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  • #61
    I'm 16 almost I'll be 17 may 14th. If I were to move out and with my older brother "22" and lives about 20 min away who has his own house, or my cousin who is 19 and lives 2 min away, can my parent make me come home? she makes me hate myself, she puts me down every day I have younger siblings that I have taken care of and I love them but I hate the way my mom treats me she tells my I'm a failure and that she hates me in so may words "I haven't liked you for a really long time" I'm so sick of this. I had to teach myself math, read and write, and cook. my parents go to church and are all fake.

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      Hi,
      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. It seems there is a lot that you’re faced with right now and you’re wanting to find a way leave.
      Having a space to vent and explore options may often bring out a solution previously not thought of. You questioned if you could leave and live with your older brother. We are not legal experts but generally speaking a person is not considered an adult until they are 18. This means that their guardians are legally responsible for them. So the parent is required by law to provide for the youth (food, shelter, school, etc.) If they fail to do so then they can face legal consequences. This also means that the youth cannot live anywhere else without parents’ consent. There are exceptions to this rule but those include getting the court involved such as emancipation or Child Protective Services removing the parent’s rights.
      We hope this response was helpful! We’d love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis email/forum. Your feedback plays an important role in helping us improve our services to youth and families. Please click the link to fill out our survey: We care what you think
      Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).
      We’re here to listen and to help and hope you or your friend can reach out soon.
      Take care,
      NRS

  • #62
    Hello, I’m a 17 year old and I turn 18 in one week and 3 days. My step dad is very controlling and mentally abuses me and I’m tired of it. It stresses me and makes me feel like I’m not good enough. He’s ugly to me one minute and then acts like it never happened the next. I am a senior in high school and that stresses me enough with my AP classes. I ship out to the navy on June 24 this year. I want to move with my best friend but I’m scared to do anything. Can you give me some advice on what to do?

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    • ccsmod9
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      Since you are so close to being 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.
      If you would like to talk more in detail please chat soon through our website www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button) if you are unable to call in.
      We hope to hear from you soon.
      Be safe,
      NRS

  • #63
    Can I leave home and go stay with a relative if my stepfather has been abusing me for years. I am 13.

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    • ccsmod9
      ccsmod9 commented
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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. It sounds like you’re quite overwhelmed by things at home right now and you mentioned being harmed. We’re sorry you’re going through this. You don't deserve to be hurt in any way. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. You may also be able to report any mistreatment to CPS. Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org is an organization that helps protect minors from being harmed. It may also be a good place to explore options for staying with another family member or someone you trust as far as transferring custody.
      Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. You are not alone in this. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time.
      If you would like to talk more in detail please chat soon through our website www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button) if you are unable to call in. We unfortunately cannot give advice as we are non-directive. You know your situation best
      We hope to hear from you soon.
      Be safe,
      NRS

  • #64
    I am turning 17 in a few weeks. I need to leave my house for reason I don't want to discuss but everytime l try to find the legal age to move out I have conflicting answers. I need to know very soon what the leagal age a teen can move out in Louisiana in 2019!!! Plz help

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    • ccsmod9
      ccsmod9 commented
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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. It seems there is a lot that you are faced with right now and you’re feeling like leaving is one of your only options. It seems you want to know some information on runaway laws.
      While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent permission. If you are under 18 and leave home, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. Also, those you stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions.
      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); www.1800runaway.org (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,
      NRS

  • #65
    Im 15 about to be 16 yrs old, i want to live with my dad, my mom always fussing about my grades and checks the school website to check my grades, my fad does none if this, i can move around freely at his house, my lil brother always telling my mom about what i watch on TV. My mom fuss about i need to take care of myself better. She always take my lil brother side and make me br responsible for him when we leave home together. My dad does not fuss. My mom has hit me a couple of times because I was yelling at her. I'm sick of this house. She want let me go with my dad anymore because he started dropping me off on school nights past 10:00. My mom talking a about i need to be home at a descent hour to get ready for school. Im tired of her trying to manipulate my life. Her and my dad meet with the counselor and my school for me to stay with my dad. I would have to change schools so, my dad said, i didn't have to go to school. My mom got very upset. Now, i can't go with my dad at all nor can he come to my moms house. I'm sick of her and ready to move with my dad. At what age can i leave home in Louisiana. My mom said, i could leave but, her and my dad needs to go through the courts so, she wouldn't have to pay him childsupport. My dad don't like courthouses. So, i want to leave. What should I do.

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    • ccsmod0
      ccsmod0 commented
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      Hello, Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like your mom is controlling of everything that you do and you would like more freedom with your dad. You questioned at what age are you allowed to leave home. We are not legal experts but to our knowledge you will be able to leave home without parental permission at 18. If you would like to leave before then, like your mother said your dad would have to go to court and win more rights over you. If you would like to talk more about your situation please feel free to give us a call anytime. 1-800-786-2929
      Best wishes,
      NRS
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