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Emani Moss, Eric Forbes, Markea Berry, Jadien Harvey: four children in a system that failed them, and others.
The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services system is broken.
Time and time again, children are reported in danger and the system can't help.
In every newscast we promise to expose problems in DFCS and search for solutions for the state agency to set up to keep children safe.
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11Alive Special Continuing Coverage

Fixing DFCS Checklist

2:17 PM, Dec 20, 2013

The status of the state's promises to improve Georgia's Division of Family and Children Services.

Watch 11Alive Dateline Special: Failed to Death

10:14 AM, Nov 17, 2013

The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services system is broken.  Time and time again, children are reported in danger and the system can't help.

Feds demand DFCS fix food stamp backlog within two months

11:52 PM, Mar 7, 2014

The federal government is looking into the Department of Family and Children's Services' food stamp program. They are demanding that DFCS fix the ongoing problems, or they said they will fix it for them.

House begins debate on privatizing foster care

8:51 PM, Mar 5, 2014

Opponents say half of the children in foster care, are already served through some type of private organization, partnering with DFCS rather than calling the shots.  They believe change is needed, but S350 is not the answer.

Georgia ranks 6th in child abuse deaths

2:48 AM, Mar 5, 2014

A report given to Congress by the Georgia Department of Health and Human Services says Georgia has the sixth worst child fatality rate in the nation.

DFCS already making changes to procedures after new bill

8:21 PM, Mar 3, 2014

While lawmakers work on policy, DFCS is already making changes to procedure.  CONTACT YOUR SENATOR HERE.

VOICE YOUR OPINION: Should DFCS reports be made more public?

8:20 PM, Mar 3, 2014

The House unanimously passed a bill to change the way a child's death is investigated and how much information about their life and DFCS involvement in it, can be released to the public. It is now in the hands of the Senate.  Here's your chance to tell them what you think.

Records show DFCS isn't always transparent

7:38 PM, Feb 28, 2014

11Alive's Rebecca Lindstrom has spent the past four months fighting to learn more about the system that was supposed to protect children who were abused; who died.

DFCS employees concerned about processing of applications

9:05 PM, Feb 18, 2014

Employees with the state Department of Family and Children's Services have asked 11Alive News to take a closer look at the processing of food stamp applications.

DFCS battles food stamp processing backlog for months without success

2:02 AM, Feb 18, 2014

There are families throughout Georgia that have no idea what they'll eat tomorrow. Not just because they're poor, but because the state program set up to help them isn't working and hasn't for months.

Woman dials government office, gets phone sex hotline

8:08 PM, Feb 7, 2014

A Gwinnett County woman got a big surprise when she called a government-provided number about her child care services and was connected to a phone sex hotline.

Busy legislative agenda this week under the Gold Dome

9:12 PM, Jan 22, 2014

This week, as part of a busy legislative agenda, lawmakers are looking at expanding where guns are allowed, requiring drug testing for food stamp recipients and taking a closer look at how the state's Department of Family and Children Services operates.

Arrested school counselor says she tried to report abuse to DFCS

9:30 PM, Jan 14, 2014

School counselor and Riverdale City Council member Cynthia Stamps-Jones claims she was wrongly arrested for not reporting abused 5-year-old student to DFCS within 24 hours.

Georgia General Assembly 2014 session begins

9:29 PM, Jan 13, 2014

The Georgia legislature convenes Monday to take up some of the most troubling issues affecting the most vulnerable among us.

One option to solving foster care issues: Privatization

10:27 PM, Jan 10, 2014

Georgia state House Speaker David Ralston says he is open to privatizing the state Department of Family and Children Services.

Families still losing benefits as DFCS fixes phone line

1:00 AM, Jan 3, 2014

The emails and phone calls keep coming. From all over metro Atlanta, the frustration is the same.

DFCS slow to fix phone line leaving families without food

8:23 PM, Dec 19, 2013

This holiday season many families will struggle to put food on the table, even though they've been promised the money to buy it.

DFCS fires workers after Emani Moss' death

8:12 PM, Dec 11, 2013

According to documents obtained by 11Alive, three employees were terminated following the death of 10-year-old Emani Moss.

2 Muscogee DFCS employees back on the job

8:47 PM, Dec 6, 2013

Two DFCS employees accused of hiding reports of child abuse because they failed to investigate are back on the job.

State Rep: reorganize or eliminate Office of the Child Advocate

11:50 AM, Dec 6, 2013

One state lawmaker is drafting a bill that she believes would help strengthen the child protection system in Georgia. The bill is one of many expected in the wake of Emani Moss and Eric Forbes.

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