DEPENDENCY (Formerly Deprivation): OVERVIEW
Having your child taken from you is one of the most frightening situations imaginable, but unfortunately it happens daily in Juvenile Courts throughout the state of Georgia. A dependent child is legally defined as a child who has been abused or neglected and is in need of the protection of the court: has been placed for care or adoption in violation of law; or Is without his or her parent, guardian, or legal custodian.
Dependency cases may be brought by the Department of Family and Children Services, law enforcement, or private citizens in Juvenile Court as a measure to remove children from their parents’ homes until such time as the court determines that a child is no longer dependent.
Dependency actions can often lead to a parent having their rights terminated and should be handled with great care and focus.
At the Sellers Law Firm we have years of experience handling dependency (formerly deprivation) cases in Juvenile Court and dealing with the Department of Family and Children Services.
If you or a loved one is dealing with a dependency action, do not wait before it becomes too late. Give us a call at the Sellers Law Firm and let us help you bring your child home. Your friendly neighborhood law firm is here for you.
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