Sometimes parents or guardians can be overwhelmed by the behavior of a juvenile
offender or an at-risk youth. There are many resources available that can help both
individuals and families. Below is a brief list of potential resources that might be
useful to parents and guardians. Individual facilities may be able to provide parents
and guardians with additional resources.
Emergency Mental Health Services:
Georgia Crisis & Access Line
The Georgia Crisis & Access Line is staffed with professional social workers and
counselors 24 hours per day, every day to assist those with urgent and emergency
needs. Those callers who need more routine services are directly connected with
the agency of their choice and given a scheduled appointment.
National Suicide Hotline
Not sure whom to call in Georgia?
1-800-Georgia (1-800-436-7442) is a toll-free service for citizens who are
seeking state services but don't know who to call. The Call Center will connect
callers to the correct government agency with their first call. Upon receipt of
a call, the trained agent searches the state's KnowledgeBase to locate the
correct service and phone number. The agent then connects the caller to the
person or place responsible for the service needed. The goal is to improve
customer service for all Georgia citizens by eliminating the aggravation of
being transferred numerous times in search of information.
National Center for Victims of Crime
(202) 467-8700 www.ncvc.org
Provides referral services to victims and information on all issues dealing
with the criminal justice system.
The Georgia Mentoring Partnership
The Georgia Mentoring Partnership (GMP) is a coalition of public, private,
non-profit and faith-based communities. Its aim is to serve as an advocate
for the expansion of mentoring programs and a resource for mentors and mentoring
initiatives statewide. With Communities In Schools of Georgia, serving as the
lead agency, the primary objective of the GMP is to provide resources and
services that will enhance all mentoring programs across the state of Georgia.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
(404) 487-5700 www.bgca.org
Located in all 50 states, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America provide a safe place,
caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development
programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs
promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.
National headquarters are located in Atlanta.
Big Brother, Big Sister
(215) 567-7000 headquarters: www.bbbs.org
Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult
volunteers ("Bigs") and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities
across the country and in chapters throughout Georgia.
100 Black Men of America
(404) 688-5100 www.100blackmen.org
100 Black Men of America, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, seeks to improve the
quality of life within our communities and enhance educational and economic
opportunities for all African Americans and create environments where children
are motivated to achieve. Chapters throughout the state.
Georgia Sheriff's Boys Ranch
(770) 914-1076 www.georgiasheriffs.org
Georgia Sheriff's Boys Ranch provides quality child care for Georgia's children
who need counseling, residential care, camping, independent living and alumni
services as they work toward a lawful, productive and secure future.
(212) 509-2000 www.girlsinc.org
Girls Incorporated is a national research, education, and direct advocacy
organization that inspires girls to be strong, smart, and boldSM. Programs
based on research gathered at the Girls Inc. National Resource Center encourage
girls ages 6 to 18 to take risks and master physical, intellectual, and
emotional challenges. Programs are offered through a network of 1,000 sites
nationwide and are facilitated by trained professional staff. Chapters in
Atlanta, Albany and Columbus Georgia.
Georgia Truancy Project
(404) 613-4741 www.truancyproject.org
Works to prevent school truancy.
Governor's Office for Children and Families
Parents as Teachers
The mission of Parents as Teachers is to provide the information, support and
encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the
crucial early years of life.
Nurturing Parenting Programs
The Nurturing Parenting Programs are published by Family Development Resources,Inc.
(FDR) which is headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina and has been promoting
non-violent parenting practices since 1983. These programs are evidence based
programs recognized by SAMHSA and the National Registry of Evidence-based
Programs and Practices (NREPP).
One Tough Job
The Massachusetts Children's Trust Fund created One Tough Job to support
parents by providing them with current, reliable, and practical information
on a variety of parenting topics related to raising children from infancy
KidsHealth provides families with accurate, up-to-date, and jargon-free health
information they can use.
Positive Parenting provides parent education classes, parenting workshops,
in service presentations and consultation to parents, early childhood education
centers, schools, churches, businesses and others who provide services for
parents and children.
National Parent Helpline
1-855- 4A PARENT (1-855-427-2736) www.nationalparenthelpline.org
Get emotional support from a trained Advocate and become empowered and a
CDC Parent Portal
The CDC's Parent Portal offers a wealth of information from across all of CDC,
covering everything from safety at home and the community to immunization
schedules and developmental milestones.
Connect With Kids
Connect With Kids provides a community for parents and educators to obtain
resources on how to connect with children and talk about important issues.
Connect with Kids also creates videos on issues affecting your children.
Juvenile Resource Statistics Association and
the Department of Human
Resources Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Addictive
Both websites provide glossaries of commonly used acronyms and abbreviations
related to juvenile justice and mental health.