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    I'm 14 and I'm the middle child of five kids that my mom has. I don't really get treated fairly, while my older and younger brother get to do whatever they want I'm the one that has to do a lot of stuff like take care of my little sister when I have other things that I want to do. They keep saying that I'm the troubled child, when they let my brothers do anything they want. This has been going on for a bit over 4 years and I'm sick and tired of it. I already have two friends who would take me in if I ran away. Now, my parents are saying that I have to choose between military school or being homeschooled. I don't want to do either of those things. I just want to move out, and it's mostly because of the way I'm treated there.

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    Hey there,

    Thanks for reaching out to NRS, it sounds like you’re really going through a lot at home. It’s great that you’re considering all your options. We aren't legal experts bit because you are 14, you are not yet considered a “legal adult.” This means that if you moved out, your parents could file a Runaway Report or report you missing. If police find you, they would bring you back home – there’s also the possibility that the person you are staying with could get in trouble for harboring a runaway (which basically means, they are letting you stay with them without your parents’ permission). It’s important to know that running away isn’t illegal – you can’t be arrested for running away and it won’t go on your permanent record, it’s just considered a “status offense” since you’re a minor.

    You may have other options to consider as well, such as family counseling. If you haven’t already, try talking to a school counselor about how you are feeling – they can also help you to see what resources are available to you in your area. You can also call us at 1-800-RUN-AWAY for family counseling resources in your area. In addition, we offer conference call services, where we can mediate a conversation between you and your parents to make sure everyone stays respectful and has a chance to feel heard.

    We are a 24/7 service, so if you have any other problems or questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We’re here to help. 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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