Advocates for Children


Christmas 2014

Season Greetings Everyone!

Christmas time is here and the kids at Flowering Branch are starting to get into the holiday spirit! Would you like to provide a meal for the children in the month of December or even Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? We want to make this Christmas very special for our residents because they deserve to have a wonderful Christmas, just like all of the children in our community do. The children will be out of school for Christmas break from December 22 to January 5 or 6 (depending if they attend city or county). We will have up to 13 children residing in the shelter and welcome sponsorship of meals, activities or outings to keep them busy during the break. Please take a look at the calendar and sign up where we have openings.

I have updated our donation list to reflect our new basic needs with this time of year! Please check it out at and let me know if you have any questions. Also, The Christmas Wish List is UP !! Please follow this link:Click HERE to view the December calendar.

Are you an expert gift wrapper or are you one of those people who loves to wrap gifts as much as you enjoy buying them? We will have a lot of gifts to be wrapped for the children. If you would like to help us out with gift wrapping for the Christmas season, please click on the following link: Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot

I know our staff and residents always look forward to having volunteers be a part of the holiday season. Christmas is such a special time of year, especially for children, so we greatly appreciate each and every one of you for making it all possible! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts :)

Many Blessings,

Kaylee Klewein, Volunteer Coordinator (770) 387-1143 ext. 104

Jennifer Matthews

Advocates is a Gold-Level GuideStar Organization!

Click here to learn about our Gold-Level Rating!

Gold is the highest rating an organization can receive from GuideStar, the premiere information service specializing in reporting on U.S. nonprofits, and demonstrates Advocates for Children’s commitment to transparency. Advocates is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards for internal accountability, keeping our priorities focused on the mission and the vision that all children are respected and loved, happy and thriving.

Mark Your Calendars for these AdvoEvents!

December 12- 2013 Jingle Jog

Jingle down Main Street and open for the Cartersville Christmas parade in this 1.4 mile Fun Run!

February 8, 2014- 2014 Polar Plunge

We are Freezin' for a Reason when we take the icy plunge into the Dellinger Park pool this winter!

Help Us Get a New Set of Wheels!

Currently, Flowering Branch has a 2003 GMC 14 passenger bus which has transported over 396 residents since March of 2005. While this constant use has taken a toll, our bus is still operating, but in poor condition and very inefficient on fuel.

Most of our kids are teenagers, and the somewhat dilapidated bus, taking up two lanes at car rider pick up is not "cool". At one time we had a 4-door sedan, but after many trips to the repair shop, it was finally sold for scrap metal. Having a van would allow staff to drive one vehicle for school pick ups and blend in beautifully with all the other mini-vans waiting in line.

It's important for our kids to fit in and feel accepted by their peers. If you are interested in contributing to our VAN FUND we will be forever grateful and remember, it's tax deductible, too. Checks can be mailed to Advocates for Children, P.O.Box 446, Cartersville, GA 30120. Cash can be donated by appointment by calling (770) 387-1143. All other payments are easily taken by clicking 'Make a Donation' above. Thanks so much for caring about kids in need.

Advocates' 2013 Annual Meeting

It's our 30th Anniversary and we want to celebrate with you!

If you have ever donated your time or talents, sponsored an event, cooked a meal for Flowering Branch or been involved in any way in changing the lives of the children we serve, we want you there!

Our 30th Anniversary celebration will be held at the Clarence Brown Conference Center on October 8 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dinner and celebration will be provided.

If you plan to attend, please reserve your seat by calling us at 770.387.1143 or email

Thank you for giving us 30 years, and here's to 30 more!

Advocates FORE Children Golf Tournament

Only TWO foursome spots left for Monday's tournament! Call 770.386.0022 to reserve your space today!

A special thank you to this year's generous sponsors!

Kayleigh Ladshaw

Help Us Help a Family

One of our Hope in Your Home families needs your help! While this young mother has been very receptive to parenting classes and has made great strides in improving the lives of her and her children, she still needs a little more help.

