On Thursday, May 27, Governor Sonny Perdue signed Representative Katie Dempsey’s House Bill 1085 into law.  Dempsey represents Floyd County in the legislature.

This new law improves Georgia’s foster care system by easing transitions for children in foster care.

“I am so pleased that the Governor signed this important piece of legislation into law today that supports foster children throughout our state,” said Rep. Dempsey. “This law will help children as they enter the foster care system, grow into adulthood within the system, and give them the tools needed to become productive adults as they turn 18 and exit the system.”

HB 1085 requires that siblings taken into foster care be placed together unless such placement is contrary to their best interests.

The bill further requires an attempt to keep children in the school that they are currently enrolled in when placed in foster care.

HB 1085 also requires a transitional living plan personalized for each child within 90 days of their 18th birthday.

Locally in Chattooga County, Commissioner Jason Winters signed a proclamation earlier this month recognizing May as "Foster Parents Month" in Chattooga County.