T3h IiFfY Ov D0oM!!@!1 (iffi) wrote in little_details,
T3h IiFfY Ov D0oM!!@!1

Police, Social Services, Hospitals and Teenage Orphans (Incredibly vague, I'm sorry).

A slightly strange and terribly vague (series of?) question(s) is what I come with today, I'm afraid. I would've googled it/them, however the problem occured when I realised that I hadn't a clue as to what I would start looking with, so I figured I'd try my luck here and see what kind of a response I got.

In my story, I have a pair of homeless orphans (brother and sister) who are living in modern-day America (as to the exact whereabouts, I've yet to figure out). The brother is the older of the two, between the ages of 17-18, and the sister, 16-17. When it so happens that a fight occurs, leaving the older brother badly injured and unconscious and the sister considerably injured as well (though still conscious), she realises that she must get help if her brother is to survive. Insert dynamic interlude here, and they wind up at the local ER.

Now, I'm assuming that after things have been explained to the hospital staff about the pair's circumstances, that the police would get involved. I'm also assuming that Social Services would get involved too. My problem is what comes after that.

What would happen to them after they were fit to leave hospital? Please, correct me if I'm wrong by saying that surely, after their situation has come to the realisation of the council, they wouldn't just be thrown out onto the streets again.

Some of the things I need to know concern things like housing, financing, therepy/counselling (seeing as both of them have been through a lot of trauma in their lives), education (if any), and exactly how much would be forced upon them, seeing as how neither of them are 'of age'. Any other information is greatly appreciated too.

Again, my apologies for the vagueness of the question. Thank you for any help in advance.

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