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    Well I'm 16 going on 17 in 6more days .Well after next month my brother wants me to move with because of my mama.Have been beating up by her boyfriend in my sleep not to long ago and I have been stressing a lot and I've been depressed and I was wondering was it possible for me to live with my 24 year old brother.My whole family had got involved when I been beaten by her boyfriend in my sleep.I don't feel safe living with my mama but I feel more safer with my Big brother cause I lived with him before.I was thinking about getting the police involved cause they wasn't involved last time when my mama boyfriend beat me up cause I thought I would get in more trouble.I cry every single night wishing I could go live with my brother he said I can in June.

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    Re: Leaving home at 17 in Louisiana

    Hi there,
    Often, youth may reach out to NRS in several different ways to discuss their situation. If a response from NRS is not visible to a bulletin posting it may be that we have already provided services to that individual through another platform we provide such as email, our crisis hotline, or our live chat service (in operation every day from 4:30p to 11:30p CST). NRS encourages anyone in need of assistance to contact us through our 24 hour crisis hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY to receive immediate support.
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    NRS

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    Please help

    I turned 17 this August of 2016 and I live with my mother aunt because my mother dropped me off here 2 and a half years ago my mother has legal custody of me but is currently in jail and I have no idea when she will be out I am miserable at my aunts and she and her husband treat me like garbage the take advantage of me because I am a good person and I clean there whole house because I feel bad for them taking care of me but yet they won't allow me to leave I don't know who my father is and the only person who has custody of me is in jail so if I leave and go stay with a friend where I am safe wanted and happy cajole my aunt and uncle call the cops and I and my friend get into trouble?? Please help I don't know what else to do

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    Hello,

    You and your mom seem to have a tough time getting along at home. 18 years old is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian. We are not legal experts here but we can speak in general terms. If you are under 18 and leave home without permission, your parent/guardian may file a runaway report with the police. What actions the police take once you are filed as a runaway can vary a lot from state to state and even city to city so we cannot predict exactly what would happen in your case. Generally speaking, if you encounter a police officer while reported as a runaway, you will likely be returned home. However, in that case there may be services (family counseling, etc.) available to you as a youth in crisis/runaway but again, police procedures related to offering those services can be different based on your location or the details of your situation. Another thing to consider is that while running away is not a crime, a legal adult who allows you to stay with them may be putting themselves at risk for being charged with harboring a runaway. One way to find out the laws in your area is to call your local police and ask what their policies are regarding runaway youth.

    NRS

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    Leaving home at 17

    Hello, I'm sixteen currently, but I will be seventeen on December 9th. My boyfriend is nineteen and twenty on October 16th. My mom is okay with us being together (We've not had sex) but I can't leave home, even after I turn seventeen. My mom and I are okay, I'm not being abused or anything, but we argue a lot and it has just caused us to drift a bit. I also have borderline personality disorder as well as an anxiety disorder unfortunately. My BPD can cause me to lash out verbally under stress though. Anyway, I just want to know if I can be charged with runaway and if he can be charged with harboring a runaway if I leave. My best friend has run away several time from the age of fifteen till just recently, and the police told her after she turned seventeen they wouldn't come look for her anymore. Anyway, that's the story. I want to leave and I'm afraid for his sake that He will get charged. Any advice? I live in Lousiana and want to know the laws on it.
    Thanks a million -L

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  • ccsmod3
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    Hello and thanks for checking out our forum. It sounds like you’re doing what you can to work towards independence by having a job. We’re sorry to hear your mom is always telling you to leave and imagine it’s frustrating when she goes back on her word and doesn’t let you leave after all. Unfortunately, that can happen in informal alternative living arrangements. We are not legal experts; however, parents/guardians are generally required to provide a minor with a place to stay (or an alternative) until they reach legal age (which is 18 in most states.) Not doing so may be considered neglect, so a parent may file their child as a runaway in order to avoid trouble with police or child protective services. If we know how much longer you have until you’re 18 and your city/state, we may be able to talk through some additional options and resources. We also encourage you to try out our Live Chat which opens today at 4:30pm CST. Best of luck!

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    Can i leave at 17

    I am 17 an have a job. My mom always telling me to leave im with my friends 5 days out of the week but she still wont let me leave but i dont see why stay with her if she always tells me to leave. ? Any advice

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  • ccsmod10
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    Thanks for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. It is a great first step to finding the help and information that you may need.
    It sounds like leaving home is the option that you are currently considering as the best decision for you. Some things to think about for the future are deciding if you will continue your education. How long do you anticipate on being gone or being able to stay where ever you may be? How will you support yourself or whom you will be staying with be willing to support you financially with food, clothing, other personal expenses/ allow you to stay rent free? What if things do not work out here in the future, what will be your back up plan? What will your parents reaction be?

