Trenny Stovall has served as director of the DeKalb County Child Advocacy Center (DCCAC) since its inception in 2003. As director, Stovall works to ensure adequate legal representation for abused and neglected children in the county. She developed Georgia’s first office of child advocate attorneys operating independently from a Juvenile Court system. She also serves as department liaison to DeKalb County’s administration and state legislators as well as numerous local, state, and national child welfare entities.
Prior to joining DeKalb County, Stovall served as Senior Child Advocate attorney in Fulton and Muscogee counties. Stovall is a graduate of Emory University School of Law, in Atlanta and Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama.
Stovall serves as a member of a variety of professional committees and organizations including the Emory School of Law-Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic Advisory Committee, the Supreme Court of Georgia’s Committee on Justice for Children, the DeKalb Junior League Advisory Board, the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers, the American Bar Association’s Advisory Panel, and the American, Georgia and DeKalb County Bar Associations as well as the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
Department Summary – DeKalb County Child Advocacy Center
The DeKalb County Child Advocacy Center (DCCAC) was created in 2003, to ensure adequate legal representation for abused and neglected children. The DCCAC is the first child advocate attorney’s office in Georgia to function independently from a Juvenile Court system. Since opening, the department has represented more than 4,500 child-clients. The DCCAC is staffed by attorneys, investigators, and paralegals, who investigate allegations of abuse, represent the best interests of child-clients in deprivation cases and provide ongoing case management and oversight for as long as children remain under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court.