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“Child Abuse Records Protection Act” signed into law

Gov. Nathan Deal signs the "Child Abuse Records Protection Act."

Gov. Nathan Deal with CACGA representatives, state lawmakers and political consultants.

Gov. Nathan Deal signed HB 725, the “Child Abuse Records Protection Act” on April 27th. This critical legislation will prevent the unauthorized disclosure of child abuse records. CACGA championed the legislation that was introduced by Rep. Wes Cantrell and joined the Governor for the signing of this bill.

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Five Questions for Laurie Whitworth

Laurie Whitworth is the Executive Director of Harmony House Children’s Advocacy Center in Royston.

CACGA:  What is Harmony House Child Advocacy Center for kids?

Laurie Whitworth:  Harmony House Child Advocacy Center serves the Northern Judicial Circuit. Elbert, Franklin, Hart, Madison and Oglethorpe Counties make up this circuit. Our mission is to provide a central location, using multidisciplinary team approaches to the evaluation, intervention, prosecution, and treatment for children (and their non-offending caregivers) who have been alleged victims of child abuse.  No single agency, individual or discipline has all the knowledge, skills or resources to provide needed assistance to abused children and their families. Harmony House Child Advocacy Center combines the wisdom and professional knowledge of child protective services, law enforcement, prosecution, medical professionals and mental health professionals by bringing together all of these entities and individuals under one roof in response to an allegation of abuse. Harmony House Child Advocacy Center maintains the focus on the child and works to ensure that the system designed to protect children is able to do so more effectively.

CACGA: What would you like the community to know about the professionals who work at Harmony
House Child Advocacy Center?

Laurie Whitworth:  Harmony House staff consist of professionals who are qualified, highly skilled, extensively trained and most of all passionate about making a difference in the recovery of a child who has experienced abuse and the family who are walking the path with them. [Read More…]

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