Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Politics
  3. Government

Georgia House slows down efforts to privatize child welfare system

See also

The Georgia House Judiciary Committee decided Tuesday to scale down the Senate Bill 350 that would require the state Department of Human Services (DHS) to outsource some of their child welfare services through contracts with private providers.

The new proposal would introduce a two-year pilot program in just a few areas in Georgia, to make sure the transition can be closely monitored and doesn't put more children at risk.

In the first quarter of 2013, 55 children reported to the Georgia Division of Family and Children's Services (DFCS) have died.

The S.B. 350 included adoption, family preservation, independent living, emergency shelter, foster care, case management, and post-placement supervision as some of the services that would be privatized.

The Judiciary Committee Chairman Wendell Willard, R-Sandy Springs, introduced the substitute to S.B. 350.

“I’m concerned if we make a complete change without having an opportunity to do a full evaluation of it, we may be — as I’ve heard from Florida who went through this — creating the same potential problems in our own state,” said Willard.

Advertisement

News

  •  Day 17
    Israel continues their ravaging bombardment on Gaza as the conflict wages on
    Video
    Video
  • MH17 victims arrive home
    40 bodies of the MH17 plane crash return to a somber homecoming in Holland
    Top News
  • Military advisers to Ukraine
    President Obama announces the deployment of military advisers to Ukraine
    Politics
  • Bubonic plague in China
    A bubonic plague outbreak in Yumen prompts China to quarantine the city
    World News
  • Air Algierie disappearance
    A flight headed from Burkina Faso to Algeria disappears from radar over Mali
    Headlines
  • Windows Phone training portal
    Microsoft launches Windows Phone training portal in attempt to woo consumers
    Tech

Related Videos:

  • Ukraine
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518339705" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518339705&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Barack Obama
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517736162" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=517736162&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Hamas
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518326318" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518326318&autoStart=true"></div>