These Acts are a comprehensive reform to existing child abuse legislation. The Acts provide for law enforcement involvement in child abuse investigations, require each county to reform a child abuse committee and a child fatality subcommittee, and allow access to child abuse reports by child abuse committees, law enforcement personnel, school counselors, medical examiners, and certain state officials. They also require court approval to return a deprived child to his parents, and they establish a battered spouse or child defense.
Johnson, Virginia Ann
"DOMESTIC RELATIONS Parent and Child Relationship Generally: Establish New Protocols for Child Abuse Investigations, Deprivations, and Access to Records; Establish Battered Spouse and Child Defenses,"
Georgia State University Law Review:
1, Article 31.
Available at: http://digitalarchive.gsu.edu/gsulr/vol10/iss1/31