Support Legislation for Children in Foster Care in Georgia

Support Legislation for Children in Foster Care in Georgia

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Wes Cook started this petition to Georgia State House and

After 656 days, our foster placement went "home". He had been with us since he was 1 month old. We shed a lot of tears, and went through so many emotions. It's hard because we realize the system itself is an imperfect system.

The way to change the system though is to be in a part of the solution.

That's why I am starting the process of contacting our local representatives to adopt legislation that gives children in foster care, especially infants and toddlers a real chance of permanency. This legislation states:

Any person or agency with a legitimate interest in the welfare of a child, including relatives, foster parents, DFCS or a private child welfare agency, may file a petition for TPR with the juvenile court. According to statute, grounds for TPR include: demonstration that the child has been in out-of-home placement for longer than nine months, or if the child is under three years of age, longer than six months.

Requires DFCS to maintain a goal to place infants in their custody into a prospective permanent placement within one year of filing a dependency petition.

Establishes that a child under the age of three who has lived with a foster parent or kinship caregiver for at least nine months is presumed to have a significant relationship with the foster parent or kinship caregiver.

Similar laws have been adopted by other states all around our country.

Every child in our state deserves permanency. No child should have to languish in the system for years waiting on answers. Infants do not deserve to build parental bonds with caregivers to then be ripped away to uncertainty.

This could not help in our case, but this could help so many children in the years to help.

Change starts today.

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