When you are legally responsible for another person, they are in your custody. Most parents have custody over their children.

The word custody brings with it the meaning of care for. When someone is in your custody, it is not just that they reside with you, it is that you are responsible for taking good care of them. If you are arrested, you will be taken into police custody. While there in jail, it is their responsibility to protect you from harm.

Definitions of custody
  1. noun
    (with `in') guardianship over; in divorce cases it is the right to house and care for and discipline a child
    “your guests are now in my custody
    “the mother was awarded custody of the children”
    synonyms: hands
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    type of:
    guardianship, keeping, safekeeping
    the responsibility of a guardian or keeper
  2. noun
    a state of being confined (usually for a short time)
    “he is in the custody of police”
    synonyms: detainment, detention, hold
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    type of:
    the state of being confined
  3. noun
    holding by the police
    “the suspect is in custody
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    type of:
    imprisonment, internment
    the act of confining someone in a prison (or as if in a prison)
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