Establishment and Maintenance of Central Registries for Child Abuse or Neglect Reports - Georgia

Date: May 2018

Establishment

Citation: Ann. Code § 49-5-181

The Division of Family and Children Services shall establish and maintain a central registry that shall be known as the 'Child Protective Services Information System.'

Purpose

Citation: Ann. Code § 49-5-181

The child abuse registry shall be operated in such a manner as to enable abuse investigators to do the following:

  • Immediately identify and locate substantiated cases
  • Maintain and produce aggregate statistical data of substantiated cases

Contents

Citation: Ann. Code §§ 49-5-181; 49-5-182

The child abuse registry shall receive notice regarding substantiated cases occurring on and after July 1, 2016, reported to the division pursuant to § 49-5-182.

An abuse investigator who completes the investigation of a child abuse report made pursuant to § 19-7-5 or otherwise and determines that it is a substantiated case if the alleged child abuser was at least age 13 at the time of the commission of the act shall notify the division within 30 business days following such determination. Such notice may be submitted electronically and shall include the following:

  • The name; age; sex; race; Social Security number, if known; and birthdate of the child alleged to have been abused
  • The name, age, sex, race, Social Security number, and birthdate of the parents, custodian, or caregiver of the child alleged to have been abused, if known
  • The name, age, sex, race, Social Security number, and birthdate of the person who committed the substantiated case
  • A summary of the known details of the child abuse, which at a minimum shall contain the classification of the abuse as provided in § 19-7-5(b)(4) as either sexual abuse, physical abuse, child neglect, or a combination thereof

Maintenance

Citation: Ann. Code § 49-5-183

Upon receipt of an investigator's report of a substantiated case naming an alleged child abuser, the division shall include in the child abuse registry the name of the alleged child abuser, the classification of the abuse, and a copy of the investigator's report.