• IN THE JUVENILE COURT OF SUMTE...

IN THE JUVENILE COURT OF SUMTER COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA In the Interests of: SDD; MALE; DOB: 03/30/2018/, CASE NO.: 120-19J-160, A CHILD UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE NOTICE OF SUMMONS TO: KIARA LASHAWN DEED, JARVIS Q. MITCHELL and ANY UNKNOWN PUTATIVE FATHER: YOU ARE HEREBY COMMANDED AND REQUIRED to appear before the Juvenile Court of Sumter County, Georgia, at the courtroom of the Sumter County Courthouse, 500 West Lamar Street, Americus, Georgia 31709, on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at 10 a.m. The hearing is for the purpose of terminating your parental rights. You are commanded to lay any and all business aside and to be and appear before the Juvenile Court of Sumter County, Georgia, and to remain in attendance from hour to hour, day to day, month to month, year to year, and time to time, as said case may be continued, until discharged by the Court. NOTICE OF EFFECT OF TERMINATION JUDGMENT Georgia law provides that you can permanently lose your rights as a parent. You are hereby notified that the above-styled action seeking a Petition for Termination of Parental Rights of said child was filed in said Court on August 15, 2019, and an Order for Service by Publication entered by the Court on August 15, 2019. A free copy of the Petition can be obtained from the Clerk of this Court during business hours. If you fail to appear, the Court can terminate your rights in your absence. If the Court at the trial finds that the facts set out in the Petition for Termination of Parental Rights are true and that termination of your rights will serve the best interest of your child, the Court can enter a judgment ending your rights to your child. The general nature of the allegations is that the child is a dependent child in that he is neglect and/or abused, and in need of the protection of the Court; that the parents have failed, without justifiable cause, to care for the child, form a parental bond with the child, or provide support for the child for the past 12 months or more. The child is in the custody of the Sumter County Department of Family and Children Services. 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 free to be adopted by someone else. Even if your parental rights are terminated: (1) You will still 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 brought against you. If you have any questions concerning this notice, you may call the telephone number of the clerk's office which is (229) 928-4569. WITNESS the Honorable Lisa C. Jones, Judge of said Court. This 21st day of August, 2019. Nancy Jimenez, Deputy Clerk of Juvenile Court Southwestern Judicial Circuit