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The age of majority in Alabama is 19. That means parents are responsible for their children until their 19th birthdays. Ala. Code, Section 26-1-1. If your child is a ward of the state, the state can seek financial contribution from you until that time (at which point they'd release her).
The state could get a judgment against you for support, and that could appear on your credit.
If she's in a youth home due to behavioral issues, it's not likely they would prosecute you for child neglect.
That's awful. I'm sorry to hear that. You could press charges against her.
The only way to terminate your legal obligation to support her until her next birthday is ***** file to have her emancipated. However, that requires a showing that she is able to support herself through a job. If she's receiving support from the state, even though your feelings are 100% understandable, you are still legally obligated to support her.