Georgia law conceals information on child deaths | www.myajc.com

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Georgia law conceals information on child deaths | www.myajc.com

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Georgia lawmakers said they were shining more light on the state’s care of abused and neglected children.

What they really did was just the opposite.

With near-unanimous votes, lawmakers in 2009 restored a cloak of secrecy that limits public scrutiny of the state’s child-welfare system. Many lawmakers apparently didn’t realize they had undermined two decades of transparency about the deaths of children in state care, and even the legislation’s sponsor now says it was a bad idea.

The change attracted little notice at the time. But it recently came into focus with news that 152 children died last year despite supervision by Georgia’s child protection agency. The deaths appear to have dramatically increased since 2011, although state officials say they cannot be certain that year’s count of 92 was correct.

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