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Temporary options for non-parents

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If you are seeking temporary custody or guardianship of a minor who is not your biological child, there are a few options available in Gwinnett County.

School Enrollment and General Access

Effective September 1, 2018, Georgia law expands a parent’s right to appoint a caregiver for 1 year or less by executing a Power of Attorney. This document empowers the person caring for a child to enroll the child in school, obtain medical services and other access on behalf of a child. No Court action or filing fee is required. Click here to download the Power of Attorney for care of a Minor Child.

Visit our School Enrollment page for more information for registering your child in a Georgia school.


Probate Guardianship

Temporary Letters of Guardianship may be issued to a guardian who has been designated by the child’s parents.

WHERE:

Gwinnett County Probate Court

75 Langley Drive

Lawrenceville, Georgia

(770) 822-8250

  • Child is a resident of Georgia for the past six months or longer;
  • Parents’ consent (both parents, or the unwed mother’s consent if there is no prior custody determination);
  • The Court may waive the filing fees
Petition for Temporary Guardianship – Minor Child

Dependency

A petition for dependency may be filed with the Juvenile Court’s intake department. The Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) will be involved in conducting a home study and other services as directed by the Court. Background checks of the petitioner and other occupants in the home are usually required.

WHERE:

Gwinnett County Juvenile Court

115 Stone Mountain St. 

Lawrenceville, GA 30046

(770) 619-6300

  • Cannot obtain parents’ consent
  • Child has been abused, abandoned, or in need of the Court’s services
  • Some other emergency exists and the child needs protection
  • Child’s residency for six months is not necessary if there is an emergency involved
Juvenile Court Petition for Dependency