Definitions for "Dependent Child"
Keywords:  guardian, ward, child, neglect, custody
Once the child is removed from his home, he and his parents become formally involved with the juvenile or dependency court system, and the child is considered in state custody and generally a ward or dependent of the court.
Any child under the age of 18, age of 19 if still in high school, who is not emancipated, self supporting, or a member of the armed forces and who is a recipient of public assistance or Medicaid benefits.
a child the parent or guardian claimed as a dependent of the parent or guardian's tax return