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can i leave home at 17?

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  • can i leave home at 17?

    Im 16 turning 17 in 3 weeks. I live with my sister but she has no guardian ship over me at all. Am i able to leave home when i turn 17?

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    Re: can i leave home at 17?

    We’re glad you decided to reach out to the National Runaway Switchboard. It sounds like you’ve got a lot going on and are currently living with your sister who does not have guardianship of you. Would talking to your guardian and asking for permission to leave be an option? We are not legal experts here, but if we know for sure your city and state, we can try our best to provide legal referrals.

    Our general understanding is that pretty much all states recognize 18 as the age of majority (and legal age to leave home.) However, 17 can be a gray area in some states, so to know exactly how your area handles that age, you could always call local police or legal aid. You are welcome to contact us directly to continue discussing your situation. We can be reached from 4:30 to 11:30pm CST every day through our Live Chat (big red button at or 24/7 by calling us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929). We wish you the best of luck and hope things work out for you!

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