(WXIA) -- As the community's heart aches for the children that have died recently, even after DFCS involvement, 11Alive wanted to give viewers a voice.
We took the petitions signed on Tuesday to Georgia's Division of Family and Children Services,the county office involved in the most recent death and even the Governor.
WATCH AS WE TRY AND HOLD DFCS ACCOUNTABLE:
* DFCS responds to calls for change after deaths of children
*4 Children died while being monitored by DFCS
Evidence shows 12-year-oldEric Forbeshad been physically abused for months before he was allegedly murdered by his father Oct. 11.
It happened again Nov. 2. The burned, malnourished body of 10-year-old Emani Moss was found stuffed in a trash can. Her father and stepmother are charged with murder.
In both cases, concerned family members and teachers raised red flags of abuse. In both cases, DFCS investigated and returned the children to their fathers' homes.
The question is what does DFCS need to better protect children? Is it money, staff or more accountability?
In Gwinnett, we were referred to the state media spokesperson. At her office, we were stopped by security and told no one would come to get our petitions nor could we even leave them for someone to review later.
Even the Governor declined to talk with us on Tuesday.
Several hours later, 11Alive received the following statement from Keith Horton, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Human Services:
The loss of any child's life is painful, but the details surrounding the deaths of both 12-year-old Eric Forbes and 10-year-old Emani Moss paint a picture more tragic than many in this agency's history. <\p>
Our hearts go out to those we know whose grief is inconsolable. The Department of Human Services Division of Family and Children Services and the Department of Human Services Office of Inspector General will continue to investigate the agency's involvement in the lives of these two children, and DFCS' actions after every report of abuse will be under the toughest scrutiny.
As we review actions in those specific cases, we are constantly working to improve how we ascertain our goals of protecting Georgia's children.
These efforts include reaching out to experts from across the country and our partners in protecting Georgia's children in the judicial and law enforcement arena.
We are already moving forward with plans to tailor training for our case workers based on data that would predict trends in our practice, and we will soon implement internal "safety roundtables," which will serve to review cases at the state level before workers can screen them out or close an investigation.
Protecting Georgia's children is our driving purpose and as we complete the review of these two cases, we will keep Georgians informed about how we implement policies to prevent these tragedies in the future.
Join us in calling for more accountability from the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services.
Sign the petition below to hold DFCS accountable: