January 14, 2016
Seattle, WA — Judge Britt Hammond, Toombs Judicial Circuit, was recognized by the Casey Family Programs on January 12, 2016, as a 2016 Casey Excellence for Children awardee.
Judge Hammond was recognized as one of three leadership winners for his work negotiating and developing the statewide cross-border Interstate Pact for the Placement of Children (ICPC) agreement between Alabama and Georgia. He led unprecedented engagement and collaboration between top-level child welfare and judicial leaders, policymakers and child welfare staff. In the two Alabama and Georgia counties that piloted the joint agreement, more than 70 children were housed safely with relatives across state borders, preventing entries into foster care. As a result of the agreement’s success, Judge Hammond is currently leading development of a similar agreement between Alabama and Tennessee. Much of Judge Hammond’s state work has been supported by Supreme Court of Georgia’s Committee on Justice for Children, which led to his national work being supported by Casey Family Programs.
The Casey Excellence for Children Awards recognize outstanding individuals and leaders who have demonstrated distinguished work, exceptional leadership and relentless dedication in improving child welfare in America.