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    I am turning 18 this week. I planned on leaving my toxic household for at least 2 years. My parents scream at me all the time. They won’t let me hang out with my friends because they think they are bad influences. They also always compare me to my sibling who they think is more successful. I really want to leave. Unfortunately, the pandemic has skewered my plans. I was going to stay at a friend’s house or homeless shelter. But since there is this ******* virus going around, I don’t know if it is safe for me to runaway. On top of that, I was laid off from my job because of the ongoing pandemic. I have around $5000 saved up. Should I wait to leave my home until the pandemic ends or should I just leave my parents? Any input is welcome.
    Last edited by ccsmod0; 04-20-2020, 03:02 AM.

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    Hello there,

    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, but we don't necessarily give advice because you know what is best for your situation.

    Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).

    We hope to hear from you soon.
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