Appalachian Judicial Circuit Superior Courts
Andrea Gibby, Executive Director
The mission of the Appalachian Children's Center, Inc. is to be an advocate for the safety of all children and to reduce the trauma of child abuse victims and their families by facilitating a multidisciplinary team approach to prevention, detection, investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse in the Appalachian Judicial Circuit (Fannin, Gilmer, and Pickens Counties). Visit the Appalachian Children's Center website
Appalachian Family Law Information Center (AFLIC)
Kayann West, Staff Attorney and Director
Brittany Smith, Assistant Director
The Appalachian Family Law Information Center (AFLIC) was developed to assist residents of Pickens, Gilmer and Fannin Counties who wish to represent themselves in domestic legal matters or educate themselves about domestic issues. AFLIC has legal form packets and instructions available to assist in the following areas (some of which are available on-line): divorce (both with and without children), contempt, legitimation, child custody and visitation modifications, modification of child support, and name changes. Go to http://www.appfamilylawcenter.org for further information.
Appalachian Judicial Circuit Court Appointed Special Advocate Program (CASA)
Diane Scoggins, Executive Director
The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a trained community volunteer appointed by a judge to speak up for the best interests of an abused or neglected child involved in a juvenile court deprivation proceeding. The ultimate goal of a CASA volunteer is to help make sure the child has a safe, permanent home. Visit the State of Georgia CASA website.
Merle Howell Naylor, Coordinator, Gilmer County
Linda Mahan, Coordinator, Fannin County
Pickens Family Connection, Gilmer Family Connection, and Fannin Family Connection are integral parts of the state-wide network of 159 counties participating in Family Connection and local community-wide collaborations between social service agencies, organizations, and individuals dedicated to improving the lives of children and their families. Participation in Family Connection is encouraged and open to all members of the community. Youth, parents, business and government leaders are invited to join. Through these collaborations, successful community initiatives have been born, such as Community Thrift Stores, Community Emergency Shelter, Family Advocate program, Rural Home Ownership Loan Program, the Extreme Teen Abstinence Program, and Kids Day Out. For more information, visit the Pickens Family Connection site or the Georgia Family Connection website.
The North Georgia Mountain Crisis Network, Inc. (NGMCN) offers services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. For victims of sexual assault, services include examinations by a trained forensics nurse, counseling, and a 24-hour hotline. NGMCN assists domestic violence victims by offering shelter services, crisis intervention, and legal & medical advocacy. The Shelter is staffed and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can make arrangements by calling the crisis hotline at 1-800-334-2836. The Crisis phone line is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Counseling and support groups are available free of charge. Trained advocates are available to assist victims with Temporary Protective orders, accompany them to civil and criminal court and advise them on legal options. Advocates are available to meet victims at the emergency room or doctor's office. NGMCN also promotes training and education for domestic violence prevention and sexual assault prevention. For more information, visit the NGMCN website.
Prevent Child Abuse Pickens is committed to raising the value society places on children and to preventing abuse and neglect, so that all children can grow to their full potential. Every child deserves to be cherished and nurtured in a safe environment. Harming a child in any way is unacceptable. Prevent Child Abuse is committed to strengthening families and preventing child abuse and neglect by providing families with the information, support, and resources necessary to be successful in raising children. Furthermore, Prevent Child Abuse is committed to engaging communities in the development and implementation of prevention strategies and programs. Prevent Child Abuse targets these areas, where the need for prevention services is greatest: Advocacy; Children's programs;Community involvement; Parent programs;Professional education; Strategic partnerships. Through statewide programs like a toll-free Helpline, Healthy Families Georgia, and First Steps, Prevent Child Abuse is helping break the cycle of child abuse in Georgia. For more information, see the Prevent Child Abuse Georgia website.
Susan Baucom, Director
The Office of the District Attorney Appalachian Judicial Circuit Victim Witness Assistance Program solemnly promises to provide an all-inclusive range of services that will help the victim stay informed and educated about his or her case. Services will be rendered with absolute respect, compassion, dignity, helping the victim to feel whole again. If you are a victim of a criminal case, you may be entitled to services. Services include providing general information about the criminal justice system and specific information about your case; employer intervention; creditor intervention; referral to social service agencies; accompaniment to court; advocacy for restitution; and assistance in filing compensation application. To see if you qualify for these services, call 706-635-5122. To learn more about the Georgia Victim Witness Assistance Program,click here.
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