Here is her list:

  • Bedding (twin/ queen)
  • Pots/pans
  • Bowls/plates
  • Decorations/pictures
  • Curtains
  • Lamps
  • Mirror
  • Area rug/welcome mat
  • Clothing for 3 children:
  • Boy, age almost 2 wears, 3T
  • Girl, age 3, size 4 pants and xsmall in girls shirts
  • Boy, age 7, 7-8 pants and small boys shirts

Please double check with Liz Fox at to make sure your item has not already been donated and thank you for your support of this wonderful family!

Now Accepting Youth Board Member Applications

The Board of Trustees is looking for a youth representative to join the Board by volunteering their time in helping to make important decisions about Advocates' future and assist with fundraising efforts. If you, or someone you know, is an enthusiastic high school Junior or Senior, apply today by clicking HERE and return your application by August 19.

Thank you for your support of Advocates for Children and the future of our youth!

Kayleigh Ladshaw

Thank you from Advocates

Event season has come to an end and we just wanted to thank all those that helped us to raise money and, in turn, raise hope for thousands of young lives.

Thank you for buying your ducks, racing in the Duck Dash, bidding on your Spring Benefit auction items, dancing under the stars with us at the Duck Derby Eve concert and showing us your amazing talents at Every Child's A Star. We are so thankful for the support and love we receive from all of you every year.

A special thanks to the committees that put so much time and effort into making each event bigger and better. You have made this year fun and easy for us because of your dedication to our cause. Thank you for all you have done and will do!

As we sail into the summer, please keep Advocates in mind when looking for an organization to give to. Duck Season does not put an end to the needs of all the children and families we serve! We look forward to 30 more years of brightening lives in our community.

Advo 101

Join Advocates staff this Friday morning, June 7, at 8 a.m. for a breakfast on us! Come chow down on come Chick-fil-A biscuits, learn about Advocates and hear stories about the kids we serve in our programs! We want to help spread the word about who we are, what we do and how you can be involved. The Advo 101 breakfast will be held at our CASA building located at 654 Joe Frank Harris Parkway in Cartersville.

If you have already attended, please bring a friend...the more the merrier!

Adopt Your Ducks Saturday at the Derby!

Join Captain Quacky and the rest of the crew this Saturday, May 18 for the 2013 Duck Derby Festival! Help change the luck of a child by following the flock. Find out more about the Duck Derby Festival by visiting our events page and adopt your last minute ducks on Saturday. See all of you AdvoFans there!

Where Hope Has a Home

A huge Thank you to Paper Plane Productions for the the incredible work put into this video and for finding the heart of Advocates for Children on film.

Kayleigh Ladshaw

Help us blow out our birthday candles this year!


2013 marks the 30th anniversary of our organization. What started out as a group of concerned community members that saw a need for a children's shelter in Bartow County, has grown to serve the needs of over 2,600 children and families every year.

Did you know Flowering Branch started out as a nine bed facility? Residents shared rooms with other children and we rarely served more than five children at a time. But how times have changed! Now Flowering Branch is home to 13 kids at a time and every child has their own room to decorate and make their own.

So many more programs have been added to the roster and we are happy to be able to bring that sparkle of hope back into the eyes of so many. Keep an eye out this year as we travel back in time reliving AdvoHistory!


Kayleigh Ladshaw

Advocates' Annual Meeting

We want to thank you!

For all you do to make Advocates the organization it is and for making it what it will be. We are offering a free lunch for all of you that have donated, volunteered, cheered us on, sponsored events and shared kind words with our kids.

Save the Date! October 9 at the Clarence Brown Conference Center for an afternoon of sharing and thanks. Because that's what you deserve!

Sweet Summertime

The kids at Flowering Branch have had a full summer of fun thanks to the many donations and volunteers that helped to insure happy kids during their break from school. We took trips to The Atlanta Zoo and The Botanical Gardens, cheered on the Braves during a home game, splashed around at the lake and took part in many other amazing opportunities.

