Title

Upon reaching the age of 13, youngsters in Maine can quit school, leave home and

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

10-19-1995

Pages

4-5

Abstract

Upon reaching the age of 13, youngsters in Maine can quit school, leave home and live on the streets, and the state or the kid's parents can't do anything about it. Portland's Lighthouse Shelter provided services for 243 teenagers during 1994, with an average stay of around nine nights for each kid. Maine children cannot be forced to accept services such as housing or counseling, and the only way they can be forced into foster care or substance abuse treatment programs is if it's determined they're a danger to themselves or others. Details.

Subjects

Children -- Law

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