SKORE (Supporting Kids on the Road to Excellence) is a program of the Bartow County Juvenile Court designed specifically for status offenders (ages 12-17) as an alternative to adjudication.

Our specific goals are:
  • Keep kids out of Court
  • Keep kids out of foster care
  • Keep kids out of detention
  • Keep kids in the community
  • Keep kids in school
Families in our program received assistance with resources such as, but are not limited to, the following:
               Mental Health Evaluation and Treatment
         Tutoring / Peer Mentors
         Career Assessment / Local Business Support
         Community Service/Work Opportunities/Transportation Assistance
         Physical Health & Life Skills Training

We encourage you to let us know how things are going at home. If a negative situation arises, please document it using the following form. This will come to me directly.

Negative Incident Report

On the flip side - when you see improvements at home, please use the following form! I like to know when your child makes progress.

Positive Incident Report



The revisions to the Juvenile Code of the Official Code of Georgia (O.C.G.A.) in January 2014 included a new section entitled Child in Need of Services (CHINS) which encourages the collaboration of agencies responsible for service provision to families referred to the court.  CHINS is a new approach to court intervention for youth determined to be “ungovernable” and/or “status offenders”[1] 

[1] O..C.G.A. § 15-11-381 defines a status offense as an act prohibited by law which would not be an offense if committed by an adult. 

The purpose of the CHINS article in the Juvenile Code is to:
1. Acknowledge that certain behaviors or conditions within a family or school environment indicate that a child is experiencing serious difficulties and is in need of services and corrective action in order to protect such child from the irreversibility of certain choices and to protect the integrity of such child’s family.
2. Make family members aware of their contributions to their family’s problems and to encourage family members to accept the responsibility to participate in any program of care ordered by the court.
3. Provide a child with a program of treatment, care, guidance, counseling, structure, supervision and rehabilitation that he or she needs to assist him or her in becoming a responsible and productive member of society.
4.  Ensure the cooperation and coordination of all agencies having responsibility to supply services to any member of a family referred to the court.