Although Georgia has taken steps to improve the lives of children, there is still a lot of work to do. According to the latest Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Book, Georgia ranks 37th among states for child well-being – a figure that is steadily improving, but still a disappointment for Georgia’s kids. By choosing to study Human Relations at Point University one can choose a career path as a child advocate. Becoming a child advocate means helping in organizations such a The National Children’s Alliance, CASA, and The Georgia Center For Child Advocacy.
A Brighter Future For Our Children – Become A Child Advocate In Georgia
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- Every day, 33 children are the victims of confirmed abuse or neglect.
- 200 incidents of child abuse and neglect are reported daily.
- 39 children died from abuse and neglect in 2013.
- On any given day, about 8,000 children are in the foster care system.
- 17,148 children came through the foster care system during state fiscal year 2015.
National Children’s Alliance (NCA) is the national association and accrediting body for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs). Formed in 1988, NCA has been providing support, technical assistance, and quality assurance for CACs, while serving as a voice for abused children for more than 25 years.
Every day in this country, 1,900 children become victims of abuse or neglect, and four of them will die. Every day. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children is a network of nearly 1,000 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Volunteer advocates—empowered directly by the courts—offer judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care.
- In fiscal year 2015, 9,709 children were served by 2,181 CASA volunteers. Over 8,600 of those children were in the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS).
- 47 CASA programs serve 143 countries and 48 of the 49 judicial circuits.
Georgia Center For Child Advocacy
The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy is a private, non-profit agency that was established in 1987. The Center’s mission is to champion the needs of sexually and severely physically abused children through prevention, intervention, therapy, and collaboration. These services are provided at no cost to children who reside in or were abused in DeKalb or Fulton County. The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy’s role throughout the criminal investigation is to focus on the child’s needs, rather than focusing on the crime itself.
- GCCA’s Intervention Program was also successful in its 2014 partnership with the Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) in providing 3-day trainings to every DFCS investigator and supervisor in an effort to strengthen the worker’s interviewing and assessment skills when interviewing children. As a result of this success, the Georgia Center’s partnership has been extended into 2015 for an additional calendar year.
- Through the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy’s leadership, Georgia became the first state to implement a comprehensive statewide initiative using Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children program. Darkness to Light frequently uses Georgia as a model for other states.
The Human Relations Program at Point University
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