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The legal authority for these rules is O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=49-5-180&amp;title=49&amp;getbrowsepage=yes#" target="_newtab">49-5-180</a> et seq.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/290-2-30-.02" name="290-2-30-.02" title="290-2-30-.02">Rule 290-2-30-.02 Definitions</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.02(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Child Abuse Registry" means the Child Protective Services Information System established by Article 8 of Chapter 5 of Title 49 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=49-5-180&amp;title=49&amp;getbrowsepage=yes#" target="_newtab">49-5-180</a> et seq. </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.02(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Department" means the Department of Human Services.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.02(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Division" means the Division of Family and Children Services of the Department of Human Services.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.02(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Child Abuse" has the same meaning as in paragraph (4) of subsection (b) of O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=19-7-5&amp;title=19#" target="_newtab">19-7-5</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.02(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Alleged child abuser" means an individual named in an abuse investigator's report as having committed a substantiated case of child abuse.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.02(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Substantiated case" means an investigation of a child abuse report by an abuse investigator which has been confirmed based upon a preponderance of the evidence that child abuse has occurred.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.02(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Abuse investigator" means the division, any county department of the family and children services, or any designee thereof.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/290-2-30-.03" name="290-2-30-.03" title="290-2-30-.03">Rule 290-2-30-.03 Inclusion of Name on Child Abuse Registry</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.03(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The division shall establish and maintain a central child abuse registry, called the "Child Protective Services Information System" in accordance with Article 8 of Chapter 5 of Title 49 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.03(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An abuse investigator who completes the investigation of a child abuse report made pursuant to O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=19-7-5&amp;title=19#" target="_newtab">19-7-5</a> or otherwise and determines that it is a substantiated case, if the alleged abuser was at least 13 years of age at the time of commission of the act, shall notify the division within 30 business days following such determination. Such notice shall include the following: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.03(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Name, age, sex, race, social security number, if known, and birthdate of child alleged to have been abused,</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.03(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Name, age, sex, race, social security number, birthdate of the parents, custodian, or caretaker of the child alleged to have been abused,</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.03(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Name, age, sex, race and social security number and birthdate of the person who committed the substantiated case, and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.03(2)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A summary of the known details of the child abuse which at a minimum shall contain the classification of the abuses as provided in O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=19-7-5&amp;title=19#19-7-5(b)(4)" target="_newtab">19-7-5(b)(4)</a> as either sexual abuse, physical abuse, child neglect or a combination thereof.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.03(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Upon receipt of an investigator's report of a substantiated case pursuant to O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=49-5-182&amp;title=49#49-5-182(a)" target="_newtab">49-5-182(a)</a>naming an alleged child abuser, the division shall: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.03(3)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Include in the child abuse registry the name of the alleged child abuser, the classification of the abuse as provided in O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=49-5-182&amp;title=49#49-5-182(a)(4)" target="_newtab">49-5-182(a)(4)</a>, and a copy of the investigator's report; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.03(3)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Mail to such alleged child abuser in such report a notice regarding the substantiated case via certified mail, return receipt requested. The notice shall further inform such alleged child abuser of such person's right to a hearing to appeal such determination and shall further inform such alleged child abuser of the procedures for obtaining a hearing and that an opportunity shall be afforded all parties to be represented by legal counsel to respond and present evidence on all issues involved. It shall be a rebuttable presumption that such notice has been received if the return receipt has been received by the division.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/290-2-30-.04" name="290-2-30-.04" title="290-2-30-.04">Rule 290-2-30-.04 Right to Appeal Inclusion of Name on Child Abuse Registry</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.04(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In order to exercise such right to hearing, the alleged child abuser must file a written request for a hearing with the division within ten days after receipt of such notice. Such written request for a hearing shall be sent via mail or hand delivered to the person and address designated by the division in the notice provided in accordance with Rule <a title="290-2-30-.03(3)(b)" href="290-2-30-.03#290-2-30-.03(3)(b)">290-2-30-.03(3)(b)</a> above. