What is DFCS?
We are often asked, “What is DFCS?”
DFCS is one of many names by which “Child Protective Services” goes by.
DFCS can stand for different things, and it might refer to various organizations or concepts. The reason why there are so many different names and titles for the “child protection” aspect of the government, is that it is indeed not government at all. Child Protective Services goes by many names or titles, and they are all agencies, sometimes non-profits, and sometimes for-profit organizations that receive federal funding via Title IV-E Social Security Funds. There is no uniform title for such “services” because in many instances these agencies are privatized and although they all have the same playbook, each agency is independent of one other and the government at large. These agencies function by way of policies and procedures and therefore in many instances do not have any accountability within the law.
Furthermore, the city police are policy protectors for corporations and businesses and are privatized and because they get paychecks from the businesses for private security, they can easily put on their uniform and badge and while off duty act as the private security guard for the social workers at the buildings of which DFCS is located. City police officers often transition back and forth while in uniform between city employee underneath the commissioner and an independent contractor under a 1099. The public does not know the difference just by looking at them because in both instances they are dressed as a police officer with a badge and gun on their hip. Usually when involved with child protective services unless a 911 call is made, the police are called privately and the social workers form relationships with the ones who provide security while off duty as a side gig so they are all there to support one another in the process of making sure the children and parents are separated successfully.
Before reaching out to a local child protection agency in your area, it is advised and best practice to research ahead of time who exactly you are calling and why. Not all agencies are the same and not all are actually government related. Some that are government related at times (such as police departments) are not always government related such as when providing private security while off duty. Would you want your family in the hands of a non-profit or a private for-profit business that claims to be a part of the government, but in fact, is not? I sure wouldn’t.
Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS): In the United States, several states have a Division of Family and Children Services, which is an assumed “government agency” responsible for the protection of children and the welfare of families. These agencies may handle child protective services, foster care, adoption services, and other programs aimed at supporting families and ensuring the well-being of children. These agencies have workers who are called “social workers” or “case workers” although they are agents, much like your local insurance agents.
Child Protective Services (CPS) is known by various names, and the specific terminology may differ from one jurisdiction to another. Here are some common names or equivalents for Child Protective Services:
- Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS): This is a common name used in some states or regions to refer to the agency responsible for child welfare and “protection”.
- Child Welfare Services (CWS): Some areas use the term Child Welfare Services to encompass the range of programs and activities related to child “protection”.
- Department of Children and Families (DCF): Similar to DCFS, some states or regions use the name Department of Children and Families for the agency responsible for child welfare.
- Child and Family Services Agency: This is a general term that may be used to describe the agency responsible for child “protection” in a particular area.
- Child Protective Services (CPS): This is one of the most common and widely recognized names for agencies responsible for investigating reports of child abuse or neglect.
- Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS): As mentioned earlier, some states use this name for the agency handling child and family welfare matters.
- Department of Human Services (DHR): Some states use this name for the agency handling child and family welfare matters.
It’s important to note that the exact name and structure of child protection agencies can vary between countries, states, and regions. If you are referring to a specific jurisdiction, you may want to look up the local or regional agency responsible for child welfare to get the accurate name.
How do I speak to someone at Georgia DFCS?
Our most recent blog post #1 Advice How do I Contact DFCS Georgia gave specific instructions on this as well as warnings on what to know before you go. First ask yourself, why do you feel the need to contact DFCS? Are you contacting them for yourself? Times are tough? Need food? Resources for housing? Shelter? Although DFCS claims to be a resource for you and your family and sometimes they do indeed “help” it oftentimes comes at a very large cost to your entire family, and sadly in many instances it costs families their own children. As soon as DFCS catches wind that a family may need help and they see children in the mix, $$ flash before their eyes because every social worker involved in the removal of children from families has quotas they must meet each year (to keep the agency running with federal funding). They have to get their supply from somewhere! What better way to meet quotas than to finding the families who are coming to THEM for “help”? This then almost ALWAYS becomes a case where the end justifies the means. Once you are in the clutches of the welfare system funded by tax payer dollars, its all fair game to them because in the child welfare system there is no oversight and no accountability. Until NOW. If you ever find yourself in the clutches of CPS in any form by any name, please do not hesitate to contact us at Rescue The Fosters to guide you out.
What is another reason you may feel the need to call DFCS? Is it because you want to call on your family member or neighbor? Why? Did you witness physical abuse in the hands of the child’s caretaker? Is the child hurt? The first step should be like in any other violent/abusive situation or emergency. Dial 911. This brings us back to one of our very first lessons as a child. When you sense danger and someone’s life at serious risk, the only number that should ever be called is 911. We are also taught, NEVER call this number unless it is an absolute emergency. This holds the officials accountable (at least somewhat) and allows for documentation (usually) unless we start on the topic of senators knowingly circumventing the FISC & the NPAC/911 EMS which are being transferred to a FOREIGN corporation in Ericsson that was KNOWINGLY funding Al-Qaeda/ISIL/ISIS dating back to 2008. That is an entirely different topic in regards to 911 calls being re-routed for nefarious reasons. Other than that, 911 is usually always the answer when it comes to the worst situations. I mean, the worst. Severe abuse. Otherwise, the hero complex that comes out in you in regards to your family member’s or neighbor’s children just may indeed make things MUCH worse for everyone, eventually including yourself when the guilt weighs in later.
