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Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., arrives on Capitol Hill Sept. 13 before a hearing of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee. Ossoff is holding a hearing today on Georgia’s foster care system. (AP Photo/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades)
U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff is holding a hearing on Georgia’s foster care system today. This is part of an investigation sparked by, among other things, a report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
In a video previewing the hearing, a woman who lived in Georgia’s foster care system in Chatham County speaks about her alleged abuse. She talks about being sent to a “quiet room” for about five days, which she compares to a solitary cell.
“I sometimes had suicidal thoughts. I cried there almost every night,” said the woman, whose name has not been released. “You have to get it together for the kids.”
The hearing will examine issues with the foster care system both in Georgia and across the country. The investigation was announced in February by Ossoff, a Georgia Democrat and U.S. chairman