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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.

1

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!

2 AdvocatesAdvocate

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Advocates is a wonderful organization that the citizens of Bartow County are fortunate to have. The services they provide to the children and families of our community are invaluable. The staff always has the children's best interest in mind and strives for excellence. I enjoy being a part of this organization and my family will continue to be supporters of Advocates for years to come.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic organization that has positively impacted and changed the lives of thousands of troubled children throughout its existence. They have an impeccable reputation and a dedicated staff committed to improving the lives of children who find themselves in need of help. The negative reviews on this site are clearly based out of ignorance and some sort of personal vendetta against the director or the way the staff are compensated (Possibly a disgruntled former employee?) It is shameful that these individuals would seek to damage an organization that has played such a critical role in the lives of so many children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Advocates for Bartow's Children serves an amazing need in our community. In their 30+ years of existence, they have given thousands of children hope, love and protection. From helping new mothers, to offering support to children dealing with grief, a children's shelter, CASA, and SO MUCH MORE, this organization does more for children than any other group in Cartersville-Bartow County. We are so fortunate to have such dedicated staff, volunteers, and board members who want nothing more than to provide safety, security and comfort to children in need. I feel lucky to have volunteered for this great organization, and to support them financially. We need more organizations like Adovcates across the US to help even more children in need.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have found Advocates for Children to be a strong organization that puts the children's interests first. They care deeply in protecting and nurturing children who have come from negative home life experiences. They create a safe and stable environment and are dedicated to improving these children's lives in any way they can. I will continue to donate and support such a worthy cause.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This organization has some serious and extremely concerning issues and practices starting at the top with the director. It has become more and more apparent these past few months how much more important money and self recognition is to the director of this organization, than the safety and assistance of children and families. I have been appalled at the lack of morals and basic decency of this director and this organization as a whole. The fact that an alleged molestation occurred right under the roof of this organizations Flowering Branch Childrens Home and no law enforcement was notified, it was hidden and the child this alleged crime happened to was not even given medical treatment or care is absolutely appalling. There are way too many questionable activities within this organization, laundry list really, to be able to support them in good conscience. I do believe there are some great volunteers within this organization and I applaud them for their kindness and service to our community. But, as far as the directors of this organization go, they are blatantly more concerned with making money and meeting quotas than helping children and families. That kind of immoral and inappropriate mindset and behavior tends to start at the top and trickle down. You know, the employees tend to emulate the behavior of those people who are higher up that are supposed to be pillars of leadership and ethics in any organization. In this organization, you have "higher ups" less concerned with children and families and more concerned with money and appearances so you have an extreme lack in leadership for the things that matter most and it shows all the way through the organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I am sorry, but this is not a top notch facility. Please read the following articles and educate yourself before you donate to this organization.

http://www.daily-tribune.com/view/full_story/25218150/article-Parents--System-failed-defendant-in-molestation-case?

Also, read comments from the parents involved and find out what they are trying to cover up - it is ridiculous!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-for-the-Flowering-Branch-Victim/719553288067603?ref=br_tf

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James D S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The shelter is a place where there are always needs to be met and if you sit and listen for a few minutes you can find out what they are, and if you watch the kids and how they are cared for, if you have any heart for kids at all you will want to meet some of those needs; It does not have to be big, just what you have the heart to do. Ive learned how to fix a screen door, hang pictures on the wall without having to find a stud in the wall just because it needed to be done and I had to ask how, and all the staff are glad to answer questions about what can and can not be done.

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kgk4

Volunteer

Rating: 4

As a CASA, I can see the impact I have on a child, sometimes the influence can be subtle or dramatic, either way the experience changes you and the child.
Advocates has impacted the community positively; they have brought individuals together and then as a team creating changes that has improved the life of a child.
You can volunteer enormous amounts of time or just a few moments; they are grateful that you are concerned about the welfare of a child. What better way to make your community better?

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James48

Donor

Rating: 4

These folks are wonderful. I am proud to be a donor to this organization. My church is, also, a donor. I have always been kept apprised of all events. I have personal knowledge of their works and the kids they have helped. God bless Advocates for Children.

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Jeff M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered in several capacities over the past 10 years with this group and you will not find a charity more focused on providing life changing assistance, while trying to be the best possible stewards of the resources they have been trusted with. I am proud to be affilliated with them and consider the time spent there to be some of the best use of the time I have.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization meets the needs of kids when they have been abused or neglected. They are always working tirelessly to bring healing to kids who would have no one to turn to.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I first became involved with Advocates as a shelter volunteer soon after moving to the community. However, I was able to glimpse the bigger picture of the organization, and all it accomplished, as an intern on their Board of Directors as a part of our Chamber's Leadership class in 2006. I was immediately impressed with the level of commitment of each and every person I came in contact with! Having served on numerous boards in this community and others, I have to say that this organization outshines them all! Its mission, values and vision combine with immense dedication and good old-fashioned hard work to give the children and youth of our community hope for a brighter, safer, future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I always knew that Advocates had a children's shelter, but it was after I attended the Advo 101 Breakfast that I began to understand EVERYTHING Advocates for Bartow's Children does in this community. From the First Steps Program, to A Better Way Children's Advocacy Center, to their VolunTeen program and everything in between, Advocates truly helps all youth in this community. It's been an honor and a priviledge to volunteer for Advocates for Children and help raise awareness and finanical support for this outstanding community organization. It's a shame more people don't volunteer their time and/or donate funds to continue to help the organization grow and help even MORE children in need.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Advocates For Bartow's Children has been a prolific and wonderful providor of safe shelter and services to children and effective counciling to families in and around Bartow County for the 20 years that I have known them. Very talented and caring staff. Well run board.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Advocates for Children is an amazing organization with the sole mission of helping children that have faced unfortunate situations thrive in society. In addition to the 10+ programs they offer, from Rainbows to Flowering Branch Children's Shelter, their staff and volunteer programs are phenominal. Each and every person on staff and on the volunteer team pull together to ensure that every child that comes through their program is well cared for and feels loved. My family was drawn to this organization three years ago and initially helped with the annual Duck Durby; the most amazing event where you'll see everything from local performers and crafters to thousands of yellow ducks floating down the river - all to raise funds to assist with the operational costs of running Advocates. Since then we have enjoyed sharing our time by bringing dinner to the children at the shelter, supporting the annual Spring Benefit and of course, the very fun Duck Derby. Advocates is a very special organization that has helped hundreds of children thrive in a loving environment when they wouldn't have otherwise had that at home.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Advocates for Bartow's Children is an organization that truly touches the hearts of everyone in the Bartow County community. The different programs offered are what gives hope and inspiration to a group of young people who haven't had the support and guidance that most of our young population has grown up with. I truly believe that if you want to be involved in a non-profit organization doing the best they can for the future of our community Advocates is the one to get involved in. It is truly rewarding to see the youth in this organization grow to be better people because of their programs.

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