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I'm sorry to say, the only way a child can be legally emancipated is if she has the ability to support herself. 750 ILCS 30/3-2. She needs to have a job and be able to show the knowledge and maturity to manage her own affairs before she will be emancipated. If you believe that she's being abused, you have the ability to contact the state and ask them to intervene. The other option is to contact a local attorney about seeking to have her parents declared unfit and yourself appointed as her guardian until she turns 18. Here is more information on seeking to become someone's legal guardian.
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