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Counselor's Corner

The holiday season has come and gone and I would like to thank you for your participation with Boynton’s Angel Tree.  Thanks to your generosity, we were able to assist many families and help make their Christmas a little merrier.  We are looking forward to an exciting new year.

 January is National Mentoring Month

Research has shown that youth who have a mentor are more likely to:

Attend and be more engaged in school

Form more positive social attitudes and relationships

Make smart choices that put them on a path to making better life decisions

 If you can read a book, play a game, enjoy lunch with a friend, and be a positive role model...then you can be a mentor.

Make a difference in a child’s life by being a mentor!

 

Thank you to our Boynton mentors who are making a difference every day.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact 


 Attention Parents/ Volunteers:

 

Effective July of 2012 the Mandated Reporter Law was updated to include volunteers working in a school. If you volunteer at any time in our building this will pertain to you. According to Boynton Elementary policy all reports should be made to the principal or counselor. The principal or counselor will then contact the proper authorities.  Please read the following…

 

 

House Bill 1176 and Changes to Georgia’s Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting

 

 

House Bill 1176 (HB 1176) is the result of the efforts of the Criminal Justice Reform Commission. The bill passed through the Georgia General Assembly on March 29, 2012.  One particular section of the bill is relevant to child welfare because it clarifies and expands the scope of O.C.G.A. § 19-5-7, which is Georgia’s law that mandates that certain professionals report suspected child abuse. These changes took effect on July 1, 2012.

 

HB 1176 adds definitions for the following groups of professionals required to report:

 

    Child service organization personnel means:

    People employed by or volunteeringfor any type of organization or business that provides children with “care, treatment, education, training, supervision, coaching, counseling, recreational programs, or shelter”

 

The Barton Child Law and Policy Center                               

Emory University School of Law                               

Atlanta, GA 30322