Q: I have a 17 year old “runaway” that is living with me and my family. His father, and possibly mother, wants him home.
This 17 year old former soccer player that I’ve coached left his parent’s home and asked if I could help... he is currently staying with me and my wife (& 3 children). He is less than two months away from turning 18. His father is an alcoholic, and has been abusive- physically, verbally, and emotionally. There is a history with both law enforcement and DCFS; however, at some point, the minor is eventually sent back home. Following this last incident (which did not involve the police or DCFS), the 17 year old reached out to me for assistance. The next day, I met with both parents and the the teenager in an attempt to talk things through to a solution. The 17 year old is clearly fearful of his father, and his mother displays a tremendous amount of fear as well. After the meeting, both parents initially agreed to allow the individual to stay with me; however, after a week, the father is now threatening hospitalization for psychiatric evaluation. Any advice is greatly appreciated
A: You indicate that "both parents initially agreed to allow the individual to stay with me; however, after a week, the father is now threatening hospitalization for psychiatric evaluation. " I don't understand what you mean by "now threatening hospitalization for psychiatric evaluation" (hospitalization of the father or of the son?), but what you do not indicate is whether the parents have changed their mind about their son living with you. If one or both of them have, you need to get an attorney for the purposes of filing a petition with the court.
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