Data sharing to benefit Georgia’s deprived children

Judges in child deprivation cases now have a more complete picture of foster children who come before them thanks to the Georgia Department of Education (DOE).   The DOE became the third state agency to contribute to the Court Process Reporting System (CPRS). 
 
CPRS is shared database between the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) and the judicial branch for child deprivation cases.  

Every evening, CPRS pulls information from the SHINES, the DFCS database, for use by the judicial side of the child welfare system.  The primary users of CPRS are juvenile court judges and their delegates, such as court appointed child advocates, citizen panel reviewers, and attorneys.   Sixteen juvenile court clerks are participating in a pilot project to upload child deprivation orders into SHINES.
 
In December 2012, foster children in CPRS were matched to the children in the DOE’s database.  With the permission of DFCS, the legal custodian of children in foster care, the education agency transferred educational information to CPRS.  Now a wealth of detailed educational information is available including the child’s current grades, absentee records, testing scores, and reading scores. 
 
Michelle Barclay, Child Placement Project says of the DOE information, “Knowing the child’s education history will help the legal side of the child welfare system do more to make sure that children in foster care have their educational needs met.

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