As of July 1, 2012, Georgia law states that all employees, volunteers, and clergy are Mandatory Reporters and are required to report any suspected child abuse or neglect. All suspected child abuse must be immediately reported but in no case later than 24 hours from the time there is reasonable cause to believe a child has been abused. The report should be made immediately to the Supervisor of the Parish or School (Pastor or Principal) and the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS).
If the allegation of abuse involves a member of the clergy, employee, or volunteer of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, please contact the Office of Child and Youth Protection during business hours or the Archdiocesan 24 hour Abuse Reporting line at 1-888-437-0764. The silence must be broken for the healing to begin.
Reporting Child Abuse
When Should I Report?
Victim discloses allegation of abuse or you suspect the victim is being abused
Notify Pastor/Principal as soon as you can within 24 hours
Report to DFCS within 24 hours from the time the report of abuse was received
- If the child is in immediate danger please call 911
What Should I Report?
Please provide DFCS with as much information as you can. Here’s a comprehensive list of items the DFCS intake representative will probably ask from you:
- Child’s name and Age
- Child’s Address
- Parents’ Names
- Phone Numbers
- Details of Suspected Abuse
- Alleged abuser’s name and relationship to the child