So per this question- a month before the Police Officer meets the Runaway Child 'magic' suddenly appears in a 90s era Earth. Roughly 1 in 10,000 people start demonstrably using 'magic' and they can be anyone: man or woman, child or elder, no difference whatsoever between given humans.
Some of these magic-users have hidden, some reveal themselves and offer to help, and some promptly start trying to abuse these new powers. The abusers are especially eager to seek out and kill other magic-users because they can steal spells and raw power that way.
Now with that all said- I have a question, "What are the Police Officer's legal responsibilities for dealing with a runaway child and what he should do about them?"
There are, for this prompt, no unique laws to consider beyond typical 90s New York City law.
The Police Officer and his issue:
- He's a regular street cop, not any inherent child-based part of the force, he happened across the situation accidentally
- He has encountered a child who clearly does not belong to the family the child is living with- the family has absolutely no legal connection to the kid: not blood relation, not godparents, etc.
- The family (a married man and woman in their 20s) admits the above point after some prompting
- The child is 12 years old and doesn't want to cooperate with the police officer or any other person that isn't the family
- The child refuses to give any hints about where he's from: no real name, no real home, no names of real parents- his possessions have no hint either
- The family doesn't know where the kid is from and he refuses to tell them too
- The family is willing to feed and take care of him and the kid is willing to stay put with them
- The family is willing to cooperate with the police officer but maintain the child will run away if he gets upset and they cannot stop him from doing so
- It is understood by all parties that other magic-users will hunt the child down on-sight
- There are no magic-users at this point in the 90s NY police force or any other NY city 'authority' position like school-teachers, doctors, government, etc.
Somewhat related but the child can use magic to shatter brick walls, throw cars hundreds of feet, and tear apart metal plates. The magic functions (for him) as single instances of produced force on objects and/or people. The policer officer knows this but I don't believe that changes his legal obligations.