How to make a DFCS report in Georgia?
For the caller, the process is very simple. You locate any DFCS office in your area, make the call and tell them you would like to report abuse on a child. You will not need to give your name or contact information. You can simply make an anonymous call and you will not be held accountable whether you tell the truth or lie.
Here are the general steps to make a DFCS report in Georgia:
- Call the Georgia DFCS Centralized Intake Communication Center:
- To report child abuse or neglect, you may contact the DFCS Centralized Intake Communication Center.
- The statewide toll-free number is 1-855-GA-CHILD (1-855-422-4453).
- The hotline is available 24/7.
- Provide Information:
- When you call, be prepared to provide detailed information about the child and the situation.
- Include the child’s name, age, address, and any other relevant details about the suspected abuse or neglect.
- Remain Anonymous:
- You have the option to remain anonymous when making a report. However, providing your contact information can be helpful if DFCS needs additional information in the future.
- Follow Up:
- If you choose to provide your contact information, DFCS may follow up with you for additional details or clarification.
What happens if you falsify a report ANONYMOUSLY?
Well, nothing right away, until it catches up later when malicious intent is proven by the falsely accused parents (most of the time). When it comes to reporting to DFCS on child abuse of any kind here is the caveat:
Like in many places, reporting is protected by law, and those who make good-faith reports are generally immune from legal liability. Yes, that’s right, your neighbor can get mad at you for playing the music too loud the night before and make an impulsive decision to make an anonymous call to DFCS and falsify information which then leads to the destruction of your family for all eternity and then they are considered immune to any lawsuits. You, then as the victim of false allegations, must prove the allegations are false against you, and prove malicious intent on the accuser while the accuser has the entire system backing them due to the incentives of the mighty Title IV-E. What happened to innocent until proven guilty? This system and way of reporting has created a situation where the burden of proof now remains on the accused rather than on the accuser. It has flipped backwards.
In Georgia, the mandatory reporting law is outlined in the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) Title 19, Chapter 7, Article 1. This law designates certain professionals as mandatory reporters, meaning they are legally obligated and required to report suspected child abuse or neglect even when not on duty. These professionals may include teachers, healthcare workers, law enforcement officers, social workers, and others who work closely with children.
Moreover, Georgia law protects individuals who make “good-faith reports” of suspected child abuse from civil or criminal liability. This means that as long as the report is made in good faith and without malicious intent, the person making the report is generally immune from legal repercussions.
What does “good faith” mean in reporting?
“Good faith” in the context of reporting child abuse or neglect refers to making a report with honest intentions and a genuine belief that the information being provided is accurate. Reporting in good faith means that the person making the report is not acting with malicious intent, knowingly providing false information, or making the report for personal gain. They simply can claim themselves a “good Samaritan” or a “concerned citizen” and claim what they want as they choose to.
All it takes is for a family member or a neighbor to SAY that they BELIEVE there is abuse or neglect and this is enough to open an investigation into a family based on hearsay all while the original caller(s) can remain anonymous and immune to the situation that plays out for the next several years. As mentioned in previous articles, once that door is open, there is very little chance of closing it because as soon as the child is taken from the family, there are $$ signs on the family via Title IV-E that bring in those dollars and once the child is removed, there is no fix to reunifying the families because the contract between the agency and the federal government states that the agency will lose the funding at the moment the child is given back to the parents and findings are found to be unsubstantiated. In other words, they must FORCE substantiative evidence into the case file (even if it is falsified) to justify the end game which = PROFIT.
How to report someone to DFCS?
The answer is simple. If you do not want to be a part of human trafficking in ANY way and you truly want to save the child you are thinking about calling for, DON’T. Simply put, do NOT call DFCS. If there truly is a real life threatening emergency, let the first responders do their jobs and call 911. Otherwise, do you really want to be a part of potentially causing a lifetime of a nightmare to an entire family at the expense of your tax dollars? If so, then you are a part of the problem. We all want children safe. The fact that children in foster care are 42% more likely to die than children in the general population, largely irrespective of race or age than in their own homes with their biological relatives should tell one everything they need to know about who to NOT call when they suspect any kind of “abuse”. If the abuse is real, there would be 911 calls and a criminal arrest, charges, a trial and a conviction in a real court of law with due process and the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty. Anything else is fraud.
By now, everyone is aware that sex trafficking in America is a multi-billion-dollar problem and the fact is that 88% of the sex trafficking in America is coming directly from foster care which we Americans are paying out of our tax $$. This in itself is a far bigger issue than the individual cases of possible real child abuse in the hands of their own family members. Oftentimes the general public is deceived into “tattling” on their family or neighbors who may just be a less than perfect parent but who are still far less likely to let their child die in their own hands than the workers are in foster care. The foster care system is an unforgiving and very unsafe place for all children to be regardless of their previous situation.
Do you really know who you are calling?
If your gut instinct tells you no matter what that DFCS is the better option than a 911 call because there is not enough abuse to warrant a 911 call (then why call anyone?) then refer to the instructions up above on how to do so and most importantly, pray while doing so, because this may open the doors to a nightmare that even your own family may never want to endure. When in doubt, reach out to Rescue The Fosters for more information and guidance and we can ensure the safety of all children and parents alike and aim for a reunified and restored country by first starting with our American families.