Resources For Professionals
Reporting Child Maltreatment
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: http://dfcs.dhs.georgia.gov/child-abuse-neglect
*Web-based reporting requires completion of Mandated Reporter Training
Questions to Expect When Making a Report to DFCS:
Free, Web-Based, Mandated Reporter Training: