Juvenile Court has jurisdiction over any child alleged to be deprived. OCGA 15-11-28.
Deprived means “without proper parental care or control, subsistence, education as required by law, or other care or control necessary for the child's physical, mental, or emotional health or morals.” OCGA 15-11-2(8).
“The definition of a deprived child focuses upon the needs of the child regardless of parental fault. The petition is brought on behalf of the child and it is the child's welfare and not who is responsible for the conditions which amount to deprivation that is the issue.”
In the Interest of J.P., 280 Ga. App. 100, 104-105 (2006)
SO HOW CAN A CHILD BE DEPRIVED “AS TO ONE PARENT ONLY?” In re: Tidwell, 279 Ga. App. 734 (2006)