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How can we get a 15 year old son out of stranger's house?

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Hello, we have a runway child of 15 years old. He stays at a strangers house - a woman of 36. We tried to take him from her; however, he keeps coming back to her house. Each time we report him to a police as a runaway. They catch him, bring home and he leaves again. The woman has 2-3 other teenagers living with her(she fosters them) and 2 small kids of her own. Each time police comes to her house, she denies that our son lives there. Although we know he does 100% and have witnesses. Our son and some of her teenage kids were caught recently with marijuana. Since they are minors the case didn;t go to juvenile court. It was sent to some juvenile program. One time when we came for our son, we were able to see that she had "dirty" living conditions at her house and it smelled like they smoke something inside. We believe that it is marijuana. Since our son lives at her house he completely stopped going to school and became very aggressive. Is there anything we can do to take him out of that house? We have been to court; however, nobody is able to advice us anything in this situation. We have been in this situation for over a month now. If our son doesn't come to that juvenile program, they are going to re-schedule it and if he doens;t come, they will send it back to juvenile court. Can we get some kind of restriction order against that woman? Can we forcefully place him in some residential facility for treatment ?

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Hello, we have a runway child of 15 years old. He stays at a strangers house - a woman of 36. We tried to take him from her; however, he keeps coming back to her house.

Have you spoken with the woman about the situation? Have you spoken with your son to discuss whatever issues are causing him to runaway constantly?

Each time police comes to her house, she denies that our son lives there. Although we know he does 100% and have witnesses.

Perhaps she is being precise with her words. He doesn't live there; he's just staying there temporarily.

Is there anything we can do to take him out of that house?

I assume you mean something more permanent than what you've been doing. You certainly can seek a restraining order against the woman. Have you considered some sort of military academy or similar institution for troubled teens?

We have been to court; however, nobody is able to advice us anything in this situation.

I'm not sure what this means. For what purpose have you "been to court"? Whom are you expecting to advise you?

Can we forcefully place him in some residential facility for treatment ?

Probably. Of course, specifics depend on the laws of your unidentified state.

I strongly suggest you consult with a local attorney and start googling resources for parents with troubled teens.

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I agree with the previous poster, this is a matter you may want to discuss with a local Lawyer to address and advise you of your options.

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