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    I am 15 years old and my home life is a mess. My parents are emotionally abusive and I have been very depressed. I have found people to move in with but what are the legal issues? I know that staying in that house is bad for me and bad for my health. What can I do legally?

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    Hey there,
    Thanks for deciding to reach out to NRS! We know that asking for help can be a bit difficult for anyone, but we are glad you are taking the right steps. We are sorry to hear that you’ve been feeling down lately. From what you’ve shared with us, it seems that you have been experiencing some tension and unhappiness at home. It also sounds like the relationship between you and your parents isn’t in the best shape. We completely understand that this may make you feel upset and the need to leave, however, we would like to talk about your options.

    Something you seemed concerned about was the legality of leaving home at 15. We aren’t legal experts, but generally when a minor leaves home without parental consent this is considered a status offense. What this means is that your parent could file a runaway report in which would make authorities obligated to being youth back home if found. If you should decide to leave home having a plan of action can be important. With this said, having a stable place to stay as well as considering factors of living such as getting a job, health insurance, transportation , food supply, and basic needs is also important. We just want to make sure you consider staying as safe and prepared as possible. You did mention that you had someone that you are able to move with. Making sure you communicate on how long the stay can be may be helpful. You may also want to consider that if your parents do not allow you to leave home , anyone who is housing you while runaway report is out can be charged with harboring a runaway. Of course this subjective to what your parents decide to do. If you should ever need a shelter or safe place in a specific area we would be happy to possibly help connect you to one.

    Another option you have is possibly mending your relationship with your parents. Sometimes family counseling or just simple conversation can get your feelings recognized and solutions out there. If you aren’t interested in this, surrounding yourself with people who you can talk and feel comfortable sometimes does wonders during those moments when you’re feeling really low. You mentioned that staying home is bad for your health. Talking to school counselor or even mental health experts can open doors to help you improve on this. If you are interested in any of the following feel free to reach us at 1800RUNAWAY and simply ask.

    You are a strong individual who deserves happiness. Thank you again for using our services and please know we are here to listen 24/7. We hope to have helped in some way, and wish you all positive things.
    Best of luck,
    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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