The Advocates for Children Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Karen White will serve as CEO and President of the organization effective January 1, 2016. White is currently Executive Vice President, serving as Director of Development for the previous five years.

kwhiteAs CEO she will have responsibility for the overall success of the organization, including board development and management, program design and evaluation, evaluating new opportunities for service, strategic and financial planning. She will also be responsible for oversight of buildings, grounds and fundraising, to ensure the organization always has the resources necessary to do the important work of taking care of children and families.

White will take over as CEO and President after Patty Eagar’s December 31 retirement. Eagar has served as CEO and President of Advocates for the last eighteen years. “Karen is well-prepared to lead Advocates into its next years, committed to the mission of preventing child abuse in all its forms and continuing to help over 3,000 children and families every year— and more” said Eagar.

Advocates for Children is a non-profit organization committed to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Advocates was formed in1983 when a group of concerned community members in Bartow County recognized the need for a children’s shelter.  The organization began in a small house on Elizabeth Street in Cartersville and now operates eight programs with four locations and nearly 50 employees, providing programs and services to 3,000 children and families annually.

“Karen has been a great leader and a valuable asset to the organization over the past six years.  I, along with the entire Board of Directors, look forward to the wonderful things we will accomplish under her future leadership.” Todd Browning, Advocates for Children board chair.

Each of us can make a huge difference in the lives of children through the giving of our time, talents and treasures. Advocates for Children strengthens our community of families by offering safety, comfort and hope to children and preventing child abuse in all its forms. To learn more about Advocates and the services they offer, call 770.387.1143 or visit