In children services cases legal custodians have parental rights. Recently, the Ninth District Court of Appeals determined that, when a children services agency files a complaint against a legal custodian that can lead to temporary or permanent custody, the legal custodian has many of the same rights afforded to parents.
In this case, a children services agency took permanent custody of a child from her grandmother who had legal custody of the child at the time the child was removed from her care. The trial court granted the grandmother some, but not all, the protections and rights granted to parents under Ohio law. As a result, the children services agency was granted permanent custody of the child.
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