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Family Law Keyed to Wadlington
Parham v. J.R.
Citation:442 U.S. 584
J.R. was declared a neglected child and removed from his biological parents when he was three months old. He was placed in seven different foster homes and at seven, he was placed in Central State Hospital. Immediately before his hospitalization, he received out-patient treatment at a county mental health center for several months. He then began attending school where he had behavioral problems and his last foster parents requested he be removed from their home. The Department of Child Services then sought his admission at Central State. Georgia’s Mental Health Director has not published any statewide regulations defining specific procedures each superintendent must employ when admitting a child under 18. Instead, each regional hospital’s superintendent is responsible for the procedures in their facility.
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