    We are not legal experts here, but typically being under the age of what your state considers to an adult (usually 18 ), you would need permission from your parents to leave. It is not illegal to runaway or leave home without permission, but it would mean that your parents could file a runaway report. The police would then be required to return you home. However, being so close to/being 18 some districts handle these reports differently by possibly no actively searching for youth. You could find this out by calling your local police district’s non-emergency number. You would not have to give them specific information. If you feel uncomfortable doing so, you can call us at 1800-RUNAWAY and we could call on your behalf.

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    NRS

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    When I turn 17 can I move out? And my parents not say anything to stop me?

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  • ccsmod16
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    Re: Leaving home at 17 in Louisiana

    Thank you for contacting us at the National Runaway Safeline. It seems like you are going through a hard time that is making you think about leaving home. It takes great courage to reach out for help and we are glad that you are exploring all your options before making a decision.
    Leaving home can be hard in many cases and there are many things to keep in mind before making a decision. You might want to think about where you might stay, how you might pay for rent, food and other expenses. It can be helpful to calculate how much you earn or have in savings and how much expenses you might incur. If you are currently taking any medication, you might want to think about how leaving home could effect your access to those medications.
    While, we are not legal experts here, just speaking in general terms if anyone under the age of 18 leaves home and their parents or legal guardians are to file a police report the police can bring them back home and whoever they are staying with could be charged with harboring a runaway and could get in trouble with the law. However 17 can be a gray area in many states, and since the laws vary from state, to state and in many cases from district to district the best way to find out would be to call the local police department. If you give us a call at our 24x7 confidential number at 1-800-786-2929 we would happy to give you the local police department number or call them and verify the local laws for you.
    This can all be overwhelming and we are here to listen to you, explore your options and provide you appropriate resources. You can reach us at our 24x7 confidential number at 1-800-786-2929 or live chat with us from 4:30 PM to 11:30 PM CST. We wish you luck with whatever you decide and hope to hear from you soon.
    Best,
    NRS


    Originally posted by Kaylbendily View Post
    How old do you got to be to leave home on Louisiana

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    How old do you got to be to leave home on Louisiana

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  • ccsmod16
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    Hi,

    We’re so glad you reached out to us at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We are glad you are taking steps to protect yourself from the mental abuse you mother and her boyfriend are giving you. Nobody deserves to suffer mental abuse.

    In the state of Louisiana, you are considered a minor and under your parent’s jurisdiction until the age of 18. In some areas the police handle runaway cases for people age 17 a little differently, though. They may not actively search for you or they might just check if you are safe but not force you to return home. The way police handle runaway cases can vary from county to county and even among police districts. If you want to know for sure how the police in your area handle runaway cases at your age, you could call your police non-emergency line and ask them hypothetically how they handle such cases. If this is something you’re not comfortable with, we can help by calling out to the police for you or by looking up the appropriate number for where you live. We urge you to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY to discuss any other options, or if you want to talk about your feelings in the matter.

    Thank you again for contacting us at NRS. We want you to know we are here to listen. We are here to help.

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    NRS

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    Leaving home at 17

    I have been mentally abused by my family (mom and boyfriend) In wich I live. My best friends mom has giving me the option to live with them. I am 16 but my birthday is in a few weeks! Would I be able to move out and live with my friend at 17 without getting in trouble??

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  • ccsmod16
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    Hello,
    Hope this finds you well. Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We are glad that you reached out and are looking for some help. We are here to listen and talk. This sounds like a tough situation and you have been through a lot this past year.

    We are not legal experts here at NRS, however, we can provide you with some legal aid options to obtain information regarding emancipation. Minors cannot just choose to go into foster care because they don't want to live with their legal guardian. Emancipation could be an option, or social services may remove you from the home and place you in foster care if there is abuse in the home. Another thing to think about is how you would survive if you were to leave your aunt's right now, for example, where you would stay or how you would fulfill some basic needs like food and shelter.

    The best way for us to cover how we can best help you would be to give us a call at 1-800-786-2929 so we can gather a more information and provide you appropriate resources. We are a confidential and anonymous, 24/7 toll-free hotline. Thank you again for contacting us and we look forward to your call.

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    Originally posted by Unregistered View Post
    I just turned 17 in September, Im in Foster care in Louisiana, my case says I can't go back to my parents, all they send me to is detention homes and shelters, while on runaway I had got caught by the police with drugs, it was my first offense and they let me go, I ran away again and I got a Cal from one of my friends with close connections to the police, they said since I went to jail and I'm a Foster child I'm considered a adult in the states eyes, I just wanna make sure this is true, I want to emanicpated , my social worker says she sees that I can take care of myself because I've been running away for the past year and a half, I need a real awsner, ????
    How is Foster Care like? I currently attend Dutchtown High school as a senior and im trying to get out of this household. I can't take the pressure anymore, anything i do its never satisfying to my aunt. My mother passed in 2013 from stomach cancer and my oldest brother is incarcerated. My plans are to attend the Army AS SOON AS I GRADUATE. So basically i need only a place to stay momentarily for 6 months.

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