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IMPACT OF LEGISLATION/POLICY treatment" drug court that provides services for addicted parents in his circuit to go sober and regain their children from foster care. The increasing caseloads "have caused more referrals to Family Treatment Court, keeping [the docket] mostly at full census," he said. "The workload is increased by longer treatment court staffings and court sessions." Roberts says that county commissioners and administrators can assist courts through good planning and consistent budget management. "When a budget is approved for the Juvenile court, we proceed to manage our work to that budget," she said. "However, court operations are impacted when through the year the county changes your budget without any consideration of the function the Court performs." "Attorneys must be appointed, court reporters must be paid, there must be sufficient staff to ensure that our county's citizens are served - the Court cannot and should not be constantly re-thinking goals, responsibilities and purpose," Judge Roberts added. Maintaining Quality and Consistency Ashley Willcott, the State Child Advocate, says that in times of increasing caseloads, providing consistent legal representation to the parties in child dependency cases is "necessary to meet the demands and gaps of an overburdened system." She emphasized the need for the state and counties to ensure that there are "good, effective, solid" attorneys representing all the parties in court - the agency, the parents and the child. "Attorneys in dependency hearings can ensure that the needs are identified and [service] gaps are addressed in court," Willcott said. "Consistent, good representation of the parties can only raise the bar to help navigate a child welfare system with limited resources and increasing demands." Assisting in that effort to promote good representation for all parties in juvenile court is the Committee on Justice for Children, a project of Georgia's Supreme Court. Members of the Committee, led by Justice Harris Hines, include agency and court leaders and child welfare experts from across Georgia. The committee's statewide projects include advanced training for child welfare attorneys and court staff and efforts to assist courts and agency personnel to assist children whose foster care cases have languished in the system. This latter program, dubbed the "Cold Case Project," provides highly experienced child welfare attorneys to work with local staff and attorneys in finding permanent families for children who otherwise are destined to "age out" of foster care without a safe and stable family connection. Over the past five years, the Cold Case Project has seen dramatic success throughout the state. 6 In September, the committee will convene in Tifton for an advanced training for juvenile court attorneys led by attorneys who are certified as child welfare specialists. Willcott, a member of the Committee on Justice for Children, says the committee's hope is to ensure that juvenile courts statewide are staffed by well-qualified attorneys. Additionally, the committee maintains statistics on Georgia's foster care population and uses that data to aid juvenile courts to improve outcomes for local foster children. A recent study performed for the Committee, for example, compared the rate at which juvenile courts removed children from their homes for placement in foster care. The data showed that while metropolitan counties have the highest numbers of children in foster care, some smaller, suburban or rural counties A unique community with excitement and potential for ongoing growth opportunities that welcomes all with small town hospitality and metropolitan personality 803983_Habersham.indd 1 706-839-0200 www.habershamga.com FALL 2016 www.accg.org 4/13/16 41 1:32 AM http://www.habershamga.com/ http://www.habershamga.com 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
Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - 13
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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