Juvenile Court Volunteers

Contact Information


Philip F. Woodward,
Judge


Robbie Walka,
Administrator

rwalka@whitfieldcountyga.com


Whitfield County Juvenile Court
205 N Selvidge St
Dalton, Ga 30720
706 278-6558


Location


The Whitfield County Juvenile Court is located in the Ground Floor of the Whitfield County Courthouse in Dalton, Georgia and is a department within the government of Whitfield County.


Whitfield County is located approximately 90 miles northwest of Atlanta, Georgia, on Interstate 75 and U.S. Highways 41 and 76


Juvenile Court Seal


Juvenile Court Seal


Opportunities


The Juvenile Court of Whitfield County has several volunteer opportunities for people who enjoy working with children and families. We offer comprehensive training and expert supervision for volunteers in each of these programs. Some programs allow volunteers to work in groups and others require people who are comfortable working one-on-one with victims of child deprivation. Volunteers must pass a police records check as well as other screening procedures. You will find a brief description and contact information for each our volunteer opportunities below:


Citizen Review Panels

Children who are in the temporary custody of the Department of Human Resources, Division of Family and Children Services are in need of a permanent, loving and safe home. The Court will have issued and order designed to reunify the child with family, setting out certain goals and objectives to be reached by parents, caseworkers, etc. to accomplish the needed changes. The Panels work in groups of five to meet at the Juvenile Court with parents, caseworkers, counselors, and all other interested parties to review the current efficacy of the order. They consider the progress of the parties in meeting their goals and recommend changes that will make the reunification process more certain. They also flag cases where reunification is not succeeding. this process ensures that a child will not languish in foster care while parents are incapable or unwilling to improve their ability to provide a permanent home for the child. For more information about Panels click panels or call:


Anne Blaylock
706 281-4619


Mediation

The Court has trained many mediators who help children and families resolve conflicts with each other and with the community. We accept trained mediators and provide specialty training in juvenile court issues. We also provide basic mediator training for people with an interest in acquiring this skill as long as they are willing to volunteer within our system for a time. For more information about Mediation click mediation or call:


Robbie Walka
706 278-6558


GUARDIAN AD LITEM

A guardian ad litem (GAL) is a person appointed by the Court to represent the child's best interests during all hearings associated with a specific case. The guardian ad litem interviews the child, custodian(s) and other interested parties and recommends to the Court what is in the child's best interests. In some cases, such as some status offenses, a GAL is required to be appointed. Once the dispositional hearing is over, the role of the guardian is terminated. For additional information contact:


Robbie Walka
706 278-6558