1. LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

    Looks like someone in the Deal family, or a close friend, will be getting a job soon in which they are not qualified 🙂

  2. 22bons says:

    DFACS is a completely broken department. Every Governor that examines it says the only way to fix it is to spend more money — and that no more money is available for the fixing. The pay is low (compare the pay for a DFACS case worker with a masters degree to the pay for a similarly credentialed teacher). The work is stressful (the lucky kids are neglected, the unfortunate kids are raped or pimped out). The rules are byzantine and do as much harm as good. The staff is constantly turning over. And no one at DFACS knows much of anything, except the need to CYA.

    Adoption and foster care are pro-life, pro-family, and pro-kid issues, and it’s about time conservatives started paying attention to the train wreck we call DFACS. I don’t know what the answers are, but I do know that ignoring the problem hasn’t made it better and were I a state legislator this is a Department that would have my full attention whether they wanted it or not.

  3. Sparrow says:

    Unclear why yet another DFCS Director is added to the list of “here today and gone tomorrow”. I agree that DFCS is a broken Department – but at the same time know there are many caring, dedicated workers who continue to serve families in need and the public dispite the constantly changing winds of leadership. DFCS started unraveling a decades ago when the practice of political appointments (rather than moving experience into leadership) became the norm. They tried “nationwise searches”, Governor’s friends, and DHR Commissioner friends of friends – all “Fails” in fixing what was broken. The exception was Michael Thurmond who was successful in Welfare Reform. The powers that be need to look within for leadership. Instead of focusing on “who to blame for something”, focus on respect for the workers. Just sayin.

    • 22bons says:

      There are some real heros working at DFACS. The problem isn’t the staff, but the system they must work within.

  4. Sparrow says:

    Agree 22 bons, most workers are committed and there is a continuing need for resources. DFCS needs leaders that “get it”; understanding how things are in local communities and that workers are wanting to do things right. They need a leader they respect and who respects and supports them. ex. At one time there were 2 distinct and opposite messages given to child welfare caseworkers. Protect the child. Preserve the family. There were regulations and strong advocates in both camps. Workers tried to preserve the family, something bad happened, and worker was blamed. Worker removed an abused child to protect, complaints went to legislators or governor and decisions were overruled. Boots on the ground workers need a Director that is their cheerleader while demonstrating positive professional leadership skills. Look within.

  5. bucky says:

    Sparrow, they had that in Rachelle Carnesale. She was local, had lots of experience working with the issues here in Georgia, was transparent, was respected by front line staff, and she was accessible. It’s a shame they didn’t give her more time.

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