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The director of Georgia's state agency for child welfare services said changes to a bill approved by a Senate panel Thursday evening could put millions of dollars in federal funding at risk.  

Republican senators approved a change to a 100-page bill intended to modernize the state’s adoption laws. The change would allow private foster and adoption agencies to refuse services based on their “mission as evidence by its written policy, statement or other document.”  

Georgia State Capitol gold dome.
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Private adoption agencies that receive state funding could refuse to provide services based on religious faith and other priorities under a last-minute change swiftly approved Thursday evening by Republicans in a Georgia Senate committee.

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Georgia's Division of Family and Children Services, or DFCS, is on a mission to recruit parents to adopt children, who have been separated from their birth parents. 

Dianne Kelly, foster care service director for DFCS, discussed on “A Closer Look,” the various circumstances that causes children to enter into foster care.