Assessing the Context of Permanency and Reunification in the Foster Care System: Mothers Making a Change Program . Endnotes


1.  The program was visited in November 2000.

2.  Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Family and Children Services, Evaluation and Reporting Section, as cited from 1998 U.S. Census Bureau population projects.

3.  Our county-level phone and personal interview discussions took place with DFCS officials from Cobb County, therefore the county-level background information in this report will focus on Cobb County although much of the information is likely relevant to Douglas County as well.

4.  As of April 2001, relatives willing to assume permanent custody until the child's 18th birthday could receive a relative subsidy. The subsidy is $10 per day and is paid for using TANF funds. Children in this arrangement will have their plans reviewed by the counties each year, and the court will review the custody status every 3 years.

5.  First Placement, Best Placement began as an initiative in 7 demonstrations sites across the state (including Cobb County). As of February 2000, the initiative is statewide.

6.  Cobb County Department of Family and Children Services. Philosophy and Values. Retrieved January 10, 2000, from the World Wide Web:

7.  The state requires visitation twice a month between parent and child. One judge we spoke to felt this was insufficient to foster reunification.

8.  Interviews were conducted with the following MMAC staff: Director of Women's Services, Program Coordinator, Site Supervisor for Residential Programs, Coordinator for the Education Program, a case manager, and Coordinator of Nursing Services.

9.  Clients served past the ASFA timelines are exceptions granted by the court. If the client and child are placed together in a residential program they are considered reunified by the county.

10.  Presently, MMAC is not tracking recidivism rates of children that leave their program; however it is beginning to do 6 month follow-up tracking on families that exit the program. Currently, DFCS reports the recidivism rate to be 10-15 percent for children in the program.

11.  Atlanta Journal/Atlanta Constitution. "Forsaking Drugs, Embracing Life." Jan. 30, 1997, p. C8.