I am sorry to hear this;
the age of emancipation in MD is 18, however there is case law that allows a child to be emancipated earlier. Please see Lucas v. Maryland Drydock Co, 182 Md. 54
Generally there must be some neglect/abuse by the parent, and the child must have some way of being self supporting (or able to rely on a third party for support).
if there are allegations of neglect/abuse, typically child protective services will get involved.
There is no statute that governs this so the court looks to case law and proceeds based on the particular circumstances of the case.
If a child is placed in imminent fear of harm (psychological/physical) child support services may step in and do an emergency placement.
It is also possible for a third party to apply for legal guardianship but that requires a court hearing, and if the parents are capable of adequately taking care of the child generally it will be denied unless the parents consent.
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