The idea of privatizing foster care was batted about during the last session, but ultimately lawmakers passed on that endeavor.
Gov. Nathan Deal instead formed a Child Welfare Reform Council to create recommendations — both legislative and policy decisions — on better practices for foster care.
As detailed in The Times’ “Broken Bonds” series, the foster care system in Georgia faces myriad challenges and is in a period of change.
Possible items that could be addressed this year include a more direct relationship between the governor’s office and the Division of Family and Children Services or a possible advisory board within DFCS, according to state Rep. Wendell Willard, R-Sandy Springs, who is a member of the governor’s council.
Willard added that members of the council were open to the idea of more public-private partnerships between DFCS and other child welfare agencies.
Deal announced some of these potential policy changes Friday at the Capitol.
Other topics coming up in the 2015 legislature