My daughter is 17 years old she is bipolar unspecified and adhd. She has become a ward of the court as of her last court date 7/7/12. She has runaway for a month at a time (12/11), been arrested for stealing (9/11). At her final court date she had 5 charges against her. She plead guilty to 1 charge. She is now on formal probation and a "ward of the court". What does that mean? She is now in a mental health hospital for trying to hurt herself. Does this mean I have no authority on when she can be released from the hospital? She was being held on a 5150, as of yesterday its a 5250 i did sign a volontary hold form but I now think that was a mistake. Im confused and afraid that I no longer have a say in her day to day health and care. Any advise or knowledge would greatly appreciated.