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Art. 1511.  Definitions

As used in this Chapter:

(1)  "Legal custody" means a legal status created by court order that vests in a custodian the right to have physical custody of the child and the right and duty to protect, train, and discipline and to provide food, shelter, education, and ordinary medical care, all subject to any residual parental rights and responsibilities.

(2)  "Physical custody" means the duty and authority to provide care for a child in the home of the custodian.

(3)  "Voluntary transfer of custody" is a parent's knowing and voluntary relinquishment of legal custody to an agency, institution, or individual, subject to residual parental rights retained by the parent and under such terms and conditions that enable the child to receive adequate care and treatment.

Acts 1991, No. 235, §15, eff. Jan. 1, 1992; Acts 2011, No. 128, §1.

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