Yes! Parent-child legal rights may be terminated by Georgia Juvenile Courts when it is in the best interests of the child.
Parental right termination begins with a filed petition with the Court. These petitions can be filed by any person who has knowledge of deprivation. A deprived child is any child who is without proper parental care or control. O.C.G.A. § 15-11-2. Georgia Courts have held that deprivation may include physical abuse, sexual abuse, and even neglect of hygiene. Daily Report A10A2215. Even if the abuse is not the fault of the parents, a Court can still find deprivation and terminate parental rights in the best interest of the child. Daily Report A10A2257.
Georgia Courts will appointment a Guardian Ad Litem when there is proceeding for termination of parental rights. O.C.G.A. § 15-11-9. This Guardian Ad Litem is an officer of the court who is appointed to represent the best interests of the child. They will conduct an investigation into the life of the child and provide a report and recommendation to the Court for consideration. This investigation is just the start of this lengthy process.
If you know a child who is suffering from deprivation or if you are a parent facing termination of your parent-child legal rights contact our office today to discuss your case. http://www.bechtold-law.com/CONTACT.HTML