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Can a pregnant 15-year-old be emancipated if her father is abusive and will not allow her to live with the father of her baby?

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01/21/2007

A 15-year-old is not eligible for emancipation in any of the few states that have grounds and procedures for the act. If the minor needs assistance due to being in an abusive environment and/or her pregnancy she should contact the state's division of child protective services. Please be advised, if an investigation finds that the minor has been subjected to abuse and/or neglect she will be taken into custody by social services and placed in a group or foster home to await a court hearing to determine what action, if any is needed. Regardless of the findings of an investigation the judge will not allow the minor female to move in with the father of her child. The court will either remand her back into the custody of her parents or declare the minor to be under the protection of the state and place her with a legal guardian or in a foster or group home. Birthright, 1-800-550-4900, http://www.birthright.org (for medical, counseling and legal assistance). National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-422-4453 or 1-800-252-2873 National Council on Child Abuse and Family Violence website, http://www.nccafv.org