Chapter 32: Parents and Children
Responsibilities Between Parents
and Children There are many jobs, duties,
and responsibilities parents must fulfill when they have children.
For the most part, state laws regulate these important responsibilities.
For example, state laws require parents to care for and support
their children to the best of their ability, regardless of
whether the parents are married. Parents also have the duty
to ensure that their children receive an education and proper
medical and dental care. Parents who neglect their parental
rights can be punished according to state laws. However, once
a child reaches a certain age—usually 18—parents
are usually no longer legally bound to provide financial support
to that child.
Parents and children also have a responsibility
to each other. Some states have laws requiring the adult children
in a family to support their elderly or disabled parents.
In addition, children have a legal duty to follow their parents'
rules as long as those rules are not harmful or illegal.
Child Abuse and Neglect Child
abuse and neglect seriously affect the lives of many children
in the United States. For this reason, there are increased
security measures taken when people are applying for a job
to work with children. Employers typically send the fingerprints
of these individuals to the FBI to make sure that this person
does not have a history of child abuse. Anyone who suspects
that a child is being abused or neglected should always report
these concerns to the police. Children are usually removed
from the care of a parent or guardian who is convicted of