Governor Kemp appoints new child advocate

Atlanta, GA – Recently, Governor Brian Kemp sworn in Jerry Bruce as Georgia’s Child Advocate. Mr. Bruce will fill the position vacated by Rachel Davidson’s resignation in April 2021 and was selected following the formation and recommendation of a three-person nomination committee.

Jerry Bruce has over 26 years of experience in youth welfare and juvenile criminal law. Since 2015, he has served as director of the Georgia Court Improvement Program and program attorney for the Georgia Supreme Court Committee on Child Justice. He previously served as Juvenile Court Judicial in the Enotah Judicial Circuit and Special Assistant General Attorney General, representing the Department of Family and Children Services in Union, Towns and Rabun Counties. Mr. Bruce received his doctorate in law from the University of Georgia in 1993 and a Masters of Arts in English literature from Louisiana State University in 1990.

About the child advocacy

The Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) provides independent oversight over the individuals, organizations, and agencies responsible for providing services to children who are victims of child abuse and neglect, or whose domestic situation requires government intervention. OCA’s mission is to protect Georgia’s children and restore the safety of children whose well-being is threatened. In order to achieve its goal, OCA identifies treatment and service patterns for children and makes recommendations for necessary political implications, legislative changes and systemic improvements.