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Release date: Oct. 12, 2000
Contact: Elaine Justice, Assistant Director, 404-727-0643, or ejustic@emory.edu

Emory's Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic Launches New Web Site For Advocates, Public

The Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic at Emory University School of Law has produced a new web site to serve as a statewide resource on child abuse and neglect issues in Georgia, www.childwelfare.net.

"ChildWelfare.net is an electronic forum for distributing research-based information on the welfare of children in the state of Georgia," says Karen Worthington, director of the Barton Clinic. The site includes a diverse array of resources, from links with Georgia's Office of Child Fatality Review, to Georgia's Department of Human Resources Policies and Procedures manual, as well as reports on the child advocacy work being done by the Barton Clinic.

Through the new web site, the Barton Clinic also is working to connect organizations with existing networks to help child advocates impact policy, legislation, and practice affecting abused and neglected children. "The Barton Clinic web page and list serves are tools that advocates can use for collaborating on research projects and program implementation, exchanging information and facilitating cross training," says Worthington.

The clinic currently maintains two electronic mailing lists to disseminate targeted news and organizational information: one deals with child protection issues, the other with juvenile justic. To receive regular updates for one or both lists, sign up at www.childwelfare.net under the "Mail Lists" link on the left side of the page.

The Barton Clinic's mission is to promote and protect the well-being of neglected and abused children in the state of Georgia and to inspire excellence among the adults responsible for protecting and nurturing these children. The clinic operates a student legal clinic with teams of law and graduate students who take on research and advocacy projects that affect how Georgia courts and agencies handle child abuse cases.


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