Barton Child Law and Policy Center
The Barton Child Law and Policy Center promotes and protects the legal rights and interests of children who are involved with the juvenile court, child welfare, and juvenile justice systems. The Center's work is directed by Emory Law faculty and performed by law and other graduate students who participate in reform initiatives and holistic client representation by conducting research; advocating for individual clients; writing articles, policy papers, and other informational materials; and analyzing and drafting legislation and policy directives.
News from the Barton Center
Chris Wildeman at Rialto Center
Foreverfamily, the Barton Center, and other co-sponsors present "Children of the Prison Boom: Mass Incarceration and the Future of American Inequality" with Chris Wildeman, PhD, Professor, Cornell University, and Author. The event is Thursday, January 15, 2015, at the Rialto Center for the Arts. Reception begins at 6:00 with Dr. Wildeman speaking at 6:45 p.m. The event is free, but registration is strongly encouraged. For more details and registration, visit www.chriswildemanatl.eventbrite.com.
Safe Havens Southern Regional Conference
NCJFCJ and the Office on Violence Against Women are sponsoring four Regional Conferences on Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange. The Atlanta conference is January 22-23, 2015. All supervised visitation providers, program directors, advocates, community partners, court personnel, and many more are all invited to attend. Registration deadline is January 12, 2015. There is NO fee. Scholarships are available for lodging & travel expenses. Visit https://safehavensonline.org/regional-mini-conference/atlanta.html for more information on the upcoming conference.
HR 4980 Preventing Sex Trafficking becomes law
On September 30, 2014, President Obama signed the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act into law. In addition to many new requirements to combat sex trafficking, this bill makes significant changes to our child welfare law. It includes new mandates for government regarding "runaways," new mandated "normalcy" provisions, restrictions on the use of APPLA for children under 16, and new rights for children in foster care. A summary being prepared by the ABA to explain what this new federal law means for the states will soon be available at www.childlawpractice.org.
Child Welfare Legal Academy presentation videos are back online!
Thank you for your patience as Emory School of Law transitioned to a new website. Our most recent Child Welfare Legal Academy presentations and juvenile code revision presentations are now available. Please visit and bookmark the Barton Center's "Presentations" page on the Emory Law website.
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