We have a shelter full of arts and crafts and heart warming poems from all the days that our kids stretched their creative muscles. Want to know a little more about what they have been up to? Check out The Bud, a newsletter written and illustrated by the kids staying with us. We are proud of them, and once you see what they can do, we're sure you will be too.

Duck Derby Wrap-up

Our inner hippies came out for the 11th Annual Duck Derby weekend and we spread Peace, Love and Ducks to everyone around us!

The Concert on the Lawn was filled with dancers, music enthusiasts, cornhole players and ducky groupies. Freeflight rocked the crowd while AdvoFans got into the spirit by "duck-orating" their tables and wearing hippie inspired costumes. Thank you to all those that came out to celebrate the Duck Derby weekend with us under the stars!

The Duck Dash & Fun Run was a huge success the next morning. Dashers, walkers and fun runners came out in full force bright and early with the Tom and Chad Show blasting music to get us pumped. Thanks again to Harbin Clinic and Harbin Clinic Sports Health Foundation for donating a chip timing system to this years race and congratulations to all of our winners! Please visit the Duck Dash Events page to see our list of Dash winners and receive your racing results.

After a night of dancing and a morning of dashing, we geared up for the main event...the Duck Derby! We had entertainment, a flash mob, appearances from Quacky and dozens of games for our festival goers. The weather was beautiful, vendor food was delicious, and thousands of people came out to cheer on their flock of ducks as they proudly crossed the finish line. Want to know if you're a winner? Visit the Duck Derby Events page to see if your duck won you a prize.

Don't miss out next year! We have a little something for everyone and we are already working to make Duck Derby 12 on May 18, bigger and better! Thank you to all those that bought ducks, attended our events, raced in the Dash and helped to support all of the invaluable programs that we offer. See you next year, Duck Fans!

Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

Across the country April is recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month and we made sure to remind Bartow how important it is that our community remembers that.

Monday, April 9, we held a Light of Hope candle vigile on the steps of the Bartow County Courthouse. Assistant District Attorney and Advocates Board Member, Rosemary Greene and Juvenile Court judge Velma Tilley spoke about the incidents of child abuse in Bartow County as dozens of concerned community members lit a candle to honor one child currently in the care of the state.

On April 11, psychologists and sexual abuse experts Julie Medlin and Steve Knauts spoke to the public on the subject Avoiding Sexual Dangers: A Parent’s Guide to Protecting Your Child, which is also the title of their recently published book and Advocates once again partnered with NorthSide Bank for the annual planting of the pinwheels. Staff and dozens of volunteers got down on their hands and knees in the dirt to plant a pinwheel outside NorthSide Bank to signify every reported case of child abuse in Bartow County in 2011...880 in all.

So many children still need the love and support that Advocates offers in our community. Remember them when you tuck your own children into bed at night. We are still fighting for their chance at happiness.

Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to Advocates for Children’s new website! We hope it is easy to use, fun to look at and of course full of all the important AdvoInfo that you could ever possibly need. Please feel free to peruse our handiwork and let us know how you like it! All comments and contructive criticisms are welcome--we want you to have the best experience while learning about all of the great things we are doing in your community.

A special thank you to {indepth studios} for all the hard work and love they put into our new website. We are so thankful to have people like Shawn and Carmen Frame who donated their creative (and nerdy) expertise to the creation you see in front of you. Their generosity has not gone unnoticed and we hope that all of our AdvoFans will give them giant hugs when you see them as a thank you! More importantly, please keep them in mind for all of your future photography, print design, graphic art and web design needs! We think they're awesome and there's no doubt that you will too.

Please check back every so often for a new blog entry! We hope to keep you updated on happenings in all of our programs, funny or touching stories about the kids we serve and pretty much anything else that we think will tickle your fancy.