The Act changes provisions relating to termination of parental rights when the child is not in the parent's custody. The Act makes the adoption of children easier by terminating parental rights in appropriate cases. The Act makes it more difficult for parents to circumvent termination by attempting to contact a child before the statutory time period for termination lapses. The Act ties together Title 15 and Title 19 of the Code so that the standards for adoption will be the same regardless of whether the case is heard in Juvenile or Superior Court. Finally, the Act updates adoption forms to match the General Assembly's changes over the past twenty years.
Georgia State University Law Review,
COURTS Termination of Parental Rights; Certain Termination: Amend Provisions Relating to Juvenile Proceedings and Parental Rights,
Ga. St. U. L. Rev.
Available at: https://readingroom.law.gsu.edu/gsulr/vol16/iss1/32