Sandy Santana, left, executive director of Children's Rights, speaking at the 2017 Foster Care Caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
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National nonprofit for children opening office at Atlanta law firm

A national nonprofit that advocates for vulnerable children is establishing a new Southeast office at a law firm’s Atlanta headquarters.

New York City-based Children’s Rights has opened quarters at Hall Booth Smith, which is donating space, providing administrative and pro bono support to the group.

Christina Wilson Remlin, lead counsel at Children’s Rights and a native Atlantan, said the organization’s work has grown in the South from “standing up for kids in Georgia’s foster care system to winning key legal battles for foster children in Texas.”

Remlin is already working from the 191 Peachtree St. office, and Children’s Rights is hiring another Atlanta-based staff attorney for the outpost, said Sandy Santana, executive director of Children's Rights.

The nonprofit is also hosting its inaugural Atlanta Benefit & Inspiration Awards luncheon on Friday at the Cherokee Town Club, 155 West Paces Ferry Road NW. 

The event will honor the following people for their work to help children: Kate Atwood, founder of Kate’s Club and first executive director of ChooseATL; George McKerrow, co-founder and CEO of Ted’s Montana Grill; and Trenny Stovall, director of the DeKalb County Child Advocacy Center.

The event will be hosted by Jeff Dauler of Atlanta Star Radio 94.1, and co-chaired by Greg Hecht, principal attorney at Hecht Walker, PC and Holli Hines Easton, managing director of BFG Communications. Edgar Carranza, a former foster youth from Atlanta, is expected to attend. 

All proceeds will go toward advocacy and legal action “to defend the rights, safety and well-being of children in foster care and other state child welfare institutions,” a press release said.

Register for the event here.

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