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- Delaware Code (select sections)
- Title 10. Courts and Judicial Procedures
- Part 1. Organization, Powers, Jurisdiction and Operation of Courts
- Chapter 9. THE FAMILY COURT OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE
- Subchapter I. Organization, Administration and Operation
- Subchapter II. Jurisdiction and Powers
- Subchapter III. Procedure
- Part C. Adult Proceedings
- Part D. Protection From Abuse Proceedings.
- Part E. Interstate Enforcement of Domestic Violence Protection Orders
- Title 11. Crimes and Criminal Procedure
- Part I. Delaware Criminal Code
- Chapter 2. GENERAL PROVISIONS CONCERNING OFFENSES
- Chapter 5. SPECIFIC OFFENSES
- Subchapter II. Offenses Against the Person
- Subpart A. Assaults and Related Offenses
- Subpart D. Sexual Offenses
- Subpart E. Kidnapping and Related Offenses
- Subpart F. Coercion
- Subchapter III. Offenses Involving Property
- Subpart B. Criminal Trespass and Burglary
- Subchapter VII. Offenses Against Public Health, Order and Decency
- Subpart A. Riot, Disorderly Conduct and Related Offenses
- Subpart E. Offenses Involving Deadly Weapons and Dangerous Instruments
- Title 13. Domestic Relations
- Chapter 1. MARRIAGE
- Chapter 5. DESERTION AND SUPPORT
- Subchapter I. Duty to Support
- Chapter 7. PARENTS AND CHILDREN
- Subchapter I. General Provisions
- Subchapter II. Custody Proceedings
- Chapter 7A. CHILD PROTECTION FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEX OFFENDERS ACT
- Subchapter I. Child Protection from Domestic Violence Act
- Chapter 8. UNIFORM PARENTAGE ACT
- Subchapter II. Parent-Child Relationship
- Chapter 15. DIVORCE AND ANNULMENT
- CHAPTER 19. UNIFORM CHILD CUSTODY JURISDICTION AND ENFORCEMENT ACT
- Subchapter II. Jurisdiction
- Chapter 23. GUARDIANSHIP OF A CHILD
- Subchapter I. Definitions and Jurisdiction
- Subchapter II. General Procedures for Appointment of Guardians
- Subchapter III. Guardian of the Child
- Subchapter V. Permanent Guardianships for Children
- Chapter 24. THIRD PARTY VISITATION
- Subchapter I. General Provisions
- Subchapter II. Third Party Visitation Proceedings
- Chapter 25. DSCYF CUSTODY
- Subchapter II. Dscyf Custody Proceedings
Subchapter I. Definitions and Jurisdiction
For the purposes of this chapter, unless the context indicates differently:
(1) “Abuse” or “abused child” is as defined in § 901 of Title 10.
(2) “Adult” means a person who has reached his or her 18th birthday.
(3) “Best interests” is as defined in § 722 of this title.
(4) “Child” or “children” means persons who have not reached their 18th birthday.
(5) “Court” means the Family Court.
(6) “Department” means the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families.
(7) “Dependency” or “dependent child” is as defined in § 901 of Title 10.
(8) “Division” means the Division of Family Services of the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families.
(9) “Foster parent” means an individual or couple who has been approved by the Department or a licensed agency to provide foster care in exchange for foster care payments provided by the Department or a licensed agency.
(10) “Guardian ad litem” means an individual appointed by the Court to represent the best interests of a child, whether or not that reflects the wishes of the child, who by that individual’s appointment shall be a party to the child welfare proceeding.
(11) “Guardian” means a nonparent or an agency charged with caring for a child during the child's minority.
(12) “Neglect” or “neglected child” is as defined in § 901 of Title 10.
(13) “Parent” is as defined by § 8-201 of this title.
(14) “Parental responsibilities” means the care, support and control of the child in a manner that provides for the child's necessary physical needs, including adequate food, clothing and shelter, and that also provides for the mental and emotional health and development of such child.
(15) “Permanency” means the safe, stable, custodial environment in which a child is raised and the life-long relationship that child establishes with a nurturing caregiver.
73 Laws 2001, ch. 150, § 1, eff. July 10, 2001. Amended by 76 Laws 2007, ch. 136, §§ 9-12, eff. July 12, 2007; 77 Laws 2009, ch. 97, § 4, eff. July 7, 2009.