A person who is under the age of 18, for legal purposes, is considered to be a child. There are a few states that the age of majority is set at seventeen or nineteen. Basic needs are received for the children who are living with their parents. If the child is not living with the parents, the state must provide these basic services.
It is required by all states that the parents of a child administer basic necessities. The basic necessities that are required are things such as: food, clothing, housing, and health care. As a parent, if you are not supplying these basic needs, the government is able to step in. In different states there are services, which are known as Child Protective Services, which may have a different name depending on the state in which you reside, who can assist you with your family, extract the child from the home, or request to a judge to eliminate your parental rights.
Children who are in foster care need to be assured by the state that they will have their basic needs covered. The state must also guarantee that they will also be guarded from neglect and abuse. If possible, children have the liberty to be places in a home that is both stable and permanent.
Children have the right to an attorney, the same way in which adults do in certain circumstances. For example, If a child is accused of a crime, they have the right to legal representation. A judge will appoint an attorney to you at no cost to the parents, if you can not one. In cases such as abuse and neglect, there are twenty eight states and the District of Columbia, that a judge must appoint an attorney for the child.
You can list the people who will acquire your belongings, if you have left a will. The states are able to decide who will obtain your property if you don’t leave a will. All children whether adopted or natural have the right to inherit from their parents, in all states. In some states, the adopted child has the ability to inherit from both the adoptive and the natural parents.