§ 14-3-1. Power to take custody of children.
Any orphanage or society organized and incorporated under the laws of this state for the care of orphans and needy children, and having a license for that purpose from the department of children, youth, and families, is authorized and empowered to take and have, from time to time, the exclusive care, custody, and control of children during their minority, in cases as follows:
(1) When any child shall have been committed to its care during minority, under the decree of any court; and
(2) When any child shall have been committed to its care during minority, by the written consent of both parents of the child, unless their joint natural guardianship has been superseded by an order, decree, decision, or judgment, regarding the care and custody of the child, or by the appointment of a legal guardian of the person of the child, in which event written consent shall be signed by the person legally entitled to the care and custody of the child, or by the legal guardian of the person of the child.
(G.L. 1896, ch. 197, § 1; G.L. 1909, ch. 248, § 1; G.L. 1923, ch. 293, § 1; P.L. 1926, ch. 854, § 1; G.L. 1938, ch. 422, § 1; impl. am. P.L. 1939, ch. 660, § 80; G.L. 1956, § 14-3-1; Reorg. Plan No. 1, 1970.)