Q: Can a 17 year old leave home with an 18 year old and live together with the 18 year old helping to take care of them ?
This is a question with the laws of Tennessee because I frankly have no clue, and would love a more simple answer then a very long 5 page written answer preferably only a 2 page answer or shorter . Thank you ! And sorry .
A: If the parents of the 17 year old approve, then yes.
If the parents of the 17 year old do not approve, then maybe.
Maybe because . . . it exposes the 17 year old to a charge of juvenile "unruliness" and being placed in the protective custody of the Tennessee Department of Children's Services for services, if needed, with placement likely to be in a foster home until the juvenile turns 18. If services are deemed to not be needed then the juvenile would likely be placed back with the parents.
Depending on the circumstances, if the Tennessee Department of Children's Services gets involved, the parents may be hailed into court to answer a Petition for Dependency and Neglect filed against them by the state.
There's your less than two page answer.
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