Ga. Senate passes spending plan

...mental-development disability.Like the versions from the House and governor, it adds 278 caseworkers at the Department of Family and Children Services, increases HOPE Scholarships, restores two teacher planning days and creates job training for inmates...

Mom charged with punching child, 6

...the eye with a balled up fist leaving a mark.The child was placed with a grandparent while police and Department of Family and Child Services conducted the investigation.

Katie Hoats

THOMSON, Ga. - Mrs. Katie L. Hoats, 66, of King Street, Thomson, GA, entered into rest February 17, 2015 at University Hospital, Augusta. Mrs. Hoats grew up in Wrens, Georgia and was the daughter of the late John Lewis Rogers and the late Kate

Rants & Raves

Comments from readers:ALL CORRESPONDENCE from the Department of Family and Children Services gives you a toll-free number to call. Twice I have tried and was on hold over an hour each time. One time I did get to speak...

Georgia child deaths up, report says

ATLANTA -- The number is increasing of Georgia children whose deaths were related to maltreatment, according to a report released Thursday.

Death of Augusta native Karen Williams remains unsolved

...Williams battled drug addiction for 10 years, while having several of her children taken away by the Department of Family and Children Services.However, Katherine Jackson said her daughter "seemed to have finally won her battle with drugs...

Two Augusta mothers charged after children left unattended

...brought the child into her front yard and called the child's grandmother, who came to pick him up.A Department of Family and Child Services employee came to the scene but Tart never returned. Tart was booked into the Richmond County jail Monday...

Georgia toddler found crawling along road; dad arrested

CARLTON, Ga. -- The father of a 1-year-old girl was arrested after she was found crawling along Georgia Highway 72.The child was rescued by a Carlton man who told deputies he was driving from Elberton about 10 a.m. Friday when he spotted the child crawling along the fog line of the highway, according to a Madison County sheriff's report. The man stopped, placed the crying child inside his vehicle and called 911, deputies said.

Another parent charged with leaving child unattended in vehicle in Augusta

...was heading to the sheriff's office to file a report.A report states the child was unharmed. The Department of Family and Children Services was notified and allowed the child to be released to his mother.On Monday, a 28-year-old woman...

Streamline rules, lawmakers told

ATLANTA -- Rules for shampoo and dishwashing soap to be in locked cabinets to protect teenagers at private, state-licensed facilities are listed as in need of change.