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Indigent Burials in Fulton County

Whenever any person dies in Fulton County, and the decedent family and immediate relatives are indigent and unable to provide for a decent interment, Fulton County through the Department of Family and Children Services will provide Indigent Burial assistance in the exact amount thereof to be determined by the Board of Commissioners.   Section 36-12-5 of the Georgia Coded applies to the legal authority and obligation on the part of the county in bearing interment expenses of the indigent.


Indigent Burial  Policy & Procedure

Fulton County Indigent Burial Policy Manual

To apply for assistance, please contact:

DFCS Indigent Burial Coordinator – Ms. Susan Bailey

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404-699-4387 direct line

Southwest Service Center
515 Fairburn Road, SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30331

List of Fulton County DFCS Offices:

Fulton North County (Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Roswell, Mountain Park)

Fulton North West (Atlanta)

Fulton South County (College Park, East Point)

Fulton South West County (Union City, Fairburn)

When the Department of Family and Children Services receives a request for burial, it reviews the indigent status of the individual, as well as, the financial status of immediate family members according to the rules and regulations of the department. If indigence is authenticated, a Request for Indigent Burial Form is certified and forwarded to the Clerk to the Commissioners.

Before the Department of Family and Children Services contacts a funeral home, the Department allows the family of the decedent to identify or express a preference for a funeral home.   If there are no family members with whom to communicate regarding the funeral home of choice, a funeral home is selected on a rotational basis from a list of volunteers maintained and updated by the Department of Family and Children Services. DFCS makes contact with the funeral home to determine if they will handle funeral arrangements for the county’s fee and provide information on the program standards and identifying information needed for the death certificate.

For a list of Funeral Home Contacts by County have volunteered to participate in the Indigent Burial Program, click here.  

Fulton County Indigent Burial Program Partners:

Fulton County Clerk to the Commission
141 Pryor Street, S.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 612-8200

Fulton County Chaplain’s Office
Chaplain Clifton Dawkins
141 Pryor Street, S.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 612-4365

Mutual Meadows/ Lakeside Memorial Gardens Cemetery
7780 Ono Road.
Palmetto, GA 30268
(770) 577-1364