Judge Maureen was appointed as Rockdale County’s Juvenile Court Judge in 2016 and re-appointed in 2020. Judge Wood received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. Upon completion of her undergraduate studies, she received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Law. Judge Wood is a Child Welfare Law Specialist certified through the National Association of Counsel for Children.
Since taking the bench in 2016, Judge Wood has expanded the Rockdale County Juvenile Court program offerings by implementing two additional Accountability Courts (Family Treatment Court and Mental Health Court), re-vamping the Court’s CHINS protocol and starting Project GLOW girls group. Additionally, the Youth IMPACT Center (formally known as the Evening Reporting Center) houses a day program that provides daily supervision and instruction to suspended and expelled youth and an evening program that provides supervision and tutoring. The evening program also delivers a host of evidence-based programs including but not limited to: RESHAPE, ART and MRT.
Judge Wood holds memberships with the National Council of Family and Juvenile Court Judges, the National Association of Counsel for Children, Georgia Association of Counsel for Children, the American Bar Association National Conference of Specialized Court Judges Judicial Division and the Child Welfare Law section of the State Bar of Georgia. Judge Wood currently serves or has served on the Administrative Office of Courts Access to Justice Committee, National Council of Family and Juvenile Court Judges Diversity Committee, Council of Accountability Court Judges Funding Committee, Council of Juvenile Court Judges District 4 Representative, Accountability Courts Committee, CHINS Committee, Delinquency Committee and Ed-Certification Committee. During her tenure, Judge Wood has presented at the Georgia Child Welfare Summit, Georgia CASA Conference, Georgia Clerk’s Conference and the Georgia Juvenile Court Judge’s Conference.
Judge Wood is committed to ensuring that the court-involved youth of Rockdale County receive supervision, instruction and therapy that responds to their individual and familial needs. The Court targets its resources for more effective interventions and expedited resolution of court involvement which will ultimately produce the best results for the youth in our community.