New Georgia law creates major reforms for child welfare

May 16, 2015

On May 5, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law the Child Welfare Reform Bill (SB 138). The bill, based off of recommendations from the Child Welfare Reform Council, provides a framework to strengthen and improve Georgia’s child welfare system for children and those that work to protect them.


The appointed council of legislators, advocates, and education officials will continue its work this year to look for additional ways to improve Georgia’s child welfare system.


SB 138 highlights include:

  • Creates a more direct line to the governor for the director of the Division of Family and Children Services
  • Will create district- and state-level advisory boards that will facilitate policy making and delivery of services within DFCS
  • Grants foster parents and other care providers access to appropriate medical and educational information and records to help them better serve in their roles
  • Supports information sharing between agencies to give caseworkers a more complete picture of a child’s or family’s interaction with the state
  • Re-establishes the Child Abuse Registry
  • Will add over 450 caseworkers in two years
  • Provides funding for several recommendations by the Child Welfare Reform Council

“There is perhaps nothing more harmful to a child than an abusive father or a neglectful mother. But if there was, it would be a community that watched in silent disapproval, doing nothing. Georgia is doing something,” said Gov. Deal.


Gov. Deal signing SB 138

Photo credit: Governor Deal’s Facebook page


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