Welfare Watch  November 18, 2016

Child welfare groups underpaid, memo shows

From Georgia Health News

Georgia programs that provide child welfare services for kids who are under state supervision say they’ve been underpaid for years.

A memo from a state official agrees with them.

Cliff O’Connor, chief financial officer for Georgia DFCS, reported in the June memo, obtained by GHN, that those organizations providing child placement services and group settings for foster kids are not getting enough compensation from the state.

The memo, written in June, recommended the state close a 13.07 percent gap for these providers over three years, along with inflation adjustments, which would be 6.46 percent per year.

These agencies and organizations place foster kids in family or group settings, and run group homes of varying sizes for children in state custody. .

O’Connor’s recommendation was not included in DFCS’ formal budget proposal for fiscal 2018. “However, we have shared the recommendation with the governor’s office,’’ says DFCS spokeswoman Susan Boatwright.

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