Ga. child advocate quits, replacement sought

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 12:51 PM
Last updated 7:00 PM
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ATLANTA — State officials are searching for a replacement after the resignation of Georgia’s child advocate, Tonya Boga.

Brian Robinson, a spokesman for Gov. Nathan Deal, says a panel of seven people has already been put together to handle the search for her replacement.

Robinson says the group has met once by conference call this week and plans another meeting later this month. Robinson says he expects a replacement to be named sometime in January.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Boga’s departure comes amid scrutiny of the state’s role in failing to prevent the recent deaths of two children despite warnings that they were at risk. The newspaper first reported her resignation.

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Sweet son
Sweet son 12/04/13 - 02:06 pm
DFCS should be turned upside down for being involved in

these deaths and other mismanagement of children in need. They are basically worthless!!!

I don't know how Ms. Boga fits in with DFCS but I'm sure from this article she was in bed with them.

DFCS is just like the Dept. of Juvenile Justice in it's need for overhaul and some behinds to go out of the door!

Fiat_Lux 12/04/13 - 05:03 pm
Having actually worked at DFCS,

you should know that there is no way that Boga had anything to do with the oversight that resulted in the deaths of those children. Mismanagement comes not from lack of good management of DFCS, although there certainly are county agencies around the state that fall short of that.

The overwhelming problem is huge caseloads for DFCS caseworkers. It was nigh on impossible to cover everything back when the economy was good and growing and before crack made abuse and neglect jump exponentially. I can't even imagine what it must be like for caseworkers now. I know I'd never do it again. The risk of being sued or thrown in jail for missing something despite doing everything humanly possible on the part of one caseworker makes it an ludicrous career path.

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