Georgia Division of Family and Children Services


Leading Child Welfare Systems Past the Worst Tragedies

How do you build and maintain an effective child protection system when faced with the challenge of a high-profile child death? While leaders often react by making immediate changes and promising reform, a calm, measured approach is much more effective.


Hearings: In One Georgia County, the Indifference to Foster Parents Stings

When children are unable to remain safely at home with their parents or guardians, a state’s child welfare agency must step in and place the children in a home where they can be protected from abuse and/or neglect.


Georgia Eyes 2020 for Family First Act

In a key budget hearing Monday, Georgia’s child welfare agency described its plans to increase foster care payments and first steps toward implementing a recently passed federal law that will impact child welfare systems across the country.


Short-Changed Relative Caregivers Find Champion in Georgia Lawmaker

Georgia State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D) plans to push for increased payments to relatives who care for foster children during a budget hearing Monday. Oliver will ask her colleagues on the House appropriations subcommittee for human services to commit roughly $2.68 million annually for unlicensed relative caregivers who receive significantly less from the state than licensed foster parents.


With Foster Care Numbers at a 15-Year High, Georgia Looks to Relatives

Tom Rawlings (center), director of Georgia’s Division of Family and Children Services. The agency has a goal of soon placing half of foster youth with relatives. Photo courtesy of DFCS.
When Tom Rawlings took over as director of Georgia’s Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) in July, he knew the agency was experiencing turbulence.


Virginia Pryor, Acting Head of Georgia Child Welfare, Joining Her Old Boss in Los Angeles

Eight months after Bobby Cagle left Georgia to head the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, his former right hand is L.A.-bound to work on child welfare issues with him again.