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DFCS staffing shortage leading to startling statistics

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New statistics in a report reveal shortages and a strain on metro Atlanta's child welfare system.

The report cites the current state of the Georgia Division of Family and Child Services in Fulton and DeKalb counties, including a significant decline in the number of case managers to monitor the safety and well-being of children served by the organization.

A spokesperson with the organization says new statistics will be released Thursday morning and the numbers are troubling.

The shortage of appropriate foster homes is rising, leading to youth aged 12 and older being placed in some form of group care more than 50 percent of the time.

One reason why one group thinks there's a staffing shortage, the starting salary for a child welfare case manager is around $28,000 annually. That's something Governor Nathan Deal says he's working to change.

To help increase staffing and retention, Governor Deal's fiscal year 2018 budget invested more than $96 million in additional funds for DFCS to increase pay for caseworkers and supervisors.

The report comes out about a month after police arrested a DeKalb County man who drowned his 10 year-old adopted son in a bathtub.

Leon Williams, 43, was heard by a witness telling the boy "you are going to die tonight". Williams faces murder and child cruelty charges.

CBS46 is scheduled to meet with representatives of the group at 11 a.m.

We'll have much more information in later newscasts.

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