A state senator has proposed a bill that would make it mandatory to report child abuse to a law enforcement agency. Current law requires teachers, doctors, nurses and counselors to report suspected abuse. Sponsor Sen. Renee Unterman says her bill would expand the category of mandatory reporters.
A dozen Florida and Georgia border counties have signed an agreement making it easier for children removed from parents or guardians to be placed with relatives in the other state. The agreement among the 12 counties is expected to allow for such placements in as little as a week. It applies only to children removed because of abuse or neglect.
A longtime Warner Robins football booster and former announcer is jailed in Houston County on child molestation charges. It’s the latest allegation in a football season with child sex abuse investigations at Penn State and Syracuse University. Those cases have Georgia lawmakers looking at the state’s child-abuse reporting laws.
Georgia is one of two study sites for a national research program to improve how children are represented in welfare systems around the nation. More than a hundred Georgia lawyers will participate. Half will continue representing children without change; the other half will test a best-practices model that asks them to learn more about the child’s life and be more proactive in their cases.
A court has given its approval for 10 children found living in a Burke County shack without food or utilities to be put up for adoption. The children of Jeremy and Christine Long, who ranged in age from 1 to 17, were placed in protective custody in 2008.
A report by federal monitors says foster children in Fulton and DeKalb counties are being abused and neglected at the highest rate in four years. The report found that 25 of just over 21-hundred children were abused or neglected.