Dependent Children

A "dependent child" is a child who is in need of proper and effective parental care and control and has no parent or guardian who is willing or capable of exercising that care and control.

A dependent child could also be a child who is destitute, or who is not provided with the necessities of life, including adequate food, clothing, shelter, or medical care, or where the home is "unfit" by reason of abuse, neglect, cruelty or depravity by a parent, guardian or other person having care or custody of the child.