys
Atlanta Legal Aid Society serves children who have an active delinquency, dependency or status offense case at the Fulton County Juvenile Court. They work in partnership with the child, the child’s family, the probation officer and the attorney representing the child in the active case to identify the underlying needs that led to court involvement, and advocates (and litigates if necessary) on the child’s behalf to ensure that these needs are met.
Aside from handling cases, volunteer attorneys assist in trial preparation and case investigation. The office also utilizes volunteer law students and other professionals. Trainings for volunteers are provided as needed. The office does accept calls from the public and from children seeking legal information. Clients are referred from juvenile court, social service agencies, schools, health care professionals, clients themselves or other attorneys.
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
15% children’s law
Does use volunteer attorneys
The Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF) was established as an independent non- profit organization in 1979 through an initiative of a local bar association. In the Guardian Ad Litem Program, pro bono attorneys represent the best interest of children whose parents are disputing custody in Fulton Superior Court in Atlanta. The One Child, One Lawyer Program provides representation to children whose parents are in the drug court system. Such children are generally removed from their homes, and AVLF provides attorneys ad litem to represent the best interest of the children throughout the entirety of their legal case. The program trains volunteers and provides ongoing support, including case consultation and continuing education seminars.
The Advocacy in Education Program educates the public about the educational rights of children with special needs and provides legal counsel for the direct representation of qualified families who are concerned that their child may not be receiving the special education that is demanded by law. Pro bono attorneys also represent teenage girls in juvenile courts through referrals from Planned Parenthood.
Clients are referred to AVLF through the courts, social service agencies, other attorneys and former clients. Volunteer attorneys are actively recruited through the local bar, law firms, law schools and seminars to represent children. Volunteers work independently, reporting progress and results to the staff in writing, and call for back up assistance when needed. The two staff attorneys are assisted by one paralegal, two support staff, and law students.
DeKalb County Child Advocacy Center
Gregory A. Adams Juvenile Justice Center
4309 Memorial Drive – Third Floor
Decatur, Georgia 30032
Phone: (404) 294-2646
Email: [email protected]
100% Children’s Law
The DeKalb County Child Advocacy Center provides legal representation and ongoing advocacy for children in foster care. Our goal is to protect the legal rights of child-clients, advocate for resources that improve their well-being outcomes and provide them with permanent, safe and stable homes.
The DeKalb County Child Advocacy Center (DCCAC) represents the legal rights and best interests of abused and neglected children in all dependency matters before the DeKalb County Juvenile Court. Child-clients are generally placed in the legal custody of the Department of Family and Children Services (foster care), and are physically placed in foster homes, group homes, and therapeutic institutions, or with biological and fictive relatives. DCCAC attorneys, investigators and support staff investigate allegations of abuse and litigate dependency cases that are before the Juvenile Court. The DCCAC also provides ongoing case monitoring and advocacy by collaborating with multidisciplinary stakeholders to ensure that our clients’ wellbeing needs are met and that permanent homes and caretakers are identified.