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Asked on: 10/11/01, 1:49 pm

ward of the state, male, 16 yrs. old, pregnant 15 yr. old girlfriend

A friend of mine is having problems understanding the law regarding her 16 yr. old son. He was made a ward of the state in 1995 through severance and adoption. His 15 yr/ old girlfriend is now pregnant and he is currently listed as a runaway from his foster home/Durango. Will he be subject to arrest/confinement from the authorities for being a runaway? He is being responsible as a father to his girlfriend and is trying to help her out in any way he can. She stays in the hospital 24 hrs. a day and will do so until she delivers. Due date Jan. 28, 2002. Are there any emancipation laws which can free him from the status of Ward of the State due to these current changes? This we hope will allow him to be solely responsible for his livelihood and support and no longer a Ward of the State?

Any information you can give will be greatly appreciated.

Thank-You Ken

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