Bipartisan Senate holds hearing on foster care safety in Georgia

WASHINGTON – Senate Human Rights Subcommittee Chairman Jon Ossoff continues his bipartisan investigation into the safety of children in foster care.

On Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. ET, Chairman Ossoff and Ranking Member Blackburn (R-TN) will convene a hearing to seek testimony from former foster children, parents and experts as part of his subcommittee’s ongoing bipartisan investigation into the treatment of foster children in the United States .

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“Foster care is designed to provide refuge for our most vulnerable children,” said Chairman Ossoff. “On Wednesday we will hear first-hand testimony from children and parents who have suffered greatly from system failures, as well as from experts to shed light on needed reforms.”

In February, Chairman Ossoff and Ranking Member Blackburn launched a bipartisan investigation to assess the safety of children in the system following reports that children in the care of Georgia’s Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) were being abused and neglected.

Further information can be found below:


  • Rachel Aldridge, mother from Georgia

  • Mon’a Houston, former foster child

  • Melissa Carter, clinical professor and executive director of the Barton Child Law and Policy Center at Emory University School of Law

  • Emma Hetherington, clinical associate professor and director of the Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Clinic at the University of Georgia School of Law

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