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The mere act of a child residing with someone other than the parent or legal guardian does not constitute abandonment. Abandonment is legally defined as the act of leaving a person without the necessities of life (food, shelter, lack of financial means, etc.) when it pertains to a child it is usually considered endangement. If the adult allows the child to reside in their home without attempting to resolve the situation by contacting the parents or authorities the law will presume the adult caregiver consented to the arrangement. The law generally considers temporary custody as (3 months or less) and there not being a necessity of a court order. That is with the assumption that the parents of the minor have consented to the arrangement. Any adult who allows a minor child to reside in their home without the knowledge and/or consent of the parents can be subject to civil and criminal penalties. I

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