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in safely returning children to their families and homes." As a result, more children are coming into care, but fewer may be exiting care. Increased Work for the Courts The increase has a significant impact on juvenile court operations. Reforms to the state's juvenile code instituted in 2013 require judges to ensure that indigent parents pulled into the court on a child neglect or abuse claim are provided an attorney. 3 Children are automatically entitled to an attorney4 and also to a guardian-ad-litem to guard the child's best interests. 5 The guardian-ad-litem may be a volunteer court-appointed special advocate, although in some counties the guardian-adlitem will be an attorney. Other juvenile code reforms ensure that the court conducts more thorough and frequent reviews of cases involving children the court has placed in foster care. Combined with changes in the law, the dramatic increase in foster care cases requires more work from juvenile court judges and staff. "Before, we typically had two or three hearings and judicial reviews before permanency was achieved [for the child] or before termination of parental rights," Judge Spivey said. "Now we have six." Judge Peggy Walker of Douglas County agrees: "We have seen the number of children in foster care increase from less than one hundred children two years ago to 200 children in foster care," she said. "We do not have adequate time, space or staff. Overtime to keep the courthouse open on Mondays and Wednesdays has become the norm." To meet the increased need for staff and especially for attorneys to represent parties in abuse and neglect cases, courts have taken a variety of approaches. In metropolitan Atlanta counties such as Fulton and Gwinnett, the courts rely on dedicated child attorney offices staffed in the same fashion as a public defender's office. In other counties, courts have contracted with the local public defender, have contracted with a set number of child and parent attorneys, or appointed local attorneys on a case-by-case basis. For Newton County Judge Sheri Roberts, the contract system has worked well. "We have utilized contract attorneys for parent and guardian-ad-litem services for the last several years," she said. It has proven effective in court efficiency, full representation and budget stability. Even with the significant caseload growth, we have managed indigent defense at approximately the same funding level." At the same time, judges interviewed believe more judicial resources are required to handle this foster care surge. Roberts says that this year, she has had no choice but to increase the number of contract attorneys to meet the needs of the children and families who come before her. Walker of Douglas County feels constrained to ask her county for increased funds to cover additional attorneys and staff time. The increase also comes at a time in which Georgia's juvenile courts are struggling to deal with families suffering mental illness and drug addictions, increasingly from opioids and heroin. Like several juvenile court judges across the state, Spivey has created a "family FALL 2016 www.accg.org 39 http://www.accg.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Fall 2016

President’s Message
Director’s Message
Shaping the Future for Georgia’s Airports
First Responder Wireless Network Readies for Next Steps
GASB 77 Tax Abatement Disclosures Reporting Requirements
Reforming Sales & Use Taxes for the Digital Age
Drones Take Flight: Opportunities and Challenges for Counties
Examining the Rise in Georgia’s Foster Care Cases
ACCG 2016 Legislative Service Awards
New Cities and Incorporation in Georgia: County Implications
Newton County Partners with Action Ministries, Inc. to Provide Hunger Relief
2016 Summer Georgia County Internship Program Highlights
Transparency and Accountability: Being Held to a Higher Standard
Recycling: Still a Win-Win for County Governments and Communities
2016 Legislative Leadership Conference Preview
Successfully Negotiating Service Delivery Strategy Agreements
DeKalb County Recognized for Innovative Procurement Practices by U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance
Reducing Risks: A Look at the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office
Independent Contractor or County Employee?
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - President’s Message
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Director’s Message
Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Shaping the Future for Georgia’s Airports
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - First Responder Wireless Network Readies for Next Steps
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - GASB 77 Tax Abatement Disclosures Reporting Requirements
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Reforming Sales & Use Taxes for the Digital Age
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Drones Take Flight: Opportunities and Challenges for Counties
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Examining the Rise in Georgia’s Foster Care Cases
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - ACCG 2016 Legislative Service Awards
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - New Cities and Incorporation in Georgia: County Implications
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Newton County Partners with Action Ministries, Inc. to Provide Hunger Relief
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - 2016 Summer Georgia County Internship Program Highlights
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Transparency and Accountability: Being Held to a Higher Standard
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Recycling: Still a Win-Win for County Governments and Communities
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - 2016 Legislative Leadership Conference Preview
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Successfully Negotiating Service Delivery Strategy Agreements
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - DeKalb County Recognized for Innovative Procurement Practices by U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Reducing Risks: A Look at the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Independent Contractor or County Employee?
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - News & Notes
Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Index of Advertisers
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