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Thank you for your question.
Who told you that you had to give the piano and laptop to him?
Were either of those items a gift to him?
No one can order you to surrender property other than a Judge. DYFS is out of line and does not have any legal authority to make you give away a piano or computer.
You could tell DYFS something like, with all due respect, you will give up those items only if there is a written Court order that requires you to do so.
By the way, legally, minors cannot own property.
I hope this information is helpful.
I have to ask which State this is in to look up the emancipation laws.
NJ only allows a minor to be emancipated if he is self supporting.
Is there a juvenile court case already pending?
If your son self supporting?
Is he attending school?
You can forward his mail to the address where he is staying.
Complaints to the police or DYFS are generally privileged, even if false, but I think you should file a police report anyway and tell the police that the boy is beyond your control and incorrigible.
NJ law is unusual in that even though it defines the age of majority as 18 it also allows judges to order support past that age. But it is not likely you would be ordered to support a child who ran away from home and stole from you.
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The situation sounds so out of hand that I strongly urge you to consult a local attorney.