LOGANVILLE, Ga. — The father of a 7-year-old girl had to scramble after a foster care worker took her — and not another girl with a similar name — from their school in suburban Atlanta.

Sean Harris says he panicked when he went to pick up his daughter from after-school care and discovered she wasn’t there.

Then he went to her school and was told she was released to a state employee. That worker was supposed to retrieve a different girl who has the same last name and a first name that shares all but one letter. The Division of Family and Child Services blames the mixup on Gwinnett County Schools, whose spokeswoman Sloan Roach says the family’s concerns are understandable.

Harris said his daughter is scared to go back to school.

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