ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Family and Children Services has agreed to end the use of hotels as placements for children in foster care in Fulton and DeKalb counties by the end of June 2017.
“Director Bobby Cagle and his team are dedicated to building a model child welfare system,” said Christina Remlin, senior staff attorney for Children’s Rights. “Although challenges remain, their dedication has brought about some substantial improvements in the system. With this leadership team, adequate resources, and an agreed roadmap to reform, we expect to see continued progress.”
In a federal class-action lawsuit, Kenny A v. Perdue, filed in 2002 on behalf of all children in foster care in Atlanta, a settlement was reached with state officials which would require the state to make specific reforms to the foster care systems in metro Atlanta, and to achieve specific benchmarks for progress.
The parties involved in the Kenny A. consent decree are aligning Director Cagle’s Blueprint for Change—a strategic plan designed to improve outcomes for children and families—with outcome measures in the Kenny A. action. Remlin applauded the effort to align the broader state initiatives and the governing consent decree. “We are working closely with Director Cagle and his team to streamline obligations and ensure that requirements are in keeping with current practices. By doing so, Georgia DFCS leadership can focus on the problematic areas that are impacting kids and move the reform effort forward.”
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