Andrew H. Agatston, CEO and General Legal Counsel of Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia
Andrew Agatston was named Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel for the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia on July 1, 2014. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Agatston served on an Interim Management Team for CACGA from February 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.
As CEO and General Counsel, Mr. Agatston is responsible for leading a state network of 45 children’s advocacy centers across the state. Georgia has the second most CACs in the country, and is seen as one of the pre-eminent state CAC networks in the United States.
Children’s Advocacy Centers are, generally, private non-profit corporates that play an essential role in the response system to children who have been sexually abused, suffer severe physical abuse, or are otherwise neglected or exploited. Each CAC is part of a multidisciplinary team (MDT) along with the state’s prosecutor’s office, law enforcement, medical professionals, mental health professionals and the Department of Family and Children Services. For more information regarding the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia, see www.cacga.org.
Mr. Agatston has a long history with CACGA, having served on its Board of Directors, Advisory Board, and most recently on its Interim Management Team prior to being appointed CEO and General Legal Counsel on July 1, 2014. As an attorney in private practice, Andrew began representing Georgia CACs in 1998. He continues to train and consult with CACs nationally on legal matters, and also has since 2008 operated his national “Legal Eagles of CACs” listserv, which analyzes child abuse trials and is offered free of charge to any professional in the U.S. who works for or is affiliated with a children’s advocacy center.
Mr. Agatston also continues to serve those injured through the negligent or intentional acts of others at his law firm, which was established on January 1, 2002.