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  • im 16 almost 17 and want to leave home.

    Hi. I don't know if you will reply to this but I have been having problems at home. I was in foster care when i was younger with my little sister and i was in there until the age of 12 and my sister was 9. when my sister was first born she went into foster care and stayed with this family for the first few years of her life. but then my biological mom ended up getting her back until we were both taken away when i was 6. So by the time i turned 11 i was at the age where people didnt want to foster or adopt you because youre too old to be raised by them as if you are their own child. but my little sister was still pretty young and everyone would still want her. so my case worker decided that me and my sister would go everywhere together and would not be separated. so a couple months later the family that fostered my little sister when she was born decided that they wanted her back. but in order to get her they had to get me too. and they ended up adopting both of us because we came as a set. and ever since i have been here they have always treated her better than me. they make me feel like im not good enough or pretty enough and im always grounded. like there is never a time when im not in trouble for something thats not even important. i dont feel comfortable telling them anything about my life and feelings because i know they will just laugh in my face or spread my secrets to the rest of the family. and whenever im in trouble they will make threats to hurt me in really bad ways and tell me they are going to punch my face in or they tell me they hope i choke and die when im taking my medicine. im 16 almost 17 and i just need out. i have looked up emancipation stuff and it says that i need my parents permission to get emacipated and my parents would never let me. and it also says that i would need a reliable source of money to live off of but my parents wont let me get my license or get a job. they make me stay home and clean while everyone else goes out and does stuff together. i need out of here. its so toxic and i dont know what to do. i need help ASAP. Tell me what options i have please!

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    Hello There,

    Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. It sounds like you are going through a difficult time and we want you to know that you are not alone.

    We are sorry to hear that you are being treated unfairly, you do not deserve that. One option to consider would be to talk with your case worker about how your family is treating you. They may be able to figure out a solution or provide support to you. You can also consider talking to a school counselor about what you are going through as well.

    We know you mentioned emancipation, it is great that you have done research on it. The rule and guidelines varies state to state, to find out more information it may be best to contact your local court house.

    We hope this information helps you in your situation. If you have any more questions or would like to explore more options please give us a call. We are available to you 24/7, we wish you the 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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