We all want the best for children. Unfortunately, children sometimes suffer because of the actions of adults, and it becomes necessary for attorneys, judges, social workers, and other court personnel to intervene on their behalf. Judges in Georgia's Juvenile, Probate and Superior Courts are guided by a consideration of the best interests of the child.
Attorney Leslie Stewart is committed to making a difference in the lives of children in the Atlanta metropolitan area of Georgia. Her child-centered law practice is geared toward serving the best interests of children, because helping children is her lifelong passion. She enthusastically represents adult clients who are attempting to do the right thing for children.
She understands that child welfare and juvenile law matters can be emotional and challenging. Ms. Stewart is sympathetic to her clients' situations and, when needed, tough when pursuing solutions to their problems. She serves diverse clients and non-traditional families. Ms. Stewart gives each client the personal service they need, along with a thorough explanation of the law and the available options.
Attorney Stewart is experienced in all aspects of child welfare law and any matters where a child needs a voice of his or her own. For instance, she handles:
For more information, please click on the links on the left-hand side of the page for specific practice areas.
Currently, Attorney Stewart is not accepting new private cases except for DFCS adoptions.
Further, Attorney Stewart's caseload is such that she is unable to respond to the numerous potential clients who contact her.
GEORGIA'S COLD CASE PROJECT
The Supreme Court of Georgia's Committee on Justice for Children sponsored the Cold Case Project beginning in April 2009. Ms. Stewart is now in her 5th year as a Supreme Court Fellow working on the Cold Case Project, currently as a coordinator for Cold Case Courts and serving part-time as a special master. This project is conducted with the full partnership, support and education with the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services and the Georgia Office of the Child Advocate.
At the conclusion of the initial phase of the Cold Case Project, which reviewed cases of children who had been in foster care for long periods of time, a research paper was published which detailed the study's findings and recommendations:
Adoptive parents of special needs children who were in DFCS (Department of Family and Children's Services) custody can finalize their adoptions at no cost.
Ms. Stewart is a Child Welfare Law Specialist (CWLS), a certification awarded by the National Association of Counsel for Children and authorized by the American Bar Association. This certification involves establishing in-depth child welfare legal experience as well as taking and passing a national bar exam.
Ms. Stewart served as a 2009-2010 Georgia Supreme Court Fellow and continues to serve in that capacity. The Supreme Court's Committee for Justice for Children launched the Cold Case Project to help children in long-term foster care.
Attorney Stewart co-wrote an article about one of the Cold Case Project's success stories:
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Child Welfare Links:
Georgia Department of Human Resources (Grandparents Raising Grandchildren): www.hdr.georgia.gov/grg
Metro Area Juvenile Court Links: