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A dependent child is a child who does not have a parent willing or able to provide proper and effective parental care and control, a child who has not been provided with the basic necessities of life, such as food, clothing, and shelter, or a child whose home is unfit due to abuse or neglect. Abuse can include physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. Neglect means failing to provide for the child’s basic needs to such a degree that there is a risk of harm to the child as a result.

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Yes.  This is called an in-home dependency.  It is offered only during specific circumstances and for a certain amount of time.

It is very important to maintain excellent contact with your case manager.  You should discuss this issue carefully and fully with your attorney.

Always, yes.  Failure to do so may result in loss of parenting rights.

It depends on many factors, including the following: where criminal charges may be charged, where there is insufficient information allowing DCS to take custody of the child(ren) without the statements, and other factors.  You should consult an attorney before deciding what questions to answer and how much to cooperate.

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