Jamie Grantham Averett

Consultant, Quality Parenting Initiative

Jamie G. Averett joined the Youth Law Center’s Quality Parenting Initiative team in January of 2017. Prior to joining YLC, Jamie served in child welfare in Northwest Georgia for 17 years. For 14 years, Jamie served as counsel for children and families in juvenile court. Jamie was certified as a Child Welfare Law Specialist in 2010 and recognized by the National Association Counsel of Children and the American Bar Association. As an attorney, Jamie was involved with the implementation of National Quality Improvement Center on the Representation of Children. In 2013, Jamie was appointed to serve as the Associate Judge for Bartow County Juvenile Court, where she presided over both dependency and delinquency dockets. As a judge, Jamie was proactive in Georgia Council of Juvenile Court Judges, serving on the Children in Need of Services committee, Permanency committee, and the Bench Book and Uniform Rules for Juvenile Court committee. Judge Averett was part of a specialized permanency committee designed to address out of county placements of children in foster, was a proactive member of the Court Improvement Initiative for Model Courts, as established by the Georgia’s Supreme Court Justice for Children. Additionally, she served on the steering committee and served as the judicial co-chair for the North West Georgia System of Care where she worked directly with Casey Family Programs to develop the first Region of Hope project, an initiative to focus on strengthening families and communities as a preventive effort to keep children in their homes, in their communities, and to build community relationships and support. Judge Averett brings to YLC her passion and commitment to serving children and families in child welfare, and her sincere belief that every child and every parent is an individual who deserve the best we have to offer every day.

Education:

J.D., University fo Tulsa College of Law
B.S., Florida State University

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