Permanent Custody Law and Legal Definition

Permanent custody refers to the legal status granted by a court to a public children services agency or a private child placing agency. When a court finds that awarding custody to the parent or parents would be detrimental to the child, and that awarding custody to a non-parent would be in the child's best interests, the court grants permanent custody to agencies. By this grant, an agency receives all parental rights, duties, and obligations including the right to consent for adoption.[ORC Ann. 2151.011]