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Oct. 27, 3:00 PM
National Coalition Calls For Expert Evaluation of Fayette DFCS

Fayette County NAACP Forum Promotes Dialog on Urgent Situation
Richard Wexler, Executive Director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform (NCCPR) will speak at a forum convened by the Fayette County NAACP to discuss problems within the child welfare system. A recent national study has shown the Fayette County office of the Division of Child and Family Services (DFCS) may be the one of the weakest links in an already depleted state system.
The NCCPR’s April report also called for the replacement of Georgia’s then-Child Advocate, Dee Simms. Governor Sonny Perdue since has replaced Simms.
The study points to the need for an independent national expert to do a “top to bottom” evaluation of the Fayette County office of DFCS. Wexler believes that if such an evaluation finds serious problems that the current leadership can’t correct, then DHR’s central office should take over Fayette County DFCS and run it directly on an interim basis.
Wexler claims, “Fayette County may be the child removal capital of America.” He emphasizes the dangers of excessive removal of children by citing a recent study of foster care “alumni” which found they had twice the rate of post-traumatic stress disorder of Gulf War veterans and only 20 percent could be said to be “doing well.”
The more a foster care system is overwhelmed with children who don’t need to be there, the less safe it becomes, as agencies are tempted to overcrowd foster homes and lower standards for foster parents.
Wexler will be presenting with Robert Ennis, Jr., founder and president of the Ennis Center for Children, Inc. in Michigan, a comprehensive children’s services agency.
The forum will be held on Saturday, October 27 at the Fayette County Library in Fayetteville from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
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