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Can you adopt a runaway 17 year old?

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September 12, 2007 8:05PM

You can, BUT they either have to be wards of the state or their parents/legal gaurdians sign over parental rights to you.

If not, you could be charged with kidnapping or harboring a runaway. If the parents don't care the child is missing, they will most likely sign away their rights.