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Advocates for Bartow's Children, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Human Services, Unknown, Victims Services

Mission: Our mission: to offer safety, comfort and hope to children and youth by providing resources and support to strengthen our community of families. All of our programs and services fight child abuse or help those who are already its victims..

Target demographics: Children up to 18 and beyond, and their families

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 2000 children and families are helped each year

Programs: Help abused, abandoned, neglected and other at risk children and their families by providing a wide continuum of support and prevention. This includes shelter, counseling, education, parenting supervision, and placement in foster home or other living situations, and community awareness.

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a CSA volunteer - adoption for abused and neglected children; parents going through drug treatment and parenting programs; children receiving much needed medical help and counseling are a few of the things I've seen happen in my 101/2 years as a volunteer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wanted to become a CASA volunteer after retiring almost 5 years ago-knowing it was my time to give back to our community. Knew it was something I should get involved in, and I did. So glad that I did. It is my passion to help these children.
Of course CASA is under the umbrella of Advocates for Children; I totally support anything they do. I usually bring someone to the quarterly information breakfast to make them aware of opportunities that exist thru Advocates. There is some program of volunteering that everyone can get involved in. I cannot say enough good things about this nonprofit organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love being a CASA in Bartow county. It is so rewarding. The staff,judges and the court are very helpful with anything you need help with.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a CASA volunteer. CASA is one of the services that is provided through Advocates for Bartow's Children. Every member of the staff of CASA is seriously dedicated to helping the children of Bartow County. They honestly only want the best for these children. All of the staff at Advocates that I have interacted with , have been professional and dedicated to helping the children of Bartow County. Keep up the awesome work Advocates for Bartow's Children!!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

As a CASA (court appointed special advocate), I work with the families, encouraging them to create a better environment, make different choices and bring awareness to the needs of their children so they may go home, feeling safe and happy. The services provided through Advocates are an invaluable resource to these families and provide long term benefits to our/my community. Knowing I made a difference for a child, who in many circumstances had no control of what has happened to them (removed from the home and placed in foster care), gives me a happy glow! It's worth the time and effort to bring a family back together.

2 Tina89

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have proudly been a part of this organization since 2001 and have served in many roles - event volunteer, donor, Rainbows Facilitator (one of the 8 programs we offer) and Board Member. The benefit that our organization provides to children and their families is unparalleled to any other in our community. We are gifted with a staff of amazing, compassionate individuals who take pride in caring for the children in our area. We are their hope, their voice, their safety and their future. When they are in our care, they are & always will be our family. If you, your family, your organization or church group are looking for a way to plug into the community please considered Advocates. Our residents at Flowering Branch love company; you could provide a meal, plan an activity, become a mentor or take the kids out to the movies. The opportunities are endless and the impact will last a lifetime.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Every staff member does not treat their position like a day 9-5 day job. Their duties go home with them and seem to pervade their every day lives. We are blessed to have this organization in our community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so very honored to be a small part of Advocates for Children as a Board Member. This group's entire focus is to help the children of Bartow County and surrounding areas. It is such a massive task, and Advocates does an incredible job in our community. The staff works tirelessly each and every day! My hats off to them!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This youthful team of dedicated and passionate people offer eight different programs to make the life's of our less fortunate children better. The love for their job and thus the children is easy to see. There is a genuine comradery amongst this group that exhibits the "can do" attitude in setting their sights to resolve any problem that faces them.

If you intend to give to only one charity, please review this one first. In my opinion there is no better way to secure our future than to assure all children are safe, loved and guided! These folks lead in that vocation.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Is there a more noble profession than caring for GOD's children. Advocates care 24/7 for the beautiful children that need love, care and guidance. These guys have been serving this need for over 30 years! Way to go!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I was appointed to Cartersville, GA to serve as Senior Pastor of Sam Jones UMC a couple of years ago and quickly learned about Advocates. I was so impressed with the love and care and quality of the work they do. They minister to the children in our greater community with love and compassion and with a real servant's heart. From the Children's Home they run and throughout all the various programs they have, they show nothing but integrity and compassion. I wanted to get involved with Advocates and ended up serving on their Board. I am very proud to be a part of such quality organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My family and I are proud supporters of this groundbreaking organization. I feel confident donating my time and money to a place that dedicates their efforts to improving the lives of children and families from all socioeconomic platforms and unique individual circumstances. Any organization that provides support to children from birth to early adulthood is fundamental in the future success of our community as a whole. We are fortunate to have a safe and nurturing place for displaced children to reside, and to have programs focused on educating parents so they can break the cycle of abuse.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

These guys are great and are a tremendous benefit to our community. Bartow County is very fortunate to have this organization.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Advocates gives kids a great atmosphere to transition from unhealthy to healthy homes. I whole heartily support them with my time and money.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an organization full of people who live to serve the children and families who need us most in our community. The staff and volunteers are selfless individuals who provide education, support, shelter and resources to those in need. Great organization, great cause, great people!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer at Advocates for Children I felt that my roles, though small, were meaningful. The staff was dedicated and helpful.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Advocates is a wonderful organization providing much needed services to youth in our community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Such a great organization that goes above and beyond for the children of this community. Advocates For Children truly put the well being of children FIRST!! Thank you Advocates for all of your hard work and dedication to children and families.

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 1

I will not be giving any more money to this organization until there are changes made at the Flowering Branch Children's Center. Yes, they have done incredible work in the community, but the problems with the center could be the apple that spoils the whole bunch. What bothers me is that I have been expecting a formal statement for a while now regarding all the news reports about a child being molested by another older child at the center, and they have been very tight-lipped. There are so many questions as to why they accepted a child that according to news reports many other homes would not accept and even though they were warned about how he could be a danger to others and himself, they did not protect the other children from him and the unthinkable happened. The biggest question is when this was reported to management at the center, why did they call the DFCS social worker and not the police? The news reports state that when the victim's mother was told by her son what happened over a phone call, she called the police.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are truly blessed to have an organization that is dedicated to serving both children, and families, in Bartow County. Advocates' helps our community on all levels, whether it is educating new parents, housing children in their shelter, or counseling children who are grieving the loss of a parent or family member. This organization is vital to Bartow, because it serves as a platform in providing our youth with the necessary skills and resources to be the best that they can be, despite questionable and unfortunate circumstances that they may have experienced in their own upbringing. Advocates has been a staple in this community for 30 years now because of the extraordinary support that they have provided to our youth.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I have been very concerned about this organization for a while now, but so much more so recently. There have been multiple news articles in regard to negligence of this organization - especially in reference to the unethical practices of Flowering Branch Childrens Home. It has been extremely concerning to hear and read what has been going on at Flowering Branch Childrens Home and the lack of medical care, general watchful oversight and proper care for these children there. I cannot help but wonder if something as serious as alleged child molestation is so easily covered up and swept under the rug by this organization then, what else is being covered up as well? It is just extremely concerning on multiple levels.