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DHS says furloughs won't hurt services
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ATLANTA - The head of Georgia's social services department says a 12-day furlough plan won't affect critical services because they will still be available online.

Department of Human Services Commissioner B.J. Walker said child welfare and adult protective services will be available online during the 12 furlough days when the agency will completely shut down over the next year.

Walker said she called for the furloughs to avoid laying off about 500 staffers. She said workers will still be on-call for emergencies during the furlough days, the first of which is scheduled for Sept. 4.

Critics say the furloughs would leave children and needy families at risk.

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