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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13th ANNUAL ADVOCATES FOR CHILDREN DUCK DASH 5K & FUN RUN

On Friday, May 5, runners will lace up their running shoes for the 13th Annual Advocates for Children Duck Dash. Registration for the twilight run has already started for the event that will benefit Advocates for Children. Presented by Northside Bank, along with additional race sponsors Gary Fox, CPA and Mockingbird Dental, the race will kick off the weekend of the Duck Derby. The 5K chip timed race will take off at 7 p.m. from the track at Cartersville Middle School at 825 Douthit Ferry Road, with the Fun Run for children starting at about 7:45 p.m. On-site registra...

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Advocates for Children Recognizes National Child Abuse Prevention Month with a Series of Events

In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Advocates for Children is hosting a series of events to promote the idea that when children have great childhoods, our community will continue to prosper. Research shows that when children grow up in safe, stable, nurturing families and communities they are more likely to do well in school and grow up to become contributing citizens who give back to their community “April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children,” said Advocates for Children President and CEO Karen ...

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Advocates for Children Spring Benefit Raises Funds for Local Children and Families

Spring brings with it images of warmer days, flowers blooming, and a rebirth of vibrancy after the chill and muted tones of winter. For the ninth year it also welcomed the Spring Benefit for Advocates for Children, an event that raises funds for the organization’s mission to prevent and treat child abuse in all its forms. The event co-chairs Regina Shaw and Barbara Terry, along with their steering committee of Kim Bowen, Tamara Brock, Abbey Culverhouse, Hannah Hart, Amy Morgan, Charissa Pritchett, Deena Stewart and Justine Tidwell organized the event from logistics ...

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Advocates for Children Marks National Safe Place Week with Focus on Accessibility, Education and Community Support

People pass the yellow and black Safe Place signs all the time, some never knowing significance that the denotation might mean. The signs indicate that the employees at that business or staff at that facility are trained and ready to help a young person in crisis. March 19-25 marks week of awareness for Safe Place, a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people in need of immediate help and safety. As one of five Safe Place affiliated organizations in Georgia, Advocates for Children oversees the efforts more than 90 Safe Place locations in Northwest ...

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