In this Q&A, Children’s Home President and CEO Bob Bruder-Mattson shares his insights on Child Welfare Reform Council recommendations, some of which already are on their way to being implemented through Georgia’s legislature. The Council’s recommendations provide a framework to strengthen and improve Georgia’s child welfare system for children and those that work to protect them. Bruder-Mattson is an appointed member of the Child Welfare Reform Council.
Action Alert: We need your support today!
Increased demands are placed on Georgia’s private providers to serve more children – Georgia has seen a 25 percent increase in foster care youth in one year – but at rates provided by the state that do not cover costs of care. In the last ten years, providers have only received a single three-percent rate increase, yet inflation has increased consumer prices by 25.3 percent during that same time frame.
Please contact legislators in the House Appropriation Committee today (emails at bottom) to encourage them to support a three percent increase for out-of-home-care providers. Time is of the essence, because the Georgia House version of FY 2016 budget could pass as early as Feb. 26.
You can make a difference in the lives of a child and their family. Please join our team of volunteers for Kids Club at The United Methodist Children’s Home, where we are building a community and growing in faith!
With your support, The Children’s Home impacted many lives in 2014. Whether you are a volunteer, donor, foster parent, or simply helped spread the word of our work, we are grateful! With your continued help, we can help even more children and families in need. You can help us bring them hope for a better future.
Denise Peacock, foster care recruiter for The Children’s Home, discussed Georgia’s foster care crisis and the Home’s efforts on Jan. 22 on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s radio show “On Second Thought.” She was joined by Children’s Home foster parent Alison Hope.