On Tuesday I had the privilege of spending the day with child advocates from all over the state at the JUSTGeorgia/CASA Day at the Capitol. Over 200 JUSTGeorgia coalition members, CASA volunteers, youth advocates, and others came together to tell their legislators that now is the time to pass the Child Protection and Public Safety Act bill, also know as the Children’s Code Rewrite (SB 127/HB 641).
After warm hellos and the legislative briefing, JUSTGeorgia coalition members and CASA volunteer headed to the Capitol for a group photo with Governor Deal and then off they went to meet their legislators. The day ended with a drop-in luncheon where many legislators stopped by and grabbed a bite to eat with their constituents who continued to chat with them about the important work they’re doing on behalf of children in their communities. All in all it was a good day – citizens got a chance to visit with their elected officials to tell them what’s important to them, legislators have a better understanding of why it’s so important to update Georgia’s juvenile code, and Georgia’s children are a little closer to having a set of laws that respects them and treats them appropriately.