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  • ccsmod1
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    Hey there,

    Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you are in a difficult situation, and we understand it takes courage to reach out for help. The National Runaway Safeline is located in the United States of America (USA). Our knowledge of helpful community based resources and our understanding of youth in crisis related laws is limited to the USA. If you are located in a country outside of the USA, you can use this link to find a youth helpline in or around your country: https://www.childhelplineinternation...pline-network/.

    We hope that by reaching out to a local resource, you are able to get the support you need from an organization that understands the laws and circumstances that affect youth in your country.

    Be safe,
    NRS

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    Hello i m 18+ and i wish to go far away from the house i live in currently. This is because my family's financial condition has worsened and there is argument going on all the time i m not even able to eat bcoz of that n i hv to suffer from mental disturbance i m not even able to study n its the most crucial period of my life since i m preparing for admission in a medical college so living in such a condition would definitely destroy my career n hence my dreams tooo. I live in india n i m not going to go another city i hv to live in the same city. I m planning to live in my friend's house. I'll also find a part time job. Is it the right thing to do??? If i run and my parents find me will they hv the right to take me without my will??

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  • ccsmod9
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    Since you are 18 you are more than likely considered a legal adult which means that you can move out if you want to and you won’t be considered a runaway. As a legal adult, you have a right to make your own decisions about where you live. We can help you make a plan for how to deal with your situation and help you find resources to land on your feet. Having a plan for where you will live and how you will survive once you move out can be very helpful. Moving can be a huge step, and you don’t have to be alone. Some steps you can take towards independence might be to find employment if you don’t have an income, or to save up money for moving expenses. It can also be helpful to research rents in your area, find a roommate, or make a budget. Another thing you might want to consider is what kinds of things you depend on your parents for currently such as tuition expenses for school, or health insurance, and whether they would continue to provide those things after you leave. There may be social service agencies in your area that can help meet some of these needs, such as Transitional Living Programs, a kind of shelter where young adults can live and get services to help them transition to independent living. We are here to listen and help however we can.

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    I am turning 18 next year and my stepmom and father are telling me I dont have an option that I have to stay in the house and that I'm not allowed moving out, I have very bad memories from when I was younger being in this house and for self care and mentality issues I believe for my own sake I need to move out to improve my mental health and not be involved with them for a while, I have a place to stay and I'm not sure what to do.

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  • ccsmod1
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    Hey there,

    Thanks so much for reaching out, we know that it takes a lot of courage to do so. Since you are 21 you are considered a legal adult and can leave and live where you'd like at any time. Your parents can contact the police and request that they perform a wellness check, which means that the police would come out to verify that you are not in any kind of life-threatening danger but they would leave you alone. Neither your parents nor the police can make you return home. If there is anything else that we can do to be of assistance, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. You can also chat us by clicking on the “CHAT” button on top of our homepage.

    Be safe,
    NRS

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    Hi I’m 21 years old and I currently live in Alaska. I’ve been wanting to return to my boyfriend who currently lives in California. Because of my parents being strict with me on not wanting to date him. Which I think is foolish. If I run away with him now. Can my father who is currently a military veteran report me as a runaway person. And report my boyfriend?

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hello, thank you for reaching to NRS.

    We are glad you were able to found us and asked for help. It sounds like you have been dealing with a lot and have been doing what you can to take care of yourself. Leaving home is a very difficult decision and you know what is best for you. Since you are 18 you are a legal adult in most states. This means you are not considered a runaway and can not be forced back home. The National Safe Place can help connect you with a youth shelter/agency to go to. All you have to do is text "safe" and your current location to 44357 to be provided with a safe place to go.

    We are here 24/7 to listen and help you any way you need. We can best be of help by phone (1-800-786-2929) or chat (1800runaway.org) if you want to talk more about whats going on and explore options.

    We hope to hear from you soon,
    NRS.

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    Guest replied
    I’m 18, and right now I’m run away from my house. I don’t know where to go, who can help me with it, I don’t know where to leave. And now I’m worried if my parents call the police, are they gonna be looking for me since I’m 18.