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.04(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If the written request for a hearing is mailed, the date of receipt by the division shall be considered the date of the post mark of such written request. If such written notice is hand delivered, the date of receipt by the division shall be the actual date of receipt of the request by the division.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.04(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If the 10th day from the receipt of the notice by the alleged child abuser is a Saturday, Sunday, or state holiday when the division is closed for business, the request for a hearing may be mailed or hand delivered to the division on the next business day.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.04(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The written request for a hearing shall contain the alleged child abuser's current residence address and, if the person has a telephone number, the telephone number at which such person shall be notified of the hearing. </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.04(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If the division receives a written request for a hearing meeting the requirements of O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=49-5-183&amp;title=49#49-5-183(c)" target="_newtab">49-5-183(c)</a>, it shall transmit such written request to the Office of State Administrative Hearings (OSAH) within ten days after receipt. </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.04(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> At the conclusion of the OSAH administrative hearing, upon a finding by the administrative law judge that there is not a preponderance of the evidence to conclude that the alleged child abuser committed an act of child abuse and upon receipt of an order that the alleged child abuser's name be removed from the registry, the division shall remove the name of the alleged child abuser from the registry unless and until such time as the division receives a decision, following appeal, that the alleged child abuser's name should be included in the child abuse registry. </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.04(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The appeal of the inclusion of the name of the alleged child abuser in the child abuse registry shall proceed as provided in O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=49-4-183&amp;title=49#" target="_newtab">49-4-183</a>. The filing of a petition for judicial review in the superior court by the alleged child abuser, in accordance with O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=49-4-183&amp;title=49#49-4-183(f)" target="_newtab">49-4-183(f)</a>, shall stay the listing of the petitioner's name on the child abuse registry. </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.04(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The division is authorized, in its discretion, to seek judicial review of an adverse decision of the OSAH administrative law judge, as provided in O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=49-5-183&amp;title=49#" target="_newtab">49-5-183</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/290-2-30-.05" name="290-2-30-.05" title="290-2-30-.05">Rule 290-2-30-.05 Expungement of Name from Registry When the Individual Who Requests Expungement is Not the Individual Who had the Substantiated Case</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.05(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An individual, whose name appears on the child abuse registry as having committed a substantiated abuse case and who has not waived a hearing after receipt of a notice that such individual's name has been included on the registry, shall be entitled to a hearing for an administrative determination concerning whether expungement of such individual's name should be ordered.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.05(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Upon receipt of a written request for a hearing for expungement of the alleged child abuser's name from the registry, the division shall transmit such request to the Office of Administrative Hearings within ten days of receipt. Upon a finding that there is no credible evidence that the individual who requested the hearing is the individual who had a substantiated case and receipt of an order that the division expunge that name from the registry, the division shall expunge the name from the registry.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.05(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The appeal of the decision concerning the expungement of the name of the alleged child abuser from the child abuse registry shall proceed as provided in O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=49-5-184&amp;title=49#" target="_newtab">49-5-184</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.05(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The division is authorized, in its discretion, to seek judicial review of an adverse decision of the OSAH administrative law judge, as provided in O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=49-5-184&amp;title=49#" target="_newtab">49-5-184</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/290-2-30-.06" name="290-2-30-.06" title="290-2-30-.06">Rule 290-2-30-.06 Removal of the Name of an Individual Who Committed Substantiated Child Abuse While a Minor from the Registry</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.06(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> With regard to a minor child alleged to have committed abuse, the division shall remove such individual's name from the registry if: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.06(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> He or she has reached 18 years of age;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.06(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> More than one year has passed from the date of the act or omission that resulted in a substantiated case and there have been no subsequent acts or omissions resulting in a substantiated case; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.06(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> He or she can prove by a preponderance of the evidence that he or she has been rehabilitated.