ATLANTA, Ga. -

The Georgia governor has approved in the hiring of 100 new child protective service workers.  They were hired to help with the recent spikes in new cases regarding child abuse and neglect.

Gov. Nathan Deal says since the Division of Family and Children Services launched a centralized 24-hour child protective services intake center there have been a spike in new cases.  In just late June, the agency, reports there was a backlog of more than 3,300 child protective services investigations. 

Deal says he hopes by 2017 there will be a ratio of 15 to one caseload to caseworker.