Georgia Chosen for Study of Legal Representation of Abused Children

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More than 100 Georgia attorneys will participate in a four-year study of the legal representation of neglected and abused children. Georgia was chosen as one of two states to be research and demonstration sites for the National Quality Improvement Center on the Representation of Children in the Child Welfare System.

The Georgia Supreme Court’s Committee on Justice for Children will administer the study in partnership with the Barton Child Law and Policy Center at Emory University and the Georgia Association of Counsel for Children.

“Being part of this study provides Georgia a good opportunity to train attorneys to become better advocates for the children of our state,” Georgia Supreme Court Justice Harris P. Hines said. “It is hoped that the training will have a positive impact by lessening the time it takes to safely return children to their parents, or if this cannot be done, to timely find permanent families for Georgia’s foster children.”

The National Quality Improvement Center at the University of Michigan Law School collaborating with the U.S. Children’s Bureau chose Georgia and Washington as the two test sites.


One thought on “Georgia Chosen for Study of Legal Representation of Abused Children

  1. That is a much needed training for attorneys – sensitizing them to the long term effects of child abuse and neglect and identifying correctly which children would be better of in foster care versus biological home; as well as addressing child abuse ramifications are critical issues that need to be addressed.

    Dr Gopal
    The Supportive Foster Parent