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Reporting Child Maltreatment


Mandated Reporting

Under Georgia law, OCGA 19-7-5(c)(1) designates certain professionals as mandated reporters of child abuse or neglect. If you are one of those professionals and have reasonable cause to believe that a child has been abused, you are required by law to immediately make a report to the Georgia Department of Family and Children's Service (DFCS). Mandated reporters are subject to criminal penalty for failing to do so. 

Don't know if you are a mandated reporter? 

Find out here:

Report Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect

For emergent situations, call 911.

Always immediately follow-up (within 24 hours) by filing a report with DFCS.

Follow-up and Non-emergent Reports:

State-Wide Hotline: 1-855-GACHILD or 1-855-422-4453
*Web-Based Reporting: 
*Web-based reporting requires completion of Mandated Reporter Training

Questions to Expect When Making a Report to DFCS:

Free, Web-Based, Mandated Reporter Training: 

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Phone: (912) 445-2517


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