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DFCS director to host Gainesville town hall meeting tonight
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More than two years since its formation, the Child Welfare Reform Council’s chairwoman Stephanie Blank will join Division of Family and Children Services Director Bobby Cagle for a town hall tonight in Oakwood.

The two will host the 5:30 p.m. event at Lanier Technical College, which will be focused on how DFCS can work in “partnership with community organizations to strengthen families and make children safer,” according to a news release.

The department has worked to fulfill one of the main goals of the council’s recommendations: bringing the caseworker to caseload ratio down to 15 cases per worker.

Cagle said Wednesday that DFCS manages roughly 36,000 cases and has added 450 new child welfare staff between 2014 and 2015.

“I’m estimating that we need about 2,750 (caseworkers) in order to adequately handle the caseloads at the targeted caseload ratio that the governor has espoused,” Cagle said.

Turnover, however, has been as high as 36 percent, though Cagle said it has fluctuated in the past few years.

On Friday, Cagle will meet with members of the faith-based community at the Goodwill Career Center on Mundy Mill Road in Oakwood.

The town hall is expected to last two hours and is open to members of the public.

The event will be in Room 301 of Building 300 at Lanier Technical’s Oakwood campus, 2990 Landrum Education Drive.