Georgia Division of Family and Children Services investigators Ordered to Work Overtime
State officials said Tuesday that more than 3,300 investigations are overdue and the number accounts for nearly half of the agency's current caseload.
Child safety investigations are supposed to be completed within 45 days. The agency's Interim Director Bobby Cagle says he considers each case a potential risk for vulnerable children.
Officials say child abuse and neglect reports have risen in the past year from an average of about 6,600 to 8,400 reports monthly.
Gov. Nathan Deal authorized funding for an additional 500 caseworkers over the next three years. Department of Human Services spokeswoman Ravae Graham says 175 have been hired.