Juvenile Law

Legal Custody

“Legal custody” is a legal status that vests in the custodian the right to have physical care and control of the child. The legal custodian will determine where and with whom the child shall live. The custodian has the right and duty to protect, train, and discipline the child and to provide the child with food, shelter, education, and medical care.

Permanent Custody

“Permanent custody” is a legal status that vests in a public children services agency or a private child placing agency, all parental rights, duties, and obligations, including the right to consent to adoption. Permanent custody divests the natural parents or adoptive parents of all parental rights, privileges, and obligations, including all residual rights and obligations.

Temporary Custody

“Temporary custody” is legal custody of a child who is removed from the child’s home. Temporary custody may be terminated at any time at the discretion of the court.

Unruly Child

An “unruly child” is a child who does not submit to the reasonable control of the child’s parents, teachers, guardian, or custodian, by reason of being wayward or habitually disobedient. An unruly child may be fount when he or she is habitually truant from school if he or she has not been adjudicated an unruly child for being habitually truant from school. An unruly child is one that who behaves in a manner as to injure or endanger the child’s own health or morals or the health or morals of others.

Neglected Child

A “neglected child” is a child that is abandoned by the his or her parents, guardian, or custodian. A neglected child is one that lacks adequate parental care because of the faults or habits of the child’s parents, guardian, or custodian. A neglected child can be a child whose parents, guardian, or custodian neglects the child or refuses to provide proper or necessary subsistence, education, medical or surgical care or treatment, or other care necessary for the child’s health, morals, or well being. A neglected child can be a child whose parents, guardian, or custodian neglects the child or refuses to provide the special care made necessary by the child’s mental condition.

Abused Child

An “abused child” can be a child who is the victim of some sort of sexual activity. An abused child may be one that, because of the acts of his parents, guardian, or custodian, suffers physical or mental injury that harms or threatens to harm the child’s health or welfare. An abused child may be one who exhibits evidence of any physical or mental injury or death, inflicted other than by accidental means, or an injury or death which is at variance with the history given of it. An abused child can be one that exhibits evidence of corporal punishment or other physical disciplinary measure by a parent, guardian or custodian.

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