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Child Protection and Advocacy

The purpose of this Section shall be to promote the objectives of the State Bar of Georgia within the field of Child Protection and Advocacy. The Section shall provide a forum for dissemination of information on aspects of juvenile law practice related to children: prosecution and agency representation, parent representation, child representation, and guardian ad litem work in deprivation or dependency and termination of parental rights proceedings in Juvenile and Probate Courts; defense and prosecution of delinquency and status offender or CHINS (Children in Need of Services) cases; miscellaneous Juvenile Court advocacy regarding competency, emancipation and parental notification issues; and handling of adoption proceedings. The Section shall additionally focus on representation at school tribunals, advocacy in IEP and other meetings, and quasi-judicial procurement of social security disability, Medicaid and other entitlements. The Section will participate in efforts to keep members informed of changing federal and state laws and of agency rules, policies and regulations and to enhance the practice of law relevant to children, except for matters related to matrimonial law as covered by the Family Law Section. The Section shall cooperate with and assist the Young Lawyer's Division's Juvenile Law Committee in its endeavors and activities on behalf of children and may elect to assist in other related activities, upon request.

Dues: $20/yr
Section Year: June to June (one year term)

Section Officers

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Chair: Laurie Thomas

Vice Chair: Tonya Boga

Secretary: Jill Roth

Treasurer: Randee Waldman

Immediate Past Chair: JP Berlon


CLE Recordings

These recordings are for informational purposes only. No CLE credit will be given for viewing the recordings.

1/26/23: Child Protection & Advocacy Law Section | Annual Meeting

1/26/23: Professionalism Representation in Child Welfare

1/27/2022: Delinquency and Dependency Litigation in the Forever Pandemic and Professionalism in the Forever Pandemic Through the Looking Glass of Child Welfare

10/8/2021: A Conversation on Best Practices

9/10/2021: Legal Advocacy for LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare or Juvenile Justice Settings

5/14/2021: Update on the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services


Past Newsletters

Summer 2023

Spring 2023

Winter 2023


Section Resources

Child Protection and Advocacy Section Bylaws
Scholarship Application

Section Meetings

Membership Roster