Calling All High School Seniors

Know a local high school senior? Or a parent of a high school senior? We're looking for seniors interested in participating in our 2018 Quacky Cash competition to support Duck Derby.    

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Divorcing Parents of Minor Children Seminar

As of January 1, Advocates for Children no longer operates the TransParenting divorcing parents' seminar. Beth Weathersby and Ted Smith, the most recent facilitators of the course, are now managing the program for Superior Court. For a schedule of 2018 seminar dates and more information, click here. Any inquiries about the program can be directed to Ted at 770-547-3442.    

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Advocates for Children Announces Guest Speaker for Annual Meeting

Jason Lee, a survivor of child sexual abuse, will be the guest speaker at Advocates for Children’s upcoming Annual Meeting on January 23 at 6:30 pm. Lee was born in Atlanta and moved to Birmingham, Ala., in 1986 when he was 12 years old. There, he was targeted by a sexual predator and was sexually molested for several years. Lee was one of three victims who ultimately pressed charges against his abuser, Don Corley, and is directly responsible for Corley being in jail today. He is also the founder of 30is30, an organization that generated public awareness about ...

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Remembering Deborah Reese

Working with or on behalf of children is a calling that some people feel deep inside. According to those who worked with Deborah Reese, there was no doubt she was one of those people. Described as fierce and feisty in her determination, she worked tirelessly to advocate for children in foster care to provide them permanent homes and a sense of belonging. When she passed away June 25, 2017, she left behind a legacy of advocacy for children, heartbroken friends and family, and a tradition of hard work that will be remembered in this community. Known around the community ...

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Music Flows Through Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter

When Advocates for Children direct care staff member David Baker first picked up a guitar 10 years ago, he had no idea how it might change his life. The Cass High School graduate and computer science professional knew he wanted to bring that same experience to the children who live at the Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter. In October 2015 Baker sought change in his life, following the advice of friends and joining a local church. He knew he wanted to do something more, but he wasn’t sure what that purpose or change was yet. “I considered being a paramedic, a ...

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10th Annual Iron Order Ride for Kids to Benefit Advocates’ Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter Residents this Summer

Now in its 10th year, the Iron Order Motorcycle Club Ride for the Kids will be held Saturday June 3. The ride benefits Advocates for Children’s Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter. The event, which takes riders through scenic Northwest Georgia, has raised more than $50,000 over the past nine years, including $14,000 in last year’s ride. Starting at the Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter with a breakfast and send-off, the 2-hour ride winds through much of Bartow County and ends at Friendship Plaza in downtown Cartersville. The after party will include raffles, ...

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More than $100,000 Raised for Advocates with Duck-Related Events

The water of the lakes at Terminus Wake Park in Emerson was yellow with thousands of ducks Saturday, May 6, as the 15th Annual Duck Derby came to its exciting conclusion. Combined with the 13th Annual Duck Dash 5K and Fun Run on May 5, the two events brought in more than $100,000 for Advocates for Children. Funds were raised through duck adoptions, sponsorships, race registrations, and merchandise sales. About 50 runners braved the chilly and damp weather to run in the Friday evening 5K, as well as more than a dozen children in the Fun Run. Along with presenting sponsor ...

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Wear Blue for Prevention April 28

April is a time for action on behalf of children and families. This year, Advocates for Children is participating in Wear Blue Day on Friday, April 28, in support of all children in this community and the great childhoods they deserve. But we’re not content to be the only ones wearing blue. This year we’re encouraging others to join us on Wear Blue Day and then to commit to take action on behalf of children and families in Georgia. One person can make a difference, and it can start with you!  On April 28, WEAR BLUE anywhere – to work, to school, a community ...

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Advocates for Children to Offer Darkness to Light Training April 26

Darkness to Light’s award-winning child sexual abuse prevention training, Stewards of Children, will be offered in Bartow County by facilitators with Advocates for Children. On April 26 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Allatoona Resource Center, Advocates will hold a community training that is free to adults. The training teaches adults how to recognize the signs of sexual abuse, how to respond to suspicions of abuse, and gives simple ways to minimize opportunities for abuse in organizations and our community. This training is ideal for any adult in our community who has ...

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Ducks are Taking to the Water Again to Prevent Child Abuse

Duck season has begun with people already clamoring to adopt the little yellow entries into the 2017 Advocates for Children Duck Derby on May 6. With a grand prize of $10,000, sponsored by Kennesaw Transportation Inc., for the first duck plucked from the water at Terminus Wake Park, there is lots of interest in the fundraising event. All duck adoptions are an entry into the race, and every duck has a chance to win the grand prize and many other outstanding prizes. On the day of the event, about 20,000 ducks are released into the water and the first duck selected will win ...

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