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What are the first initial steps in making a ungovernable,

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What are the first initial steps in making a ungovernable, out of control adolescent a ward of the state?
If all else fails, including Division of Child & Family Services, therapy, crisis intervention, etc, then the only other option available is to go to the juvenile court and file a petition to have the child declared ungovernable. This would make the child a ward of the state and eligible for foster care. Ordinarily, there is a hearing scheduled and the parent making such request is required to present evidence to the court of all actions taken to try and help the child and control the situation, and how those efforts have failed, and why state care is in the child's best interest.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Can this petition process be executed by the parents themselves or is it usually filed by a hired a family lawyer?

Usually by family lawyer, a lawyer can be hired for full representation or for helping with the paperwork. Lawyers are a big help, because getting through the legal process, especially in juvenile court, can be pretty complex. But, there is nothing that says you have to hire a lawyer. The parents can represent themselves, forms are available in the legal section of the local legal, county, or university library. Sometimes even the court has forms.

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