Georgia is Sued Over Alleged Failure to Protect Some Undocumented Youth
In Georgia, child advocates are suing the state’s child welfare agency in federal court because it refuses to pay for the specialized legal services that some undocumented youth and young adults would need to fully protect their foster care benefits.
Mental Health Needs to be Treated as a Priority in Foster Care
Trauma and mental illness seem to go hand in hand with foster care, writes Michael Fulcher.
Federal Judge Decides Georgia Students in Adult Jails Entitled to Education
A Georgia circuit judge ruled that federal law entitles students with disabilities to education services when in adult jails.
Georgia Child Welfare Director Quits After ‘Offensive’ Confrontation with Officer
The director of Georgia’s family and children’s services resigned after he demeaned a Black sheriff’s deputy on state property.
Georgia Swears in New Child Advocate
Georgia has a new leader to advocate for the rights of children and youth in the child welfare system and the services they are entitled to.
Six New Laws Add to Georgia’s Efforts to Boost Adoption
Six new bills signed into law in Georgia this week are intended to accelerate the state’s ongoing efforts to make adoption easier.
Federal Settlement Protects Disabled Young Detainees’ Right to Special Education Services
For more than a decade, hundreds of disabled students locked up in a large Georgia jail have not been getting the special education services they’re entitled to under federal law, but that may soon start to change.
What Do Schools Report to CPS? One State’s Experience
The vast majority of reports of child abuse and neglect emanate from adults outside a child’s family or neighborhood. Most calls come from so-called “mandated reporters,” who are required to disclose any concerns about child safety with protection officials.
Georgia Dissolves Child Abuse and Neglect Registry
Georgia will no longer maintain its child abuse registry, which launched four years ago to help investigators quickly identify and locate substantiated cases and keep tabs on the scale of the problem.
Virginia Pryor Joins Team Cagle Again, This Time at Los Angeles Department of Children and Families
Virginia Pryor, the chief of staff to Bobby Cagle when he served as Georgia’s child welfare director has been hired in the same capacity for his team at the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).