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Real Reform in Georgia

February 19, 2008 permalink

Georgia state senator Nancy Schaefer has introduced legislation to reform child protection in her state. Some provisions are:

  • Requires DHR to place children with relatives where possible
  • Discovery in termination proceedings. We presume this is the legal meaning of discovery, requiring DHR to disclose the entire case to the parents before terminating their rights to their children.
  • Requires DHR to respond to emergencies within 72 hours.
  • Requires a court order to enter a home.
  • Removes immunity for social workers who administer medicine to a child over objection of the parents.
  • Outlaws double jeopardy in termination actions.
  • Court hearings will be conducted in public.

You can read the February 18, 2008 press release (pdf) or the entire legal text.