Advocates for Children: Data Driven Change

Jul 18, 2019
Kids in front of shelter



Advocates for Children offers safety, comfort and hope to children and prevents child abuse in all its forms. Serving 11 counties: Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Douglas, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, North Fulton, and Pickens.


How the Dream Big Technology Grant helps Advocates’ Mission

With the TechBridge Dream Big Technology Grant, Advocates will work with TechBridge to create a cloud-based data system, accessible to program directors at their various centers, that will help them determine the overall impact of the organization by program and as a collective. Advocates has a breadth of program offerings that intersect on many levels in the prevention and recovery of child abuse and neglect. Advocates may have multiple touches occurring with a client but due to the lack of an overarching client management system one department might not be aware of the current or previous services provided to the client. These creates silos and ineffective care.

“Advocates for Children is thankful for this opportunity to partner with TechBridge through the Dream Big Grant.  We are excited about beginning this journey and the expertise the team will bring to our organization,” said Rachel Castillo, President and CEO of Advocates for Children

Creating a cloud-based system for sharing and submitting documents, reports, and important client program data will reduce the amount of time program directors need to spend on administrative tasks. The system will also allow the administrative team to easily process documentation and pull statistical data for review without disrupting the programs’ operations. The initial effect of this integrated system will be to improve workflow and time resource allocation organization-wide.

Long term, by looking at the organization holistically for return on investment and community impact, Advocates will be able to incorporate data into its strategic planning and monitor changes and improvement. The system then becomes strategic in the process of performance and quality improvement process, as well as ongoing data-driven change


Advocates for Children provides:  

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) provides advocacy and support to children in Foster Care

Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter program provides group homes services to DFCS and well as a Runaway and Homeless Youth services, Safe Place services and Independent Living Services.

Hope in your Home program provides parenting through evidence-based curriculum such as Parents as Teachers and Positive Parenting Program and Hospital Visitation program.

Child Advocacy Center provides forensic interviewing and wrap around family support.

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