Parent

Defined in section 2(1) of the YCJA to include, in respect of a young person, “any person who is under a legal duty to provide for the young person or any person who has, in law or in fact, the custody or control of the young person, but does not include a person who has the custody . . . of the young person by reason only of proceedings” under the YCJA. It may include a biological parent, a legal guardian, or a child protection agency for youths who have been made an agency ward.