AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – A bill to protect military children from abuse and neglect was introduced this week.
Georgia State Representative Earnest Smith proposed House Bill 825. The “Protecting Military Children Act” is one of six bills that supports military families. Smith says currently there is a gray area between The Division of Family and Children Services and the Department of Defense. This bill will allow D.F.A.C.S. to report cases of child abuse and neglect including personal information of the accused person to the D.O.D. The D.O.D. can then investigate and appropriately respond to these cases.
“Where we are now, the Cyber Center of Excellence is in this region and more importantly we are trying to close the gap so that the communication lines are open and everyone at D.F.A.C.S. knows that if there is a problem we need to call these military authorities because the worst thing that a military authority can do if find out about this second-hand,” Georgia State Representative Earnest Smith told WJBF News Channel 6.
House Bill 825 will ensure people if they report problems that it will be taken care of. Representative Smith says this bill will help the state of Georgia be a role model of progress to other states.