The S.B. 350 lists adoption, family preservation, independent living, emergency shelter, foster care, case management, and post-placement supervision as some of the services that would be privatized.
This legislative action on child welfare follows a series of high-profile stories publicized in recent months about child mistreatment and deaths under the Georgia Division of Family and Children's Services' (DFCS) watch.
According to a report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC), 55 Georgia children reported to DFCS died in the first quarter of 2013.
The bill passed 31-18 after a two-hour debate.