In a dispute arising out of the removal of a child from her foster family and placement with another foster family, based on the Social Services Agency's (SSA) mistaken belief in exigent circumstances requiring removal, the trial court's judgment in favor of the second foster family is affirmed where the court did abuse its discretion under the difficult circumstances presented. Although what happened to the first foster family was wrong, and could have been prevented had regulations and policies been in place allowing the foster parents to promptly challenge the grounds for removal before SSA placed the child with another couple, the court declines to offer guidance on how to avoid similar occurrences in the future, as any guidance would amount to an advisory opinion and would potentially violate the separation of powers doctrine.

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Apr 10, 2018
When the local government distributes property tax bills, the majority of property owners assume that they cannot be challenged. On the contrary, local tax assessors generate property tax assessments,…
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Mar 02, 2018
When it comes to the crime of shoplifting, laws vary by state, with some acknowledging the crime as a misdemeanor, while others label it a felony. In Georgia, however, shoplifting can be classified as…
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Feb 08, 2018
For family members reeling from the sudden loss of a loved one in a traffic-related accident, few words suffice. Even more devastating is when they learn that their loved one’s death could have been prevented.
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Jan 23, 2018
Because driving is considered a privilege in Georgia, a driving record for all residents is maintained through the Department of Driver Services.
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