For Funding Private Child Service Providers

Statement from the Board, 2/23/2015

Atlanta, GA – Whereas it is fully within our Republican ideals both to support children in need and to encourage private charity, the DeKalb Young Republicans declare full support for Governor Deal and the Child Welfare Reform Council’s recommendations to provide additional funding for the Division of Family and Children Services to help address safety concerns of children and families.

We ask that the private child service providers also be considered as they serve approximately 6,500 children of the total 10,000 children in out-of-home care.

Private organizations providing care to Georgia’s children in DFCS and DJJ custody have only received one rate increase in ten years – many providers are being paid essentially 75 percent of costs to care for these vulnerable children.

We would like to see the legislature support this critical investment in the providers caring for these children by adding an increase of three (3) percent in the rate paid for room, board and watchful oversight (RBWO) – this would equate to approximately $6.9 million.