Ga. Child Welfare Group Recommends Improvements

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ATLANTA (AP) -- A group reviewing Georgia's child welfare system says officials should improve internal communications at the Division of Family and Children Services and bolster the agency's relationship with law enforcement.

Gov. Nathan Deal on Friday announced recommendations that were presented to him by the Child Welfare Reform Council, which was assembled in 2014 following several deaths of children whose families were involved with social service agencies. Earlier this week, division Director Bobby Cagle announced several changes in the agency's leadership.

Deal says the committee also recommended advisory boards to streamline communication and service delivery to DFCS clients. The committee also recommended finding ways to help Georgia agencies share data and custodial records to improve caseworker effectiveness.

Deal says he'll review the recommendations and pursue them with "legislative, budgetary and executive action."

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