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    I ran away about a year ago when I was 16, but I am now 17. Since then I have been doing much better on my own versus when I was living with my parents. I am quite happy with my life as of now. But...I just found out that I'm pregnant. The father is a really great guy who I've been dating for over 2 years. I know he'll take care of both me and the baby so I'm not worried about that. My concern is the fact that when I ran away I could not get any sort of ID. I don't have a license, social security card, or birth certificate. With none of this I can't see any doctors to ensure the health of the baby. The due date is after I turn 18, so that's not a problem. I'd just like to be able to go to check ups. Going back to my parents or asking them for help is NOT an option. What can/should I do? And if I don't see any doctors until it's born when I'm 18...can the father who is much older than me get in any trouble from that? I understand if they catch me with him now he can since I am listed as a runaway, but after I'm 18 they can't press charges for previous actions can they?

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    We’re really glad you got in contact with us today. It sounds like a lot has been going on for you and it’s great that you’re reaching out for some help. You mention that you do not have any form of ID and that talking to your parents is not an option. Is there maybe another adult or family member you could ask to help you get some form of ID?

    Since we are not legal professionals we cannot say for sure what the legal consequences will be for any of your actions, however, we can offer some general information. In most states, but not all, the legal age of majority (when you are no longer considered a minor) is 18. As for whether or not the father can get in trouble because you did not seek any medical care it is difficult to say because state laws vary so widely. Have you considered contacting someone at a legal aid agency to check on the laws in your particular area? Finally, if you have specific questions about your pregnancy or how you can keep yourself healthy Planned Parenthood may be a good resource for you.

    If you have any other questions or would like some more referrals please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY. We’re here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and all of our calls are completely confidential and anonymous.
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