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COVID-19 Prevention Efforts

Effective Monday, March 23, DFCS offices are temporarily reducing in-person operations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As a result, we encourage you to use self-service options during this time. Click here for more information.

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Hurricane Sally: Food Stamp Benefits Replacement

Constituents that experience a food loss due to power outages of 4 hours or more may receive replacement benefits within 10 days. Download this pdf file.Mail in Form 841 and proof of outage  to your local DFCS office. For DFCS office locations, click here.

Contact Information

September Pandemic SNAP (P-SNAP)

This additional benefit for customers already receiving SNAP (food stamps) would grant the maximum allotment of food stamps to each household not already receiving it. P-SNAP benefits for September will issued according to the schedule below. Customers can find their client ID on the front of their EBT card.

Client ID ending in Benefits will be available on
00 - 19 Friday, Sept. 25
20 - 49 Sunday, Sept. 27
50 - 69 Tuesday, Sept. 29
70 - 99 Wednesday, Sept. 30

Who to Contact

We make it easy for you to connect with someone if you have a question, concern or compliment about your DFCS service.

Georgia Gateway

Georgia Gateway is an eligibility determination system for a number of social benefit programs (Health Coverage, Child Care and Parent Services, Food Stamps (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Women, Infants and Children (WIC). See https://gateway.ga.gov/ to access more information and to apply for benefits.

Customer Contact Center

Toll-Free: (877) 423-4746

Contact Phone Email Notes
Adoptions Record Search
Burial Assistance

Please contact your local DFCS office for funding availability or your local Coroner’s Office.

Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting
1-855-GA CHILD (+1 855-422-4453)

Georgia’s CPS Centralized Intake Communication Center takes reports 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. If you have an immediate emergency, please call 911 or your local police department.

Child Abuse Registry

Anyone can request a free Self-Check by going to any Georgia Division of Family & Children Services office (https://dfcs.georgia.gov/locations) they will be required to present government issued identification: State ID, Military ID, Driver’s License or Passport. Results will be emailed to the requester within 10 business days. This is the only way under GA law to request a self-check.


To order or re-order a card or check balance.

Employment Opportunities

DHS current job postings - DHS Jobs

Food Stamps, TANF, and Childcare

For reporting changes and asking general questions.  Automated, self-service available 24/7.

Foster / Adoptive Parent Inquiries
1-877-210-KIDS (+1 877-210-5437)
Foster Care Placement
Georgia Gateway

To apply for or renew benefits online; can also be used to report interim changes or check for potential eligibility.
Visit Georgia Gateway

Georgia Gateway Support

For technical issues with Georgia Gateway.

Out of State Placement (ICPC) ​ICPC_Consultation@dhs.ga.gov
Senior Snap

SNAP Benefits for Senior Households.

Contact DFCS Constituent Service

NOTE: For timely processing, applications, renewals and verification paperwork should be uploaded to Georgia Gateway when possible. Customers without online access should mail paperwork directly to their local county office.

For all other inquiries

Web Form:

Family Independence Online Contact Form - for issues related to Georgia Gateway, Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Card, Energy Assistance, Food Stamps/SNAP, Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

Out of State CPS Inquiries

A Child Protective Service (CPS) Screening Request may be submitted by the following:

  1. Private or International Adoption Agency:
    If an adoption petition has been filed with superior court:   Submit the purpose of request on agency letterhead, and a copy of the court order which states there is a pending adoption
    Submit Screening Request Form
  2. Law Enforcement or CPS Investigators:
    Submit the purpose of request on agency letterhead, along with a signed release of information for each individual to be screened
    Submit Screening Request Form
  3. State Agencies:
    Submit the purpose of request on agency letterhead, along with a signed CPS application for each individual to be screened
    Submit Screening Request Form

 All CPS history requests should be submitted to the following: GeorgiaAdamWalsh@dhs.ga.gov