Parental Options For Out Of Control Teens Part 2: Youth In Crisis Law, Emancipation, And Petitions 

November 29, 2019 Off By Dennis Rhodes

This article is all about options for parents if their teens are runaways and out of control. If you haven’t read Parental Options For Out-Of-Control Teens Part 1, I suggest you read that first before this one. This article will make a lot more sense after you’re done with the first one. 




Youth In Crisis Law 

Youth in crisis law states that the Juvenile Court shall assume the responsibility of teens 16 to 17 years of age. These teens couldn’t be kept under their parents’ control and have them run away from home. Teens in “youth crisis” allow:  

  • Referral of problematic teens to court 
  • Court orders the child to get involved in community services and other related activities
  • The court can impose legal orders 

(I applied the youth in crisis law with my son.) 


Defining Youth In Crisis 




Youth in Crisis involves teens ages 16 to 17 years old. These kids: 

  • Have run away from home within the last two years without a valid cause 
  • Are beyond parental control 
  • Have four inexcusable absences in a month 



The child shall be referred to the court, and a petition must be filed by the parent or a legal guardian.  

The petition should include the following details:  

  • The full name of the child, gender, birthday, and present residence 
  • The guardian’s full name and address and the reason for referral 
  • The action expected of the petitioner from the court 


Court Action 

By law, the chief administrator needs to impose policies in determining the eligibility of the youth for court supervision. Upon learning of the qualification, the court can enforce the following:  

  • Denying the teen to drive a vehicle for a period 
  • Mandating the kid to get involved with community services 
  • Commanding the youth to attend an education program accredited by the court 
  • Instructing the child to undergo substance or mental health therapy services 


Exploring Emancipation  

Emancipation allows minors to have the same rights as adults. It also frees the parents from their responsibility on the child including financial support and guidance. It takes place automatically when the child turns 18, but for minors, it allows them to get into new relationships. They can get married and build a family of their own.  



Petitions for emancipation can be filed in Juvenile courts where the child is located.  The said petition must be duly signed under court oath. Included as requirements are as follows:  

  • Details of the child on why he was submitted to the court 
  • The child’s full name, gender, birth date, and address 
  • The guardian’s full name and address  
  • The petitioner’s full name and their relationship to the child 


Court Procedures

The post-petition system’s outcome will depend if the filing is done in Juvenile courts or Probate. Probate courts hold case hearings within 30 days upon receiving the petition. The judge must first order an investigation. He will also have to appoint a lawyer who will represent the child in court. The judge will then request an assessment from a mental health professional if it is necessary for the case. This request can also be conducted by the teen’s guardian, if necessary.  




In Juvenile courts, on the other hand, there are no deadlines for emancipation cases. The following requirements are required for Juvenile courts, among others which the courts will impose at any time: 

  • Investigation report 
  • Appointment of counsel for the child 
  • Appoint a counsel for the guardians/parents 


Effects Of Emancipation 

Upon granting the emancipation petition, the minor can already:  

  • Get medical services without parental consent 
  • Sign contracts and other legal transactions  
  • Be sued and can sue in his name 
  • Have complete control over his finances 
  • Sell and buy properties 
  • Have his own home  
  • Enroll in school 
  • Get a driver’s license 
  • Other transactions without parental consent 


The DCF (Department of Children and Families) should not neglect or abuse emancipated petitions. Emancipation frees the parents from guardianship, legal duties, and liability for the minor’s actions.  

I felt the need to discuss this because it’s an option and it’s the law. But I made my decision years ago. I could have allowed my son to this emancipation thing, but I didn’t. I believe that as a parent, you have to shape and mold your child. If I gave up on my son just because he was rebellious or uncontrollable, then I’m a useless parent. My words don’t describe other parents who have allowed emancipation in their teens. It’s my opinion, and I don’t expect others to side with me. 




Like what I said in the first part, my marriage crumbled. I don’t blame my son for that. In fact, it’s half my fault why I had a divorce. Anyway, I have already recovered from that moment in my life. My ex-husband and I are now good friends again, and my son is walking the right path, at least. I will never change the course of my life because no matter how hard it was back then, my family is in the right place right now. And that’s what’s important.