“With this council now in place, it is our hope to uncover new approaches that will strengthen our child welfare system and ensure that Georgia’s children are given the best shot at a good life,” Deal said. “These appointees have dedicated themselves to improving the lives of children, and I feel confident that together they will produce meaningful and thoughtful reform recommendations.”
The council will convene throughout the remainder of this year to complete a comprehensive review of the Division of Family and Children Services and advise the governor on possible executive agency reforms and legislative fixes if necessary. Stephanie Blank will chair the council and will work in conjunction with the governor’s office and the Department of Human Services.
Local council members are:
-Ashley Willcott, executive director of the Office of the Child Advocate
-Melissa Carter, director of the Barton Child Law and Policy Center
-Donna Hyland, president/CEO of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
-District 40 State Sen. Fran Millar, R-Dunwoody.