Advocates for Children provides services to children and families who have been the victims of abuse and neglect. We also offer multiple layers of personal care through an array of programs to reduce the incidence of child abuse. Advocates serves 11 Northwest Georgia counties offering safety, comfort, and hope to over 3,000 children and families every year.
To strengthen our community of families by offering safety, comfort and hope to children and preventing child abuse in all its forms.
All children are respected and loved, happy and thriving.
1983 – Marked the year when concerned community members in Bartow County recognized the need for a children’s shelter in our community. After thoughtful research and support for Bartow’s newest program, our ambitious founders realized their vision was a possibility.
1985 – Advocates obtained a small house to serve as Bartow County’s first children’s shelter. The shelter served fewer than nine children at a time in its first few years.
1988 – First Steps program launch
1990 – TransParenting program launch
1999 – Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter opens on Monroe Crossing
1999 – Rainbows program launch
2000 – Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program launch
2002 – Safe Place program launch
2008 – Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) opens
2013 – Hope in Your Home program launch
2019 – RISE Independent Housing program launches
As new needs for our children continue to arise in Bartow County and surrounding North Georgia areas, Advocates will continue to meet them. We are thankful for those who have helped us to brighten young lives every day for over 30 years!