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U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans
Regulations: Part 300 / A / 300.45 / a

(a) General. Subject to paragraph (b) of this section, ward of the State means a child who, as determined by the State where the child resides, is--

(1) A foster child;

(2) A ward of the State; or

(3) In the custody of a public child welfare agency.