To promote stronger families, the Georgia Department of Human Services investigates child and elderly abuse, facilitates adoption and foster parenting, accepts applications for Medicaid, assists single parents in collecting child support, helps senior citizens remain self-sufficient, and runs the Food Stamp, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), and Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) programs.
- Apply online and pay the $25 fee by credit card, money order or personal check. If you receive benefits from Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) or Medicaid, you can apply for free.
- Find the parent who doesn't have custody. Where does that parent live and work?
- Confirm that the mother or father is legally recognized as a parent. If you aren't sure who your child's father is, the Division of Child Support Services will help you set up an appointment for genetic testing.
- File a support order.
You'll need to submit a completed application to your local Division of Family and Children Services, DHS office, by mail, telephone, fax, or e-mail.