Fri., October 23, 2009 11:47am (EDT)

Georgia Cracks Down on Foster Care Facilities
By Melissa Stiers
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
The Department of Human Services has added staff over the years to monitor foster care facilities.  (Logo courtesy of DHS)
The Department of Human Services has added staff over the years to monitor foster care facilities. (Logo courtesy of DHS)
Georgia is cracking down on private foster care agencies and group homes that don’t meet state standards.

The state has already issued 44 sanctions in the first quarter of this fiscal year, compared to the 69 it issued all last year.

Reprimands range from fines to denying and revoking licenses.

Their numbers have been on the rise over the past few years, says Keith Bostick, the director of Residential Child Care, because more people are out there overseeing foster care operations.

Where once there was only nine state workers, now there’s 20.

“With the increase of staff, we have a greater ability to do more monitoring, surveillance, and education for facilities to be in compliance with regulations, says Bostick.

Bostick says most violations have to do with inadequate watch over the kids in care and problems with the facilities themselves, like lack of heating or air conditioning.

He says of the 2,100 agencies his department oversees most exceed the base level requirements they monitor for.