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.06(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An individual whose name was placed in the child abuse registry while a minor may request the removal of his or her name from the child abuse registry by: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.06(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Submitting a completed request for the removal of his or her name from the child abuse registry in the form designated by the division to the person and address designated by the division;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.06(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Submitting written evidence with the request which proves that each of the requirements in subsection (a) above has been met. Such evidence shall be submitted by affidavit or other sworn or verified statement. The agency may also consider, in its discretion, statements or other information submitted by the individual, provided that such statements or information are of a type commonly relied upon by reasonably prudent persons in the conduct of their affairs; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.06(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Upon the request of the division, in its discretion, submitting medical, psychiatric, or psychological evaluations or reports or other reports or similar evidence from a licensed counselor, social worker or mental health clinician, concerning whether the individual has been rehabilitated.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.06(2)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Notifying the division, within three business days, of any change in such individual's address after submission of the request. </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.06(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The division may, in its discretion, make an independent inquiry into whether the individual seeking to have his or her named removed from the registry has committed an act or omission resulting in a substantiated case subsequent to the act or omission which resulted in the inclusion of the individual's name on the registry as a minor. The division shall inform the individual of its findings. </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.06(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The evidence submitted shall be reviewed and evaluated, on behalf of the division, by a designee or designees chosen by the division director, who shall determine the weight and credibility of the evidence presented. Further, for the purpose of such review, the designee or designees shall consider the acts or omissions which resulted in the substantiated case as true and shall take into consideration such acts or omissions in determining whether the individual requesting that his or her name be removed from the registry has met the requirements of O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=49-5-183&amp;title=49#49-5-183(h)" target="_newtab">49-5-183(h)</a>. After considering the acts or omissions which caused the case to be substantiated and the evidence presented, such designee or designees shall determine whether the individual who has requested that his or her name be removed from the registry has met the requirements of O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=49-5-183&amp;title=49#49-5-183(h)" target="_newtab">49-5-183(h)</a> and has proved (i) that he or she has reached the age of 18, (ii) that more than a year has passed from the date of the act or omission which resulted in the substantiated case and there have been no subsequent acts or omissions resulting in a substantiated case and (iii) that he or she has been rehabilitated, by a preponderance of the evidence. The division shall transmit its decision to the last known address provided by the individual requesting removal of his or her name from the registry within 60 days of the individual's submission of the request for removal of his or her name from the registry, receipt of all evidence submitted by the individual and any additional evaluations, reports or similar evidence requested by the division pursuant to subsection (2)(c) of this Rule.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/290-2-30-.07" name="290-2-30-.07" title="290-2-30-.07">Rule 290-2-30-.07 Appeal of Decision to Deny Removal of Name from the Child Abuse Registry</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.07(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Within ten days of receipt of the division's decision that his or her name will not be removed from the registry pursuant to Rule <a title="290-2-30-.06" href="290-2-30-.06">290-2-30-.06</a> above, an individual who has requested that his or her name be removed from the registry shall be authorized to request a hearing to appeal the division's decision that he has not met the requirements of O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=49-5-183&amp;title=49#49-5-183(h)" target="_newtab">49-5-183(h)</a>by mailing or hand delivering such request to the division to the person at the address designated by the division. Such hearing shall be conducted by the Office of State Administrative Hearings in accordance with Chapter 13 of Title 50, the "Georgia Administrative Procedure Act," the Rules and Regulations of the Office of State Administrative Hearings, and the rules and regulations of the Department of Human Services. The decision of the Office of State Administrative Hearings shall constitute the final agency decision.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.07(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any party shall have the right of judicial review of the decision of the Office of Administrative Hearings as provided in Chapter 13 of Title 50, the "Georgia Administrative Procedure Act."