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  • ccsmod9
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    Since you are 18 you are more than likely considered a legal adult which means that you can move out if you want to and you won’t be considered a runaway. As a legal adult, you have a right to make your own decisions about where you live. We can help you make a plan for how to deal with your situation and help you find resources to land on your feet. Having a plan for where you will live and how you will survive once you move out can be very helpful. Moving can be a huge step, and you don’t have to be alone. Some steps you can take towards independence might be to find employment if you don’t have an income, or to save up money for moving expenses. It can also be helpful to research rents in your area, find a roommate, or make a budget. Another thing you might want to consider is what kinds of things you depend on your parents for currently such as tuition expenses for school, or health insurance, and whether they would continue to provide those things after you leave. There may be social service agencies in your area that can help meet some of these needs, such as Transitional Living Programs, a kind of shelter where young adults can live and get services to help them transition to independent living. We are here to listen and help however we can.

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    Hello , I am 17 will be 18 in 6 months I have a place too go I have a full time job make plenty too pay pills an care for myself only problem is my parents won’t let me leave when I’m 18 they said because I have seizures I can not go no where my girlfriend knows what too do with the situation when I have seizures she been there for me since I was 14 having seizures she was always the only one too know what too do not my parents how do I got about moving out when I’m 18.

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  • ccsmod7
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    Hi there, thanks for reaching out today. Sounds like you are feeling unappreciated at home and are wanting to leave once you turn 18. That sounds pretty tough to deal with, and here at NRS we want to be a support for you.

    So generally when you are 18, you are considered a legal adult and you have the right to make your own life decisions including where you live. You might double check and make sure the majority age in your state is 18, so you can leave without the risk of being reported as a runaway. Sounds like you might need to plan for where you will go and how you will survive once you move out. If you haven't already you might try to gain some employment and income and save up to be able to rent out your own place. You might also think about how you will provide for yourself, especially if your parents have been providing most things for you such as: food, transportation, medical care, and anything else you might need. If you are planning on continuing your education, you might also consider what you would need to be able to do that without any support. If you are unable to afford your own place, you might ask friends and extended family members about staying with them. If you call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY or www.1800runaway.org we can look to see if there are any shelter or transitional living program resources in your area if you need.

    Please do not hesitate to call or chat us if you would like to talk through your plan for moving out. We are always here for you.

    Best,

    NRS

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    Guest replied
    Im gonna be turning 18 and i dont want to live with my parents anymore cause they dont appreciate me . So i was wondering what do i need from them idk what im supposed to get when i leave, i need all the info im supposed to have cause when i leave my parents i want to leave them forever, so will you please tell me what i need when i turn 18, thank you.

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  • ccsmod6
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    Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. While we are not legal experts, we do have experience with and general information about running away. If you are a minor, your parents have a legal obligation to take care of you and a part of that means that they decide where you live. If you decide to live anywhere else without their consent, they are entitled to file a runaway report with the police. If police encountered you while there was a runaway report, they would be allowed to notify your guardian and in most cases send you home. In short, from our understanding we would think that it would still be considered running away.

    If you want to share more about what is going on, we would be happy to work out the specifics of your situation with you. If you are interested in doing so, please reach out to us on our 24/7 hotline 1-800-786-2929 or on chat at 1800runaway.org.

    Take care,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    Does moving in with sibling and leave your parents considered running away.

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  • ccsmod8
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    Hello there –

    Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to reach out to us here on our public forum. We are always here to listen and here to help in any way that we can. It can be very frustrating not knowing what to do or what your next step might be from this point on. Hopefully we can help you out during your time of need.
    Like you have probably read in the countless post before yours, if you are below the legal age of majority your parents would be able to make a runaway report in the event that you do run away. In most states, if you are 18 years old or older, you are considered an adult. Now considering the information above, since you are planning on leaving once you turn 18 years old you would be considered an adult and free to leave without permission.

    As far as school goes, we aren’t experts by any means but it is to our understanding that an 18 year old can enroll themselves into a school of their choosing as long as the school accepts their application. You might want to reach out to the school that you have in mind, as well as your current school to figure out how the process of transferring school documents will work and what you have to do. That is the only way to know for sure if you can or cannot do it alone.

    We hope that helps!
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