Go back to court with or without an attorney and present your son's views to the court. So long as you are willing, and absent any red flags about the home that you can provide, a court is highly likely to give great weight to the choice of a child who is 16. You might want to consider filing an emergency expedited notice of the legal proceeding. It is important to counsel your son to have patience and trust in your diligent efforts to bring his choices to the attention of the court. It will not serve him over the long-run to be detained as a runaway, and could make his situation worse.
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