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Governor Nathan Deal’s new appointments to state agencies that focus on children bring some  young but proven leaders to kids’ issues.  We are excited by the prospects of these very able and dedicated public servants joining current agency directors in working together and setting goals for children.  

All have histories of cooperation and collaboration with child advocates and community service providers.  We welcome them and offer our support to improve child well being and raise our national rankings from the 40s to respectable levels.  Thank you, Governor Deal, and welcome to: 

  •  Amy Howell, former deputy in DJJ who got her start at the Barton Child Law and Policy Center at Emory Law School, will be the new commissioner of DJJ. 
  • Rachelle Carnesale, former deputy of the Office of the Child Advocate, will lead the Department of Family and Chidren’s Services.
  • Bobby Cagle, former DFCS legislative director, will lead the department of Early Care and Learning.

Pat Willis, Executive Director

Voices for Georgia’s Children

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DFCS may be endangering the safety and well-being of thousands of vulnerable children by diverting them from the custody of the state child welfare system and failing to provide the services and protections necessary to keep them safe

See press release at Georgia Child Welfare Practices May Risk Kids’ Lives, Children’s Rights Advocates Charge in Federal Court.

Children’s Rights, Inc. a national advocacy group working to reform child welfare systems, largely through major class action lawsuits, filed a motion in federal court earlier this week in an effort to force the State to turn over documents related to diversion, safety resources and temporary guardianships of children in Fulton and DeKalb counties.

Based largely on reports by the Office of the Child Advocate, Children’s Rights states a concern that DFCS is misusing both diversions and safety resources to artificially suppress the number of investigations and the number of kids in foster care and that the result is leaving abused and neglected children in danger and denying  them basic legal protections.

The motion was filed as a part of the class action lawsuit known as Kenny A. v. Perdue that was first filed against the state in 2002. It will now be up to the federal court judge to decide if DFCS must turn over the requested documents.

Beth
Policy Director
Voices for Georgia’s Children
www.georgiavoices.org

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