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what does petition for permanent custody mean

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we are grandparents and our 4 grandchildren have been deemed deprived children by dfcs. they have been removed from their parents custody. we are considering petitioning the courts for permanent custody because this is not the first time they have gone through this problem due to drug abuse by their parents.what exactly does permanent mean in this case. we would like to know that the children would not be thrown back into this situation again about the time we get them feeling secure and normal.


Permanent custody is what it states, it's permanent. Under Georgia custody law, if one or both of the parents tried to gain custody, it would be his/her burden to show the court why it should be changed. Georgia court follow the notion that stability is best for the child unless you can show that there is something in the environment that will adversely impact on the well being of the child.

Meaning the parents cannot just show that they have a home "as good" as yours, but better. They must show that there has been a substantial change in circumstances and that it is in the child's best interests to make the change and if the two homes are thought to be equal, then custody will stay as it is.

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