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    I've been thinking about running away because of the way my parents and family has been treating me. I'm the eldest of four children at the age of 15 turning 16 in little under 3 months in late March. I've been weighing the pros and cons such as where to go and stay, how to make money & how to even get a job. I would have to quit school, decreasing my chances of getting a job. I made a OK resume & I have my passport. Sadly, I lost my wallet recently with my drivers permit and all my cash. So, i wanna leave and live on my own steam. In all my parents fights with me my dad says i should go and live on my own if i don't accept his terms. Which means treating everyone as if i love them. Sadly, I don't. I do not know if that is bad but i have a choice who i love right? Even if they are blood related does that mean i have to love them and treat them nice when they are mean to me? Like stealing my money and blaming me a lot for things I didn't do so I cant have any freedom at all. I do Florida virtual school but still go to public school for my electives. I will pack my things and probably walk to another state and see if I can get a part time job at a local none chain place. So, any tips on running away?

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    Hello There,

    Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. It sounds like you are going through a difficult time right now. We cannot choose are family, you are not required to love them if you do not wish too. We are not legal experts but we do have general knowledge of the laws. Because you are a minor if you do leave home without your parents’ permission, they do have the right to file a runaway report. If the police found you they would most likely bring you back home. In most states it is hard to get a job if you are under 16 years old, and it is even more difficult to find a place to stay. Your safety is our top concern, running away is not your only option.

    You could consider talking to a school counselor or a trusted teacher about how you are feeling, sometimes talking to a professional helps us feel better. You can also try and do coping skills when you are feeling like running away such as doing deep breaths, going for a walk, and writing in a journal. If you still feel like running away is your only option you may want to consider where you will be staying, what you will do about food and money. If you need help looking for shelters you can call us and we will try our best to help you. We hope this information will be helpful in your situation. If you have any other questions or would like to talk more please feel free to give us a call, we are here 24/7. Best of luck!

    NRS
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