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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A south Georgia leader is hopeful our region will benefit from the governor's proposal of adding more case worker jobs to the Department of Family and Children's Services.     

State Senator Freddie Powell Sims says many DFACS agencies in southwest Georgia only operate one or two days a week which puts a strain on the system and the families it serves.

Wednesday, Governor Nathan Deal announced a $27 million proposal which  calls for hiring 126 case workers and 27 supervisors each year.

Senator Sims says she hopes our region will reap the benefits.  

 

"When those services are cut in the smaller counties, the families move to the larger cities like an Albany, like a Tifton, and when they come they bring so many of their challenges, their personal challenges. And that adds additional weight on our DFACS. We're very, very hopeful that we're going to get some of those workers."

 

The announcement comes after the murders of two children in metro Atlanta who were in the care of parents who had been investigated by DFACS.

 

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