A group of state lawmakers is looking at changes to Georgia's foster care system, including public-private partnerships.
The Foster Care Initiative Working Group was appointed by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle last month, before the death of 10-year-old Emani Moss.
But Chairman Fran Millar tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish it was a good time to take a look at the system.
“I think ultimately what comes out of this, I hope, is we improve the outcome for children in foster care,” he says.
The group of lawmakers is talking with organizations like FaithBridge Foster Care which works with local churches to create independent foster care ministries.
“The local community along with churches need to step up and partner with the government to help out because the state government was never meant to be a parent to a child,” says Chairman Richard Jackson.
Millar says the group will also look at other systems around the country.
“We’ll look at some things that are being done in other states, specifically Florida, which has got public-private partnerships,” he says. “That role of non-profits versus just government doing everything and see if maybe we want to adopt something like this down the road.”
Millar says he’s not sure, however, if legislation will be ready in time for the upcoming legislation session.