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.

Our Mission

To strengthen our community of families by offering safety, comfort and hope to children and preventing child abuse in all its forms.

Our Vision

All children are respected and loved, happy and thriving.

Advocates for children history photo


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.

– 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!

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CONTACT US 770.387.1143

MAILING ADDRESS P.O. Box 446 Cartersville, GA 30120