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    Long story short... My dads new girlfriend has turned him against me. Hes choosing her over me. She treats me so unfailingly and keeps me away from my boyfriend of 3 years.my dad takes her side and never stands up for me. Everyone here hates me. i have no where to go at all. No family, no friends . I get yelled at constantly it's so much drama here. I'm 17 years old from North Carolina. I'm stuck here and I need to get out of this environment . Please help me

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    Hi there,

    You mentioned wanting to know how you can leave home before turning 18. While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent permission. If you are under 18 and leave home, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. Also, those you stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions. If you still choose to runaway NRS offers resources like shelters and transitional living programs that might help you stay off the streetsThe easiest way to leave home is with your parent’s permission. We understand that might be challenging, however, maybe there’s another family member, relative, or a family friend who could help to communicate how you’re feeling to your parents. The second way is through Child Protective Services if safety is a concern. Lastly, you can also look into emancipation options. In most states you need to be at least 16 to be considered and demonstrate that you can support yourself financially and independently. Emancipation often can be a lengthy process and may even cost some money for court fees. We would be happy to look into legal resources if that’s something you are considering.

    Please reach out soon so that we may offer support and resources to you. Our number is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929).

    Be 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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