Barton Child Law and Policy Center Newsletter
Dear Child Advocates, this update contains:
The Barton Center is a Proud Partner in 2020 Georgia
Parent Survey on Effective School Discipline Project
Help Us Help You: Listserv Survey
Still Accepting Placements for 2011 Emory Summer Child Advocacy Program
Georgia Child Welfare Legal Academy, December 9, 2010
The Barton Center is a Proud Partner in 2020 Georgia

We are excited to be a partner with 2020 Georgia - a new and growing alliance of more than 60 organizations. Our common goal is to promote a balanced approach to Georgia's fiscal crisis that meets the short and long-term needs of our state and its people.  For more information on 2020 Georgia, including its principles, please visit: .


2020 Georgia recently presented a letter to the Tax Council's Fact Finding Session on 10/21. The legislature created the 2010 Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians to study the tax system and provide recommendations to the General Assembly in January. By giving this process careful consideration, state leaders have the opportunity to design a tax system that will help Georgia meet its current challenges and ensure prosperity for future generations.  Please visit the Tax Council's website and submit a comment with the following message: "I support the principles and letter 2020 Georgia provided to you and hope you consider taking a balanced approach that includes revenues."



Parent Survey on Effective School Discipline Project

To Parents of Students in Georgia's K-12 public school system:  Our JUSTGeorgia Partner, the Georgia Appleseed Center for Law & Justice, is engaged in an evaluation of student discipline policies, practices and outcomes in Georgia's public schools.  A critical issue is whether our schools are effectively balancing the need for all students to have a safe and effective learning environment with the right of every individual student (even one who may have periodic disciplinary issues) to have a reasonable chance to earn a quality high school education. In June of this year, Georgia Appleseed issued "Effective Student Discipline: Keeping Kids in Class," a preliminary report of its findings.  

As part of Phase II of this study effort, Georgia Appleseed is now collaborating with several school districts around Georgia to interview dozens of principals and teachers to hear their views on student discipline practices.  Georgia Appleseed also wants to obtain the views of  on this important issue.  Therefore, Georgia Appleseed has worked in close cooperation with the Georgia PTA to create a survey designed to obtain your input.

The Barton Center has agreed to support Georgia Appleseed's effort to obtain the views of parents and students from around the state on this important issue.  If you are a parent or guardian of a child in grades K-12 in the Georgia public school system, please take a few minutes to respond to the on-line survey which can be reached by clicking on the link provided below.  If your child is in the 8th grade or higher, please have her/him also access and fill out the survey using the same link.  (Of course, if you receive the survey from multiple sources, you and your child(ren) should only respond one time.)

Please submit the survey as soon as possible but no later than November 17, 2010.

Thank you for participating in this important effort to evaluate Georgia's school discipline practices and assure that such practices are designed to result in the best educational outcomes for all of Georgia's kids.

Help Us Help You: Listserv Survey


Each year, the Barton Center hosts a Masters of Social Work Student from Georgia State in our Public Policy and Legislative Clinics.  One of the requirements that our MSW students must fulfill is a program evaluation of one of the Barton Center's initiatives.  Because we have just changed to a new listserv format, we decided that this would also be a good time to see if there were any other changes you would like to see to our listserv, and our current MSW student, David Bolt, agreed to make this service the program he evaluates.  He has designed a survey, which you can access by clicking here.  Please take a moment to go to this link and share your thoughts with us.  Below is a letter from David regarding the survey:

Notice of Informed Consent

Dear Survey Participant,

This survey is being administered in an attempt to gather useful information to improve the listserv for the Barton Child Law and Policy Center. There will be no attempt at collecting identifying information of participants of the survey. Data will only be presented in an aggregate form with no individual identifiers for participants. Any personally identifying information incidentally collected will be confidential and will not be released in any format. This survey is being conducted by David Bolt, a Master of Social Work student at Georgia State University. If you have any questions regarding the survey or its uses, please do not hesitate to contact at

The survey completion time is expected to be approximately ten minutes.

Participation in this survey will serve as acknowledgment of its uses and purpose.

Thank you. 


David Bolt
Master of Social Work 2011
Georgia State University

Still Accepting Placements for 2011 Emory Summer Child Advocacy Program

We are in the planning stages for the 2011 Emory Summer Child Advocacy Program, and we invite interested child welfare organizations to supervise a student intern. If you would like to participate this summer, please visit our website and complete the online Placement Survey Information Form by November 12, 2010. The information you enter there will be used to post on our website descriptions of the placements for which students may apply. Please provide as much information as possible. 


Students who are accepted into the program will be paid through a grant that is administered by the Barton Child Law & Policy Center at Emory Law School. Please read the information on the website for more information regarding program requirements and deadlines. The deadline for student applications will be in early December, with interviews between selected students and supervisors to occur in early to mid-January 2011.   

If you know of other organizations that may be interested in hosting an intern, please direct them to our website. Please contact me if you have further questions or need assistance.

Georgia Child Welfare Legal Academy, December 9, 2010 
Our next Georgia Child Welfare Legal Academy is scheduled for Thursday December 9, 2010 from 1:10 p.m. until 3:15 p.m. in room 575 of Gambrell Hall at Emory University School of Law.  Visiting Scholar in Dr.  Brent Wilson, Clinical Assistant Professor at Emory School of Medicine, will discuss A Trauma Informed Approach to Children in State Custody.  Children in state custody often display concerning behaviors, sometimes intolerable behaviors.  Some of these children do not trust relationships, have over-activated nervous systems and have not learned emotion-regulation skills.  Many have experienced trauma or toxic levels of stress during their short lives.  In this program, we will hear from an empowerment advocate about his experience in state custody and the advocate's counselor as well as Dr. Wilson, who works with this population of children.  Risks for medication will be discussed as as well approaches to helping these children manage their emotions better. Come learn how to be advocate for the children you serve and bring your questions.  The speakers anticipate an interactive session with the audience.  


Seating is limited. Advanced registration is strongly encouraged.  The registration fee for all participants is $10 and includes materials, parking in the hospital visitor parking deck, and light refreshments.  


Register online at   For registration information, contact Sherry McPeeks at 404.712.4643 or

CLE credit: 2.0 regular CLE credits will be offered for this program pending approval from the State Bar of Georgia for an additionalfee of $10.00 payable by cash or check at the door.Please make checks payable to Emory University.


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