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    My half sister was adopted by a cousin after being in the foster care system for a while. This cousin is not great to her, and she's ready to move out. She just turned 18. She was planning to move in with me and my family and just the other day her adopted mother told her that if she found out she moved in with us she would take her to court and since she herself (not us. Her) doesn't have a stable income or a car she could take her to court and have her sent back to live with her since the age of majority in Alabama is 19. Is this true? It sounds pretty fake to me that a court would send an 18 year old who has a roof over their head, schooling, clothes, and food, back to another place just because the parents complained in some way. She also told her she wouldn't help her financially even though she will still be getting money that is supposed to go to her, is there a way to get them to send her the money instead of her adopted parent? Or to at least get the money stopped?

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    Reply: Can a parent take you to court

    Thank you for writing to us here at the National Runaway Safeline.

    We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on.
    Since we are not legal experts we are adding a couple of legal referrals that might be able to give you or your half-sister some information about what legal options she might have.

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