Daily Update February 4, 2016 - NEWS & UPDATES - Changes for child abuse cases|  Data Breach l Prioritized Placements

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HB 887, by Rep. Chuck Efstration (R-Dacula), amends O.C.G.A. § 15-11-135, to require the Department of Family and Children Services, when placing a child in a foster care home, to place such child with a relative who is an adult or fictive kin. The relative must be willing and found by the court to be qualified to care for the child. It also specifies, in O.C.G.A. § 15-11-146, that DFCS shall prioritize the temporary placement of a child with such relative, so long as the relative meets DFCS requirements. Finally, O.C.G.A. § 15-11-321 is amended to require the court to initially attempt to place a child with a relative who is an adult or fictive kin.

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