Changes to Foster Care Program

By: Ivette Marques
By: Ivette Marques

The Thomas County Department of Children and Family Services has more than 90 children in need of foster homes. Now the state of Georgia is looking into making changes to the foster care recruitment program.

Children who are in danger are taken into custody by the Department of Children and Family Services. DFCS is in charge of finding foster homes for these children.

Andre Marria says, "It's important that when a child is removed from home they go to a place that's safe."

The state of Georgia is now exploring taking the job of foster parent recruitment away from the Department of Children and Family Services and into the private sector.

Susan Stockstill a foster/adoptive parent, says, "Maybe it would work better that these people would stay on their jobs longer, wouldn't be so stressful. You just have to know each case individually. You have to know the kids, the birth families, and know the foster families. You've got this huge turnover."

Officials with the Georgia Department of Human Resources say privatizing foster care would allow the state to focus on children.

The state's hope is the Foster Family Foundation of Georgia would recruit more foster families and reduce overcrowding in foster homes.

It will take about a year for the Foster Family Foundation of Georgia to get the program fully up and running.

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