County by County Contact List
More than 80,000 children enter the juvenile justice system in Georgia every year. Navigating the system can be challenging for families as resources vary from county to county. Each county has a specific process for juvenile arrests. If your child is arrested at school, the resource officer will usually call you. Follow any instructions that officer gives you. This resource list is designed to save you time in finding contacts:
The State Department of Juvenile Justice outlines the juvenile justice process. Please click here to read more.
When My Child is Disciplined at School is a guidebook for parents and guardians from Georgia Appleseed. It is designed to help parents become advocates for their children and for fair, equitably applied school discipline policies. Too often early disciplinary problems at school can escalate to juvenile court involvement. Georgia Appleseed believes that parent involvement in schools is critically important to ensure a child’s educational progress and to help maintain safe schools and minimize the need to remove children from the regular classroom. Click here to read the guide.
FAQ from Fulton County Juvenile Court explains what to do if your child misses a court date, how to file a complaint against a child, and more. Click here
Accountability Courts can provide alternatives to detention and prison in Georgia. They include Adult/Felony Drug Courts, DUI Courts, Juvenile Drug Courts, Family Dependency Treatment Courts, and Mental Health Courts. These courts promote personal responsibility by holding the participant accountable for his/her actions and behaviors. It is not a get out of jail free card. Participants must go through intensive treatment, attend regular court sessions before the judge, submit to frequent random alcohol and drug testing, maintain employment, be financially responsible, support their families, pay fees, and in some cases, attend school. Accountability/Drug and DUI Courts take a team approach that functions within the existing court structure. The judge, defender, prosecutor, law enforcement, treatment provider, coordinator and others all work together to create a balance of authority, supervision, support, and encouragement for each participant. For more information, click here.
Community Resources for Children
A Friend’s House is for abused, neglected, and abandoned children in Henry County.
Another Way Out, Inc. is an after school and mentoring program that teaches youth to be responsible, productive future leaders.
Atlanta Alliance on Developmental Disabilities (A.A.D.D.) is one of Georgia’s providers of needed services, broad-based education, and effective support for children, adults, and families living with developmental disabilities.
Atlanta Children’s Shelter provides a safe haven for children to live free of charge.
Atlanta Community Food Bank supplies food for low income Georgian’s, at child care centers, food pantries and several other facilities.
Atlanta Enterprise Center provides several employment resources, including Direct Access to Atlanta’s Children’s Shelter (ACS).
The Atlanta Urban League Young Professionals (AULYP) is an organization with young professionals in Atlanta who are devoted to serving their local communities through social and community activism.
Auditory Verbal Center of Atlanta, Inc. is an extensive Auditory-Verbal center, that teaches mild to profoundly deaf children how to hear and speak without the use of sign language or lip reading.
Beacon of Hope, Inc. is an organization for strengthening families and communities through education, human services, and community, and helps children and youth to succeed in school and in life.
Midtown Learning Center: 404-815-7937
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta is one of the largest one-on-one mentoring organizations in the nation with several programs to mentor youth.
Black Child Development Institute-Atlanta Affiliate provides community based programs to advance and improve the quality of life for black children and families.
Boy Scouts, Atlanta Council is an organization with the mission to prepare young people to make ethical choices within their lives by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
Boy Scouts, Flint River Council is an organization that desires to teach young people principles of integrity, character, responsibility, and leadership, to prepare them to make ethical and moral choices in their lives.
Boy Scouts, Northeast Georgia Council is an organization that desires to teach young people principles of integrity, character, responsibility, and leadership, to prepare them to make ethical and moral choices in their lives.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta provides developmental programs that empower metro Atlanta youth, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to become productive adults.
The Bridge, Inc. has the mission to improve the quality of life and social functioning of Georgia’s troubled and abused adolescents by providing innovative community based and family focused therapeutic services, specialized education and residential care.
Calvary Refuge Center provides emergency and transitional housing and food for families in need.
CaringWorks Inc.’s mission is to improve the quality of life for low-income individuals and families by helping to increase their ability to be personally and economically self-sufficient.
CASA for Children, Inc. known as Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. develops and supports court-sanctioned, community-based programs that provide trained and supervised volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children involved in juvenile court deprivation proceedings.
Cherokee Child Advocacy Council is an organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect; and protecting and serving children and families.
Cherokee Family Violence Center is an organization that provides transitional housing for victims of violence, supportive services, community outreach, education, and legal advocacy.
Children’s Voice CASA, Inc. is a nonprofit organization which advocates for abused and neglected children involved in Juvenile Court deprivation proceedings in Douglas County.
CHRIS Kids is a non-profit organization that provides leadership for the community in the areas of child welfare, mental health, prevention of youth homelessness and excellence in non-profit management.
Cobb County Center for Children & Young Adults provides a safe, nurturing environment with comprehensive services for children and young adults who are abused, neglected or at risk.
Donation Line: (770) 333-9447
Cobb Housing, Inc. has the mission to enhance the community by providing a full range of affordable homeownership programs and services.
Communities In Schools of Atlanta has the mission to connect community resources with schools to help young people successfully learn, stay in school, and prepare for life.
Communities In Schools of Coweta has the mission to champion the connection of needed community resources with schools to help young people successfully learn, stay in school and prepare for life.
Community Concerns has a program for addressing the needs and concerns of area homeless citizens.
Cool Girls, Inc. is an early intervention after school program dedicated to the empowerment of low-income girls.
Create Your Dreams is for all of our students to graduate from high school, pursue a higher education, and become self-sufficient adults.
Crossroads Community Ministries, Inc. is an organization that empowers people who are homeless to move to economic and personal self sufficiency.
Decatur Cooperative Ministry, Inc. is a program that helps families experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
DeKalb County CASA represents the legal interests and rights of the children who have been abused and/or neglected.
Douglas County Retardation Association, Inc. provides individualized, community-based quality services to people with developmental disabilities.
The Drake House is a crisis residential assessment center for homeless women and children in North Fulton.
Easter Seals of North Georgia provides high-quality services to ensure that all children with disabilities or other special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities.
Elaine Clark Center for Exceptional Children is to be an innovative model of education and therapeutic play in a loving and safe environment for all young children, regardless of abilities.
Exceptional Ops is a program that advocates for specific policies and programs that benefit people with developmental disabilities and their families.
Families First is a non-profit family service agency in Georgia.
Family Promise of Gwinnett is an organization that has the mission to mobilize communities of congregations that partner with social service agencies to end homelessness.
Fayette County Board of Education has the mission to deliver effective instruction
and set high expectations resulting in continued improvement in student achievement.
Fayette Samaritans, Inc has the mission to provide food from their food pantry, clothing and financial assistance for selected emergency needs.
Fayette Youth Protection Homes has the mission to recruit, train, and support a network of family foster care homes to serve children of all ages.
Forever Family helps children become successful adults, helps their caregivers to raise them with love, and gives their parents a chance for a better life for themselves and their children.
The Frazer Center exists to maximize the potential of individuals with disabilities by providing quality comprehensive family and community based services, research and training, all on a sound financial basis.
Fulton County Court Appointed Special Advocates is a program dedicated to finally giving voice to abused and neglected children.