LegalWays: Living Away From Home

Lesson Duration

By Jennifer Bloom and Sally Revak

This lesson from the LegalWays curriculum focuses on emancipation, which is a difficult area to understand because there is no specific Minnesota statute that lists the requirements and the procedure to become emancipated.  This lesson describes emancipation and how it occurs using a student reading with guiding questions. In some states, the law provides specific procedure for emancipation.


  • Understand the function of the people involved in the juvenile protection area.
  • Learn about the legal rights and responsibilities of parents and children.
  • Understand the various ways in which the juvenile system attempts to take of care of juveniles and their families.
  • Learn where to go for help.

Time to Complete

One class period

Materials Needed


See Juvenile Protection Teaching Guide


LegalWays curriculum was funded by Grant No. 95-JS-FX-0300 from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice.


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