This kid who isn't my son but he's been under my care for about a year now and his father is in jail and his mother wants nothing to do with him hes 17 and will be 18 in two months he has court tomorrow and no parent to be there for him, could I be there for him like vouch as his parent even though I don't have any legal rights over him, I don't want him to go by himself and get taken away
You may certainly accompany him to the building, sit in the audience and support him that way.
You may not speak on his behalf or represent him.
Has he asked for a public defender (assuming he is facing criminal charges). What kind of court? Small claims? General District? Criminal? Civil?
What is mother wants is outrageous. She should be reported to CPS immediately.
Yes, technically someone with legal custody over the minor is supposed to come. It says so on the petition for delinquency (the “charge”).
But you can certainly go with him and try to give him good advice and encouragement. If the court asks Him where his parents are, he can explain why they’re not there. And let the court know you have come to support him.
The judge may be very interested in your input, since you are the only adult parental figure who cares about this young man.
Just be clear that you have no legal custody of this person, but you want to help him however you can.
I concur with Mr. Rafter. Go with him, be prepared to explain, and be prepared to be shut down and asked to not participate. Good luck!
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