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Advocating for the Truant Child (March Madness CLE)
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When: 03/12/2019
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Where: State Bar of Georgia, Room 3
104 Marietta St NW
Atlanta, Georgia  30303
United States
Presenter: Truancy Intervention Project
Contact: (404) 521-0781

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3 CLE hours


About The Program:  

The Truancy Intervention Project was developed and organized in late 1991 by co-founders Judge Glenda Hatchett and Alston & Bird LLP partner Terry Walsh in response to the recurring factor of truancy among children who appeared in Juvenile Court. The Juvenile Court observed that truancy was an early warning sign for these children. 
As a partnership between the Fulton County Juvenile Court, Fulton County School System, Atlanta Public Schools, TIP, and the Atlanta Bar Foundation, the Project provides volunteer attorney and non-attorney partners to children who are involved with the juvenile court system due to excessive absences from school. The Truancy Intervention Project also has an early intervention initiative, which partners volunteers with children and families to intervene at the school level, before a juvenile court referral becomes necessary.
The main objective of the Project is to provide early, positive intervention when children are noted for excessive school absences. The Project's real hope is that once the reasons for the absences can be determined and resolved, and the child returns to school, then perhaps the child's life can be redirected to a more positive and constructive future. 


Registration Fees:

Atlanta Bar Members: $40


Law Student Members: $5

Law Student Non-Members: $10

Legal Support Staff: $5


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Atlanta Bar Members: $100; Non-members: $250


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8:30 AM - 9:00 AM: Check-in & Registration


9:00 AM – 9:05 AM: Welcome

Honorable Chris Yokom, Fulton County Juvenile Court
Jessica Pennington, MSW, TIP GA, Executive Director


9:05 AM – 9:35 AM:

Opportunities for Collaboration: An Overview of TIP Students and Families

Abigail Winkles, MSW, Fulton County Schools, Social Worker

Behavioral Health Services

Sarah Serluco, MSW, TIP GA, Behavioral Health Services Manager

9:40 AM – 10:00 AM: The Importance of School Attendance and Early Intervention 

Sydney Royes, MSW, TIP GA, Early Intervention Coordinator

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM TIP Process

Emily Adams, Esq., TIP GA, Staff Attorney


10:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Role of the TIP Volunteer

Abigail Winkles, MSW, Fulton County Schools, Social Worker
Andrew Hatchett, Esq., TIP GA, Volunteer
William Reeder, Esq., TIP GA, Volunteer
Adrian Wright, TIP GA, Volunteer and Training Manager

11:30 – 12:30 Mock Hearing: “Almost the Real Thing”
Judge – Emily Adams, Esq., TIP GA, Staff Attorney 
School Social Worker – Abigail Winkles, MSW, Fulton County Schools, Social Worker
Attorney – William Reeder, Esq., TIP GA, Volunteer
Child – Kevin Wilson, Esq., TIP GA, Volunteer
Parent - Sydney Royes, TIP Georgia, Early Intervention Program Manager


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