</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/290-2-30-.08" name="290-2-30-.08" title="290-2-30-.08">Rule 290-2-30-.08 Access to Information in the Registry</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.08(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Access to any information in the child abuse registry shall be provided only to persons to whom such access is provided by O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=49-5-185&amp;title=49#" target="_newtab">49-5-185</a>, as amended.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.08(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A person may make a written request to the division to find out whether such person's name is included in the child abuse registry. Upon presentation of a passport, military identification card, driver's license or identification card authorized under O.C.G.A. §§ <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=40-5-100&amp;title=40#" target="_newtab">40-5-100</a> through <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=40-5-104&amp;title=40#" target="_newtab">40-5-104</a>, the Division of Family and Children Services shall disclose to such person whether his or her name is included in the child abuse registry, and, if so, the date upon which his or her name was listed in the registry. </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.08(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The division shall provide and maintain such statistical analysis of substantiated cases as required in Article 8 of Chapter 5 of Title 49 of the Official Code of Georgia annotated.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/290-2-30-.09" name="290-2-30-.09" title="290-2-30-.09">Rule 290-2-30-.09 Confidentiality of Information in the Child Abuse Registry</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.09(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Information in the child abuse registry is confidential and shall not be subject to Article 4 of Chapter 18 of Title 50 of the official Code of Georgia Annotated and access is prohibited except as provided in this rule or by state or federal law. Such information is not a record of child abuse for purposes of Article 2 of Chapter 5 of Title 49 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated. However, information in the child abuse registry applicable to a child, who at the time of his or her death, was in the custody of a state department or agency or foster parent shall not be confidential and shall be subject to Article 4 of Chapter 18 of Title 50 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.09(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any person who knowingly provides any information from the child abuse registry to a person not authorized to be provided such information or who knowingly and under false pretense obtains or attempts to obtain information which was obtained from the child abuse registry shall be guilty of a misdemeanor as provided in O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=49-5-186&amp;title=49#49-5-186(c) and (d)" target="_newtab">49-5-186(c) and (d)</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/290-2-30-.10" name="290-2-30-.10" title="290-2-30-.10">Rule 290-2-30-.10 Child Abuse Registry Governed by Article 8 of Chapter 5 of Title 49 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.10(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The operation of The Child Abuse Registry shall not conflict with the provisions of Article 8 of Chapter 5 of Title 49 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="290-2-30-.10(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Should any provision of these Rules conflict with Article 8 of Chapter 5 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, as amended, Article 8 of Chapter 5 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated shall take precedence and shall govern the operation of the Child Abuse Registry.</td> </tr> </table> </div> </div> </HTML> </div> <div id="toc" class="sidebar noprint"> <ul id="toc-children" class="children"><li><a href="/GAC/290-2-30-.01" name="290-2-30-.01" title="290-2-30-.01">Rule 290-2-30-.01 Legal Authority</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/290-2-30-.02" name="290-2-30-.02" title="290-2-30-.02">Rule 290-2-30-.02 Definitions</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/290-2-30-.03" name="290-2-30-.03" title="290-2-30-.03">Rule 290-2-30-.03 Inclusion of Name on Child Abuse Registry</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/290-2-30-.04" name="290-2-30-.04" title="290-2-30-.04">Rule 290-2-30-.04 Right to Appeal Inclusion of Name on Child Abuse Registry</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/290-2-30-.05" name="290-2-30-.05" title="290-2-30-.05">Rule 290-2-30-.05 Expungement of Name from Registry When the Individual Who Requests Expungement is Not the Individual Who had the Substantiated Case</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/290-2-30-.06" name="290-2-30-.06" title="290-2-30-.06">Rule 290-2-30-.06 Removal of the Name of an Individual Who Committed Substantiated Child Abuse While a Minor from the Registry</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/290-2-30-.07" name="290-2-30-.07" title="290-2-30-.07">Rule 290-2-30-.07 Appeal of Decision to Deny Removal of Name from the Child Abuse Registry</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/290-2-30-.08" name="290-2-30-.08" title="290-2-30-.08">Rule 290-2-30-.08 Access to Information in the Registry</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/290-2-30-.09" name="290-2-30-.09" title="290-2-30-.09">Rule 290-2-30-.09 Confidentiality of Information in the Child Abuse Registry</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/290-2-30-.10" name="290-2-30-.10" title="290-2-30-.10">Rule 290-2-30-.10 Child Abuse Registry Governed by Article 8 of Chapter 5 of Title 49 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated</a></li></ul> </div> </div> <!--content ends here--> <div id="footer" class="noprint"><span class="footer">Copyright &copy; 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