Sunset  What if your ex NEVER should have custody of your child?  Georgia law provides that the surviving parent is entitled to custody when one parent dies.  O.C.G.A. Section 19-9-2.  However, the statute also says that the judge may exercise discretion and Read More


couple photo DS All too often, friends and family miss signs of family violence in their loved ones.  The Georgia Commission on  Family Violence has created a family violence screening tool for health care providers.  This health care protocol is a useful educational resource for anyone wanting Read More


REPORT CHILD ABUSE.  GEORGIA LAW REQUIRES IT.  Georgia law requires that persons with responsibility for a child or children shall report child abuse when there is reasonable cause to believe that a child has been abused.  Churches all over Georgia Read More

“Run, Hide, Fight” new video

I just watched the video, “RUN, HIDE, FIGHT”, on the Cobb County Juvenile Court website.  It is brief and it is very informative.  For schools, churches, and all workplaces, it is good to have a resource like this and use Read More

Churches Need Worker’s Compensation Insurance

Churches Need Worker’s Compensation Insurance Churches need worker’s compensation insurance! The worker’s compensation insurance laws of Georgia REQUIRE that businesses – including churches and non-profits – with three or more regular employees provide worker’s compensation insurance.  I can’t explain it but the fact is that Read More

Older Adult Abuse Focus of Interpreter Article

Older Adult Abuse Focus of Interpreter Article Joy Melton is featured discussing issues of older adult abuse and exploitation in Tom Gillem’s article “Broken Trust” in the May/June issue of Interpreter Magazine.  Patterns of older adult abuse are described, along with strategies for protecting older adults and their families.  Joy Read More

Ten Ways to Love

Ten Ways to Love 1. Listen without interrupting. (Proverbs 18) 2. Speak without accusing. (James 1:19) 3. Give without sparing.  (Proverbs 21:26) 4. Pray without ceasing. (Colossians 1:9) 5. Answer without arguing. (Proverbs 17:1) 6. Share without pretending. (Ephesians 4:15) 7. Enjoy without complaint. Read More


Safe Sanctuary Insights Greetings and welcome to Safe Sanctuary Insights, a monthly eNews filled with expert advice, articles, commentary and announcements relating to the important mission of keeping our members, visitors and staff safe in our churches and nonprofits ministries. Read More

Georgia Child Abuse Reporting Law for your Church

Georgia has a new Child Abuse Reporting Statute that became effective July 1, 2012. Every church needs to know what our new law includes and how it effects our ministries with children and youth. The new law is found in Read More

WORKSHOP: Preventing Abuse In Older Adults

Joy Melton, partner with Hindson & Melton, will be the expert presenter at this informative online webinar. Find out more and register here–> Read More

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