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Welcome to the website for Georgia's Office of the Child Advocate.  We are here to provide the public and policymakers with the advice, research, data, resources, and assistance they need to ensure our state’s at-risk and foster children are safe and sound, preferably in the places they already call home.

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  • The OCA 2014 Annual Report is available.  To view report click here 
  • Juvenile Court GAL-Attorney Training Seminar

    A Comprehensive Approach to Serving as Juvenile Court GAL

    To register for this FREE event, please copy and paste the following link into your web browser Registration closes on March 16, 2015: http://goo.gl/forms/SpQVmAUwbu

    The Juvenile Court GAL seminar that was canceled on 2/17/15 due to inclement weather was RESCHEDULED and will be broadcast live from the State Bar of Atlanta on Wednesday, March 25th in Meeting Room 3 to satellite locations in the cities of Gainesville, Tifton, Savannah and Decatur. Registration for the live location is full. 

    Through collaboration among GPDSC, Office of the Child Advocate, DeKalb County Juvenile Court, DeKalb County Child Advocacy Center, and the Georgia Association of Counsel for Children, this training seminar geared for Juvenile Court Attorney-GALs will be recorded for on-demand viewing in the future. This training is approved by the Office of the Child Advocate and approved for 7.0 CLE credits with the State Bar of Georgia (including 1 professionalism and 1 ethics).


    Please check back at www.parentattorney.org  to download the agenda and presentation materials for the following topics: 

    -A View from the Bench: Judicial Expectations when Appointing GALs
    -Sexual Abuse
    -The Impact of Corporal Punishment on Child Development
    -How to Interview Children
    -New Code Requirements and the Indian Child Welfare Act
    -Panel Discussion: The Importance of Educational Stability 
    -Ethics for GALs 
    -Professionalism Makes the Difference in Effective Attorney GALs

    For information regarding this training, please contact Courtney Newman at cnewman@gpdsc.org

    The full agenda and registration information will also be made available under the Training Tab.

  • Attorney General appoints Camila Wright as Special Prosecutor for Child Sex Trafficking
  • Please click here for information on NACC Child Welfare Law Certification
  • New Phone Numbers for Child Support Services- 1-844-MYGADHS (1-844-694-2347) or online at www.dcss.dhs.georgia.gov / Division of Aging Services, 1-866-55AGING (1-866-552-4464)./ For other assistance Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) can continue to call 1-877-423-4746 or www.dfcs.dhs.georgia.gov.