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You'll have to rephrase your question in order to get a clear answer. Are you asking why a state may have authority over and responsibility for children located within it's boundaries?

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You may be referring to "parens patriae"? This is Latin for "father of his country," the term for the doctrine that the government is the ultimate guardian of all people under a disability, especially children, whose care is only "entrusted" to their parents. Under this doctrine, in a divorce action or a guardianship application the court retains jurisdiction until the child is 18 years old, and a judge may change custody, child support or other rulings affecting the child's well-being, no matter what the parents may have agreed or the court previously decided.

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