Welfare Watch February 23, 2015 - Budget requests to strengthen response to child abuse and neglect

DFCS Commissioner Bobby Cagle states  in his letter to partners  that the Governor's budget request, if approved by the General Assembly "promises to strengthen DFCS's response to child abuse and neglect in Georgia and to provide much-needed support to families who have stepped up to the plate for kids in foster care." 

Lawmakers last Thursday approved the mid-year budget for FY15. http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/blog/capitol_vision/2015/02/lawmakers-send-mid-year-budget-to-gov-deal.htm

The House Appropriations Human Resources Subcommittee held hearings last week to consider requests for the FY 16 Budget. Included in the hearing were several requests on behalf of private providers all of whom also endorsed DFCS enhancements.

Governor Deal's FY 16 Budget proposal includes the following request for DFCS:

  •  $7.5 million in funding for an additional 175 case managers and supervisors.
  •  $5 million add to improve compensation and career path enhancements for child welfare staff.
  •  $620,000 in additional funding for child welfare safety training.
  •  $220,000 pilot mentoring program that will pair young supervisors with child welfare experts.
  •  $5.8 million in state funds for the recruitment and training of foster parents

DFCS  FY15 and FY 16 Budget Highlights

House Appropriations subcommittees will meet Tuesday, February 24 to develop FY 16 proposals.










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