Atlanta Journal–Constitution (AJC) Articles – On Sunday and Monday of this week, Allan Judd of the Atlanta Journal–Constitution wrote two articles, “LAX REGULATION, NUMEROUS ABUSES FOUND IN INVESTIGATION OF FOSTER CARE SYSTEM,” and “RIOT AT DOWNING CLARK MIRRORS FOSTER CARE MORASS”. In more than 1500 state inspections and investigations that range in scope and severity, the AJC spotlighted the most serious violations. From these reports, generalizations and assumptions were made to insinuate that foster care and group home agencies are operating with little oversight and are violating rules with little or no consequences. The reporter chose to pick his facts to support a view that showed a lack of understanding about residential child care when in fact, the vast majority of agencies provide excellent care and go the extra mile providing services that are well above base level compliance.
Budget Report – Today, the House and Senate Conference Committee on the Budget agreed on HB947, better known as the Amended 2010 Budget Bill. The following Departments can be found on the following pages of the linked Budget Conference Report part 1 of 3 part 2 of 3 and part 3 of 3.
Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities – p. 7
Department of Community Health – p. 11
Department of Education – p.19
Department of Children and Families – p. 23
Department of Human Services – p. 24