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I am a licensed Clinical Social Worker in GA I have a 14year old client whose mom is a recent convert as a Jehovah's Witness. She is demanding my client convert and the girl does not want to. The girl is cutting her arms and tried to talk to her mom and new step-dad but they tell her until she converts she is not allowed to talk to them or her three brothers. Her birth father is out of the picture. She does have a paternal aunt who lives in the north, who is willing for her to come live with her. My client turns 14 in 3 months. In GA at 14 a child can petition to live with another parent. I don't know about an aunt, an out of state aunt. I also don't know how she should go about getting help. She has told me about leaving the house in freezing weather and not being allowed back in. ( I was just told about it and have no evidence. Were I to call DFCS they would do nothing but make her parents more angry. Help

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Georgia

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No this has just come to my attention and I wanted to find out what rights she had before I made things worse for her.

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Thank you for your patience and thank you for using Just Answer. I want to provide you the best service I can. Please feel free to ask any follow up questions you have.

I am an attorney with 30 years of experience; I hope to provide you information that will help you in resolving your question.

This is a very difficult and delicate situation.

Under Georgia Law you are obligated to file a report to DCFS under the Mandated Reporter Law - O.C.G.A. §19-7-5 (2016).

See this link and the language of the Law.

https://oca.georgia.gov/mandated-reporting

It is difficult because of the religious issues. It would be very good for you not to focus on that motivation of the parents when you make a report.

As far as the out of State Aunt, DCFS is obligated to try to place the child with family whenever possible. Certainly if the Aunt contact DCFS they can help expedite that process. Also the Aunt may wish to file a Petition in Georgia County Court where the child resides petitioning for emergency custody of a neglected child.

This would be the best chance for the child to get into a safe situation.

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