The agency overseeing child protection will now be headed by the state official credited it with making Georgia’s Pre-K program nationally-known. Gov. Nathan Deal announced Thursday Bobby Cagle will take over State Division of Family and Children Services, or DFCS. Cagle is currently head of the Department of Early Care and Learning, which includes the Pre-K program. The change at DFCS is part of reforms in response to the deaths of two children under the agency’s care. Brian Robinson, Deal’s spokesman, says there’s still much work to be done at the agency.
The State Division of Family and Children Services, or DFCS, is currently hiring an additional 175 case workers to help relieve an overburdened system. Two Georgia children died last year, leading to calls for changes in the child protection system. DFCS Spokeswoman Ravae Graham admits that some workers in metro Atlanta have been dealing with as many as 100 cases. “Those caseloads that were mostly a combination of investigations, family support or family preservation cases. It’s important to note that not all open cases may be active,” said Graham. “However, these may be cases that require final documentation prior to closure.”