Judge orders permanent homes for 500 children

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ATLANTA - State child welfare officials have to do a better job of finding permanent homes for 500 children who have been in foster care for three years or more.

U.S. District Judge Marvin Shoob issued an order Monday as part of the settlement of a lawsuit to reform foster care systems in Fulton and DeKalb counties.

Children's Rights Inc., a nonprofit group that filed the suit, recently accused the state Division of Family and Children Services of contempt of court for not finding homes for the children. Some are older teens or have emotional problems and are more difficult to place.

DFCS has to establish a special unit to coordinate efforts for intensive individual reviews and strategies to find the children permanent homes.

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pofwe 12/15/08 - 06:57 pm
Division of Family and

Division of Family and Children Services, they won't do anything until they are made to. Then they foul it up.

workingmom 12/15/08 - 09:27 pm
It takes a special person to

It takes a special person to adopt an older child, especially those who need it the most and have emotional problems. I hope they all find loving homes.

Madison08 12/15/08 - 10:49 pm
There are over 400 kids in

There are over 400 kids in foster care in Richmond County alone. I've witnessed first hand the blatant disregard for permanency in these children's lives. I know of one specific case where the two year old has been in foster care of two years. The case worker will often not return the foster parents call. Shame on the director of DFCS, Mr. Chambers for allowing this child to grow up in foster care. Also, shame on the people who conduct panel reviews for not doing there jobs by making sure that DFCS is following through with their/court recommendations.

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