Family And Children Services

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Gov. Perdue says he will push to add 500 more case workers to the Division of Family and Children Services.

The governor said there is a, "moral obligation" to reduce the caseloads for child welfare workers.

The additional case workers will cost the state $5.4 million.

He made the proposal at the annual Georgia Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Atlanta to 2400 people.

The governor will include the cost in the budget he will propose to the Legislature this session.

The governor also plans to push for more money to hire workers for state crime labs. He proposed $1.4 million to reduce the backlog at labs for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.