This package of bills revised and added a number of code sections to Georgia's child protection legislation. The package includes requirement for reporting abuse and provides a civil penalty for failure to do report. The package also includes provisions for a state-wide registry to improve information sharing between state agencies and tracing statistical information presently collected at the county level; a state medical examiner system; automatic autopsies following the deaths of children under age seven; or in situations in which circumstances warrant; more open access to child abuse records; and a requirement that child care services submit reunification plans when children are taken from their parents. The package also provides that children are competent to testify at deprivation and criminal child molestation trials.
"DOMESTIC RELATIONS Comprehensive Child Abuse Legislation,"
Georgia State University Law Review: Vol. 7
, Article 5.
Available at: http://readingroom.law.gsu.edu/gsulr/vol7/iss1/5