Caren Cloud: A New Chapter in Advocacy for Georgia’s Youth

From Georgia Appleseed to Juvenile Court Judge

Marking an exciting career transition, Caren Cloud has been appointed as a Fulton County Juvenile Court Judge. Her move from Georgia Appleseed, where she has been a driving force behind substantial legal and policy advancements, to the bench of the Juvenile Court is a testament to her dedication and impact in the field of juvenile justice and child welfare.

A Legacy of Impact at Georgia Appleseed

Since 2021, Cloud has led as the Legal and Policy Director at Georgia Appleseed, overseeing the organization’s programming across school justice and housing justice initiatives. Her leadership contributed significantly to enhancing school-based behavioral health resources, the establishment of robust training programs for child advocates, and legislative reforms focused on maintaining children’s attendance at school and improving living conditions for underserved populations.

Michael Waller, Executive Director of Georgia Appleseed, expressed his gratitude for Caren’s contributions, stating,” Caren will be sorely missed. She’s a remarkable and inspiring leader. Her work at Georgia Appleseed increased education and housing rights for Georgia’s most vulnerable children–and laid a strong foundation for our future efforts. We are very proud of her appointment to the Juvenile Court.”

A Career Rooted in Advocacy and Education

 Cloud’s professional journey is deeply rooted in advocacy and education, shaped by her experiences as a third-generation Atlantan and alumna of the Atlanta Public Schools. Her career spanning over two decades has been dedicated to juvenile justice and child welfare, including significant roles within the Fulton County Juvenile Court as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer and Court Program Administrator. Her expertise also extends to academia, having served as an adjunct professor of Juvenile Law at Georgia State University’s College of Law.

Looking Forward: Commitment to Advocacy from the Bench

Reflecting on her time at Georgia Appleseed, Caren Cloud shared, “It has been an honor to contribute to such impactful work alongside dedicated colleagues and community partners. As I step into my new role, I carry with me the lessons and experiences from Georgia Appleseed, committed to advocating for our youth and families from the bench.”

Cloud’s appointment to the Fulton County Juvenile Court Judge position is not just a personal achievement but an exciting moment for the juvenile justice system in Georgia. Her extensive experience and deep commitment to justice and equity positions her as a transformative figure poised to make a lasting impact from the bench.

Georgia Appleseed looks forward to the continued advancements in justice and equity for all of Georgia’s children, inspired by Cloud’s legacy and the strong foundation she has helped build. The communities she has served, and will continue to serve, are undoubtedly better for her contributions and leadership.