Cherokee County is lucky to have two juvenile judges who “get it.” An ounce of prevention, the saying goes, and in my experience Judge Sumner and Judge Baker do what they can to conform to that ideology. I am lucky enough to serve as a Guardian Ad Litem and I can tell you from personal experience that if you catch problems early, the child can be saved…saved from horrible jail conditions, saved from hopelessness, saved from the horrible peer pressures of gangs and meth, the two most destructive forces I’ve seen in this county. Indeed, one of my clients who was struggling with meth killed himself after I got him released from jail. I don’t go a day without thinking about it, re-living the nightmare. What if? I wish Sumner and Baker were in his life before he became an adult, maybe something could have been done…but the point is this: all is not lost with these two in charge. And parents who give up on their own kids because they fell, the parents that want the Judges to raise their kids…as disturbing as that is, your child will be in good hands until you get better. Get better.