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DFACS workers to work overtime

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

A spike in child abuse and neglect reports in Georgia have overwhelmed the Division of Family and Children Services, but they have a plan to try to get it under control.

Thirty-three hundred cases are still pending statewide and officials said it's partly due to an increase in reported child abuse from from 6,600 a month to 8,400.

DFACS is now implementing more overtime for workers statewide.

"The guiding principle is to make sure that Georgia children are safe. Sometimes it takes extra time to make sure that you're following up on those calls of reports of abuse. Making sure that you have all of the information that's needed. Making sure all the paperwork is done to make sure that you are making a full assessment," Deputy Director of Communications Ravae Graham said.

To help tackle the backlog, the state will also hire 500 new case workers over the next three years. 175 of them will begin on July 1.

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