Barton Child Law and Policy Center Newsletter
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Now Accepting Student Applications for ESCAP
New Barton Center Website Launches
Next Child Welfare Legal Academy November 18
Follow Us on Twitter!

Emory Summer Child Advocacy Program Now Accepting Student Applications


The Barton Center is now accepting applications for the 2012 Emory Summer Child Advocacy Program.  Law students currently in their first or second year, and students in Masters of Social Work, Masters of Public Health, or other related graduate programs are encouraged to apply.


The Emory Summer Child Advocacy Program (ESCAP) is a partnership between Emory University and the Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) to (1) provide students with a hands-on learning opportunity in the field of child advocacy, and (2) to provide child advocacy professionals with the benefits of student interns during the summer months.


Students receive a summer stipend to work with judges, lawyers, DFCS professionals, or nonprofit organizations for ten weeks. Ten to fifteen students are selected from law and other graduate programs around the country. Barton Center faculty members and community partners provide an initial week of intensive training for ESCAP students. An additional 25-35 interns and professionals working in the child advocacy field participate in the training each year through a special arrangement between the Barton Center and the partner organizations.


Funding is provided from the Children's Justice Act grant which is administered by DFCS. The Children's Justice Act provides grants to states to improve the investigation, prosecution, and judicial handling of cases of child abuse and neglect, particularly child sexual abuse and exploitation, in a manner that limits additional trauma to the child victim. This also includes the handling of child fatality cases in which child abuse or neglect is suspected and some cases of children with disabilities and serious health problems who also are victims of abuse and neglect. 


Students can learn more about ESCAP and find application instructions by going to:




New Barton Center Website Launches


The Barton Center has launched a new website at a new location:  The site still provides all the useful links and resources you've come to expect, in a redesigned format we hope you'll find easy to use.  Please check it out and share your feedback with us!





Next Child Welfare Legal Academy Scheduled for November 18, 2011


Concurrent Planning 


At the November 18th Georgia Child Welfare Legal Academy, the Honorable Sandra Miller of Paulding County Juvenile Court will deliver a presentation designed to examine concurrent planning as a tool for balancing the needs and rights of the biological family with the child's need for timely permanency.  Federal and state law and agency policy support concurrent planning but the practice has not been widely or consistently implemented in Georgia.  The components and benefits of concurrent planning will be discussed to facilitate a greater understanding of this practice.


Online registration is strongly encouraged.  Details are available at:


We hope you can join us Friday, November 18, 2011, from 1:00-3:15 p.m for this informative training.





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The Barton Center is twittering information relevant to child advocacy at the Capitol.  Follow us  at @bartoncenter at to get up-to-the-minute information on topics such as:

  • Times, dates, and locations of advocacy meetings and legislative hearings;
  • Status of juvenile court-related legislation;
  • Action alerts for important pro-child initiatives; and
  • News and research on best practices for children's law.

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