- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 22, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - The Department of Human Services has announced regions where it will test a public-private partnership to run Georgia’s foster care system.

Officials said Tuesday that the program will be tested in two Division of Family and Children Services regions that span 20 counties in central, northeastern and northwestern Georgia.

Gov. Nathan Deal announced the pilot program earlier this month. Officials say DFCS will begin soliciting agencies to manage the recruitment, training and monitoring of foster and group homes, and coordinate child placements, family visits and more to ensure children’s welfare.

The move is part of Deal’s effort to re-evaluate the delivery and oversight of child and family services in the state after the deaths of several children whose families had been involved with Georgia child welfare agencies.