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18 yo wanting to leave home... can any legal action be taken?

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    I’m 18 years old, live in Los Angeles, CA and I want to leave home. I got into an argument with my dad like 20 minutes ago. It isn't the first one, but I really just can’t stand living with him anymore for personal reasons.

    Someone can take me in, but I was wondering if they could get in trouble with the law for doing so. I obviously don't want this to happen to them, so that’s why I’m on here. My dad’s around so I don’t really feel comfortable calling my local PD or anyone to talk about it because I’m scared he will overhear.

    Is there anything that can legally be done against the people who are taking me in?

    Thank you!

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    Hi there,

    Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS).

    We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on.
    While we are not experts on the law, in California 18 is generally the age that an individual is considered an adult and may leave home without parent/guardian permission.
    NRS is here to listen and here to help. We are here as support to help through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email to assist you. If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon.
    Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); (click on the chat button).

    If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.

    Be safe,
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

    National Runaway Safeline
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