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Lawmakers eye foster care reform

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Critics of Georgia's child welfare agency want to overhaul the Division of Family and Children Services following the recent deaths of 7-year-old Emani Moss and 12-year-old Eric Forbes.

A group of lawmakers, private foster care companies and child advocates met at the State Capitol Tuesday to push a measure to merge child welfare services into a public-private partnership.

Supporters said the proposed partnership would include non-profits, houses of worship, corporations and the state.

Moss and Forbes fueled calls to reform the division of family and children services.

In both cases critics say DFCS should have done more to protect the lives of the children.

"We will see cases like this reduced and see more children brought into care who need services," said Bill Hancock, who heads Faithbridge Foster Services.

Gov. Nathan Deal has called for $27 million to hire hundreds of new caseworkers over the next few years.

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