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Journal of Juvenile Law
DIGEST: TERMINATION ORDERS TO STRIP PARENTS OF THEIR PARENTAL RIGHTS
26 J. Juv. L. 145
In In re A.S.R.H., 1 a mother appealed the termination of her parental rights by the juvenile court of Georgia. 2 The termination hearing followed a private deprivation petition filed by the grandmother of the child against the mother. 3 The child was subsequently found to be deprived and custody was awarded to the grandmother. 4
When the grandmother took custody of the child, she observed that the child had been neglected and had not been bathed recently. 5 After the grandmother was awarded custody, she allowed the child to live with his father, her son, and his new wife. 6 The order taking the child from the mother required that the mother successfully undertake the following: complete a drug rehabilitation program, get a job and keep it for six months, find a suitable and stable place to live for six months, visit the child often and pay child support. 7
In the time following the deprivation order and up to the termination hearing, the mother seldom visited the child, and during several of the limited visits she behaved in an improper manner. 8 Finally, the grandmother stopped allowing visits altogether. 9 Up until five months before the hearing the mother admittedly had a drug problem. 10 At one point, she had been arrested for trafficking methamphetamine, whereupon she pled guilty to possession, which carried with it seven years probation and a court order to participate in a rehabilitation program. 11 She worked ...
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