Wednesday, August 7, 2019
IN THE JUVENILE COURT OF HABERSHAM COUNTY
STATE OF GEORGIA
IN THE INTEREST OF:
(A Child under the age of 18 years)
CASE NO: 19-JU-0049
SUMMONS AND PROCESS
TO:Megan McCoy, Mother
Kevin Neace, Legal Father
Any other persons claiming to have a parental interest in the minor child named above born to Jessica Worley, formerly known as Jessica Stewart, on the date/s above-listed.
You are hereby notified that a Petition for Termination of Parental Rights was filed before the Habersham County Juvenile Court by the Georgia Department of Human Services by and through its' agent Habersham Department of Family and Children Services (hereinafter referred to as "the Department"). You are hereby commanded personally or by attorney to be and appear at the Habersham County Juvenile Court for a hearing to be held at the Habersham County Courthouse, 295 Llewellyn Street, Clarkesville, GA 30523, on the 25th day of September, 2019, at 9:00 a.m., and at a final hearing at the Habersham County Courthouse, 295 Llewellyn Street, Clarkesville, GA 30523, on the 9th day of October, 2019, at 9:00 a.m., then and there to answer the Department's Petition for Termination of Parental Rights and to answer why the Department's prayers for relief should not be granted. The findings of fact and orders of disposition made pursuant to the provisional hearing will become the final order by this Court unless the parents appear at the final hearing. The final hearing is only for the parent(s) who do not appear personally, or by attorney, at the provisional hearing.
That by reason of this Court's Order for Service by Publication dated the 25th day of July 2019, you are hereby commanded and required to file with the Clerk of said Court, and serve upon Kerry B. Morris, counsel for Habersham Department of Family and Children Services, whose address is P.O. Box 901, Cleveland, GA 30528, an answer to the Petition for Termination of Parental Rights within sixty (60) days of the date of the Order for Service by Publication.
NOTICE OF EFFECT OF
Georgia law provides that you can permanently lose your rights as a parent. A petition to terminate parental rights has been filed requesting the court to terminate your parental rights to your child. A copy of the Petition for Termination of Parental Rights in reference to the above-named child may be obtained from the Clerk's office located at the courthouse in Habersham County, during business hours. Court hearing(s) of your case has been scheduled to be heard at by this Court at the location, date and times as stated above. If you fail to appear, the court can terminate your parental rights in your absence.
If the court at the trial finds that the facts set out in the petition to terminate parental rights are true and that termination of your rights will serve the best interests of your child, the court can enter a judgment ending your rights to your child.
If the judgment terminates your parental rights, you will no longer have any rights to your child. This means that you will not have the right to visit, contact, or have custody of your child or make any decisions affecting your child or your child's earnings or property. Your child will be legally freed to be adopted by someone else.
Even if your parental rights are terminated:
(1)You will be responsible for providing financial support (child support payments) for your child's care unless and until your child is adopted; and
(2)Your child can still inherit from you unless and until your child is adopted.This is a very serious matter. You should contact an attorney immediately so that you can be prepared for the court hearing. You have the right to hire an attorney and to have him or her represent you. If you cannot afford to hire an attorney, the court will appoint an attorney if the court finds that you are an indigent person. Whether or not you decide to hire an attorney, you have the right to attend the hearing of your case, to call witnesses on your behalf, and to question those witnesses on brought against you.
If you have any questions concerning this notice, you may call the telephone number of the clerk's office which is: (706) 839-0330.
SO ORDERED, this 25th day of July 2019.
s/B. Nichole Carswell
Honorable B. Nichole Carswell, Judge
Juvenile Court, Mountain Judicial Circuit