A Substance Abuse Treatment and Intervention Program
entry into Newton County Juvenile Drug Court is voluntary. The program is offered to youth charged with drug or alcohol-related offenses and to youth charged with other non-violent offenses, but who have a history of substance abuse or are suspected of current drug or alcohol use. Eligible youth are offered a choice between participation in Juvenile Drug Court or prosecution on the pending charges.
Established in 2001, Tuancy Court provides immediate intervention and support to the children of Newton County who exhibit high rates of truancy. All youth are monitored by a case manager and are required to appear in court or receive appropriate sanctions for any unexcused absences after being placed in the program with needed services. The program serves an average of 50-60 children per year, and Georgia Bar members are mentors for the children.
A Program for Juvenile Justice Involved Girls
Established in 2010 and in collaboration with its community partners, DFCS, DJJ, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Newton Mentoring Inc., and Pathways Transitional Programs, Inc., Girl STEPS is a program designed to address delinquency, strengthen family stability, and to reduce the risk of abuse or neglect through group counseling, parenting classes, and mentoring. Girl STEPS empowers girls with the life skills necessary to make positive choices.
ERC - Evening Reporting Center
An Alternative to Secure Detention
In 2007, Newton County Juvenile Court, in collaboration with its community partners, KidsNet Newton, GRN Community Service Board, Newton County Community Partnership and the Department of Juvenile Justice, opened the Evening Reporting Center (ERC), a court-ordered short-term non-residential program for youth as an alternative to secure, pre-trial detention. Youth in this program receive tutoring, life skills instruction, and participate in recreational activities.
C.L.A.S.S. - Center for Learning Alternatives for Suspended Students
A Program for Juvenile Justice Involved Boys
Established in 2009, C.L.A.S.S. is a program designed to help suspended students continue their coursework with a focus on educational and behavioral needs. C.L.A.S.S. provides students with tutoring and support to improve academic progress and builds life and social skills critical for success. The program serves up to 20 students per year and runs in accordance with Newton County School System calendar.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with Newton County Juvenile Court, contact:
Nicki Worthy, Resource and Development Coordinator
Phone: 770-784-2060, ext. 4405
Other Specialized Programs
Alcovy CASA Program
Court-Appointed Special Advocates
A Court Appointed Special Advocate is a trained community volunteer who is appointed by a judge to advocate for an abused or neglected child in juvenile court proceedings. A CASA makes independent recommendations to the court for services which focus on meeting the needs of each child. For more information about becoming a CASA volunteer, contact:
Alcovy CASA Program
Serving Newton and Walton Counties
Jim Killman, Executive Director
1094B Access Road
Covington, GA, 30014