Programs & Services
Advocates for Children is a non-profit organization with eight programs all devoted to serving children and families in Bartow County and surrounding North Georgia counties. Through the eight programs they operate, Advocates strives to create a world where all children are respected and loved, happy and thriving.
A Better Way Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC)
Our CAC serves children and youth who have made allegations of sexual or severe physical abuse. The reporting process is designed to be a single event overseen and followed up by a Multidisciplinary Team which includes law enforcement, medical, and child protective services. Our family advocates provide ongoing support for the entire family.
Through this program, the child has an investigative interview which is conducted by a trained forensic interviewer. The session is recorded to reduce the need for the child to tell their story over and over again.
In addition to conducting the forensic interview, we also provide services to the non-offending caregivers, child victim, and other family members. Services include a needs assessment, referrals to various community resources, connection to the local victim’s rights agency, client education, and ongoing support throughout the investigation, intervention, and treatment process. Referrals are also made to the appropriate medical and therapeutic providers as needed.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
A national program, CASA trains volunteers to help abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system. A CASA volunteer assesses the child’s situation and reports to the judge what is in the best interest of the child. Our goal is to advocate for a safe, permanent home for each child.
The highly trained volunteers for CASA are the independent voice for abused and neglected children during court proceedings. CASA volunteers are the most intensely trained of Advocates’ volunteers, with over 30 hours of class time plus experience in DFCS, juvenile court, and so on.
We always have a need for CASA volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a CASA, please visit the Volunteer section of our website for additional information and requirements.
The First Steps program is a free service which allows trained volunteers to provide support, parenting information, referrals and services to any new mother. Volunteers initially visit new moms at Cartersville Medical Center, and then maintain contact with the parent for the next three months.
Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter
Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter is our residential program for abused, neglected, and runaway youth. Our goal is to assess and stabilize these youth in our community by partnering with non-abusing parents, relatives, foster parents, and adoptive families, all while maintaining community ties such as original school placement.
Our children’s shelter provides a nurturing home for up to 13 children and teens at one time. Flowering Branch’s dedicated staff provides care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Youth receive case management services, individual and family counseling, development of social and independent living skills, and assistance with achieving a high school diploma, GED, and entrance into college.
In addition to basic care, our residents are enriched by a variety of provided services such as homework/tutoring assistance and involvement in recreational activities such as horseback riding, competitive and non-competitive sports, and educational field trips.
Hope in Your Home
Our home visitation program is designed to reach out to children and families who need parenting help. This program is free and open to any parents in the community. The program gives parents simple and practical strategies to help them confidently manage their children’s behavior, prevent problems developing and build strong, healthy relationships.
Our Hope in Your Home program focuses on two curricula: Parents as Teachers (PAT), and Positive Parenting Program (Triple-P).
Our Triple-P curriculum focuses on social and behavioral development and the issues that can arise in these areas. The program provides parents with skills, strategies, and confidence to sustain family management upon completion of the program. The aim is to create a positive, nurturing environment that will allow the family to grow together. This curriculum is open to families with children 16 years old and younger.
Our PAT curriculum is an evidence based program that uses physical, social, emotional screenings and activity centered lessons to positively impact child development.Parents as Teachers is a two year curriculum serving families with children from prenatal through age 3 who wish to participate.
Referrals to the program come from a variety of sources, such as individuals who need help, medical professionals, child care providers, and community members who are concerned about the risk of abuse or maltreatment occurring. To make a referral to our Hope in Your Home program, contact us at HIYHintake@AdvoChild.org
Led by trained adult volunteers, Rainbows is a series of grief and loss support groups for children and youth who are dealing with the effects of death or divorce. Through this group, children learn skills for constructively coping with grief. The program is designed to help children understand and deal with their grief, and learn how to make positive choices as they heal.
Rainbows is an internationally proven program, and is available in the following local school systems:
Clear Creek Elementary
Hamilton Crossing Elementary
Mission Road Elementary
Pine Log Elementary
South Central Middle
Woodland High School
To learn how to start Rainbows in your school or to become a Rainbows volunteer, contact Gail Wilkins at 678-986-1931.
Safe Place is a national program that is the first step in helping any youth in crisis or at risk. This community collaboration is operated in Bartow County and surrounding areas to make it possible for kids to access help at locations throughout their community, including fast food restaurants, gas stations, fire stations, libraries, bus stops, and grocery stores which display the vibrant yellow and black Safe Place signs. The initiative connects youth to immediate help and supportive services if they feel as if they are in danger.
Businesses and public venues volunteer to become a designated Safe Place. Below are the current Safe Place locations throughout Bartow County and surrounding areas.
Bartow County Library – Adairsville
Bartow Count Library- Cartersville
Bartow County Library – Euharlee
Bartow County Sheriff’s Department
Cartersville Dental/Southern Medical & Dental Careers
Cartersville Elementary – 340 Old Mill Road, Cartersville
Cartersville Middle School – 825 Douthit Ferry Road, Cartersville
Choi Kwang Do of Cartersville
City Fire Station – Erwin Street, Cartersville
City Fire Station – Hwy 113
City Fire Station – MLK Drive, Cartersville
City Station #2 – Peeples Valley Rd., Cartersville
County Fire Station – 3310 Pinelog Rd., Rydal
County Fire Station – Covered Bridge Rd., Euharlee
County Fire Station #10 – Highway 140, Adairsville
County Fire Station #11 – Euharlee Street, Taylorsville
County Fire Station #12 – Sugar Valley Rd.
County Fire Station #13 – Wilderness Camp Rd., White
County Fire Station #15 – Hwy 140 NW, Adairsville
County Fire Station #2 – Firetower Rd., Cartersville
County Fire Station #4 – Groovers Landing, Acworth
County Fire Station #5 – West Rock Street, White
County Fire Station #6 – 4th Street, Emerson
County Fire Station #7 – West Main Street, Kingston
County Fire Station #8 – Olive Vine Church Rd., Rydal
County Fire Station #9 – Highway 61, Cartersville
Hamilton Crossing Elementary School
Kona Ice Truck
QuikTrip #757 – 961 Hwy. 140 NW, Adairsville
QuikTrip #792 – 1364 J.F.Harris Pkwy, Cartersville
South Central Middle School
Southern Medical and Dental Careers
Trinity United Methodist Church
United Way of Bartow County
Walmart #615 – 101 Market Place Blvd., Cartersville
White Elementary School
To become a Safe Place, contact the Advocates for Children Administrative Office.