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SB 0439 - Juvenile Code; enhanced notice to and improved participation of foster, preadoptive, and relative caregivers in certain hearings; provide

Tracking Level: Monitor
Sponsor: Matt Brass
Last Action: 1/1/2021 - Effective Date
Senate Committee: Judiciary
House Committee: Juvenile Justice
Assigned To:
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

SB 439 amends Chapter 11 of Title 15 of the OCGA to require a court to make specific fact findings regarding participation by a child’s caregiver, foster parent, or preadoptive parents during certain hearings such as hearings on the termination of parental rights. In regard to notices of changes in placement hearings and presumption, the Council of Juvenile Court Judges shall provide methods for persons entitled to such notices to electronically file objection to such changes. After granting the termination of parental rights, a court shall consider the testimony and evidence of any willing individual whose has had physical custody of the child for at least 12 months. The court may limit the scope of evidence to material it deems relevant.

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