SEC. 43-23-19. Support of child committed for study or care.
Sections 43-23-1, 43-23-3, 43-23-5, 43-23-7, 43-23-9, 43-23-11, 43-23-13, 43-23-15, 43-23-17, 43-23-19, 43-23-21, 43-23-23, 43-23-25, 43-23-27, 43-23-29, 43-23-31, 43-23-33, 43-23-35, 43-23-37, 43-23-39, 43-23-41, 43-23-43, 43-23-45, 43-23-47, 43-23-49, 43-23-51, 43-23-53 and 43-23-55, Mississippi Code of 1972, which provide for the establishment and operation of family courts, are repealed.
Whenever legal custody of a child is given by the court to someone other than his parents, or when a child is given medical, psychological, or psychiatric study or treatment under order of the court, and no provision is otherwise made by law for the support of the child or for payment of such treatment, compensation for the study and treatment of the child, when approved by order of the court, shall be charged upon the county where the child has legal residence. After giving the parent a reasonable opportunity to be heard, the court may order and decree that the parent shall pay, in such manner as the court may direct, a reasonable sum that will cover in whole or in part the support and treatment of the child given after the decree is entered. If the parent willfully fails or refuses to pay such sum, the court may proceed against him as for contempt, or the order may be filed and shall have the effect of a civil judgment.
Compensation may be made to a nongovernmental agency provided that it shall make periodical reports to the court or to an agency designated by the court concerning the care and treatment the child is receiving and his response to such treatment. These reports shall be made as frequently as the court deems necessary and shall be made with respect to every such child at intervals not exceeding six (6) months. The agency shall also afford an opportunity for a representative of the court or of an agency designated by the court to visit, examine, or consult with the child as frequently as the court deems necessary.
Whenever the court shall adjudicate any child to be a neglected, dependent, or delinquent child, or in need of support, and after giving the parents a reasonable opportunity to be heard, may order and decree that the parents in such manner and to such person as the court may direct pay a reasonable sum that will cover in whole or in part the support of said child or children. The court may tax the cost of collecting and distributing of such money so collected an amount not to exceed five per cent (5%) of such amount so collected. If the parent willfully fails or refuses to pay such sum, the court may proceed against him as for contempt and the court may also enter a judgment which shall have the effect of a civil judgment.
SOURCES: Codes, 1942, Sec. 7187-10; Laws, 1964, ch. 328, Sec. 10, eff from and after passage (approved May 22, 1964). This section is repealed by Laws 1999, Ch. 432, Sec. 2 when such law is effectuated under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended and extended.