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I'm 17 with an 8 mo old I have ged can I leave home?

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  • I'm 17 with an 8 mo old I have ged can I leave home?

    I'm from Iowa and I was wondering if it would be okay to leave my house to live with my boyfriend. Currently he isn't allowed areound me and I'd like to be able to raise our son together. My mother is abusive to my only sister and is always yelling and I feel it is hurtling my son. I want the best for us and I feel living her is not the best. But I fear if I leave my son will be removed from my care because I ran away. Is it okay to leave if it's me having good intentions? I really need help here I'm not 18 till march of 2018 and I feel I can't hold out that long. My son is my main priority I just am stuck on what is legal and if I can get into trouble and if the cops can force me back to my moms house after I already left.

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    Hi there,

    Thanks for reaching out to NRS. It takes courage to explain what’s going on, we appreciate you sharing. It sounds like home life is really stressful and toxic. You and your son definitely deserve to live in a peaceful and safe home.

    Unfortunately, we are not legal experts, but we do know that running away isn’t an offense you can arrested for. Some police don’t take runaway reports on 17 year olds, and some states see youth who have children to be adults.We ask youth to call into our Safeline so we can call out to their local police station to find out their protocols. So if you call in, we’d gladly help you make that call.

    We are open 24/7, so we’re always here. You are not alone!
    Stay safe, NRS
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

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