Sorry about the long thread title. This is my situation: My nephew, 15 years old, is a ward of the state. I found out today that he ran away from the facility he was housed in. In upstate NY January, is living somewhere out on the streets. His parents are fuck ups and had more chances than they ever deserved to be decent parents. His mother is in rehab and his father is in prison. My daughter was letting him stay with her, but the case worker slipped a warrant under her door and told her that if he is found there SHE will be arrested. This effectively drove a child from the only stable family member who was willing to care for him in order for the state to flush him out into the open. I want to take custody of him. The state is treating this fifteen year old boy as if HE was a problem to be solved instead of a child, and every adult that was supposed to care for him abdicated responsibility for doing so. In spite of this, the mother retains custody, albeit not physical, that is to say she still has rights to him, and he reamins in the system. The parents can't or won't, and the state did a PISS poor job of trying to keep my nephew safe and in school. I'm fairly sure that if I get a shot at the mom she'll agree to sign away her rights. I would never restrict access, but I would insist on full custody. I'll be on the phone with the case worker tomorrow, and in front of the judge soon after that. I need to know what to say to obtain custody. I would appreciate any advice offered. He's a great kid. He thinks he's alone in the world. I'll break the law if I have to to bring him home, but I want to keep him here when I do.