ATLANTA – Governor Sonny Perdue yesterday appointed Melissa D. Carter as Georgia's Child Advocate.
"Melissa's dedication to the state's child advocacy programs and her passion for improving the health and well being of Georgia's children make her the right selection for this position," Governor Perdue said.
Carter has served as the Deputy Director of the Office of the Child Advocate for the Protection of Children since August 2007. She was awarded the 2009 Marshall Memorial Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States. She has also been a member of the Advisory Committee of the Supreme Court of Georgia Committee in Justice for Children since 2007.
In January, Governor Perdue appointed a Nominating Committee for Georgia's Child Advocate consisting of Tommy Hills, Mary Eleanor Wickersham and Josh Belinfante. The vacancy was created by the resignation of Tom Rawlings, who will serve as the director of the International Justice Mission in Guatemala.