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  • I’ve been going through a lot at home and i can’t take the drama and stress that’s getting out on me and i’m just wondering how old you have to be to move out with out your parents saying no you can’t?

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      Hi there,

      Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to reach out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline. From your email to us here, we can see that you have very similar questions to a lot of our callers and you’re looking for some answers. It seems like there must be a lot going on in your life, especially at home. It’s great that you were able to find out some information about our hotline. Hopefully we can help.

      Legally you are a minor and under your guardian’s supervision until you are 18, or are emancipated by a court of law. If you decide to leave or move out home before then your guardians could file a runaway report on you. Running away is not a crime, but it is a status offense. This means the police could detain you until they release you to the care of your guardians. We also have legal aid resources in our database. While we’re not law experts, we can try to find one in your area, there may be legal ways for you to be able to move out of your house. We’re here to try to brainstorm options with you.

      You are always welcome to call into our 24/7 crisis center, or use our chatting services via our website. However, the chatting service is not open 24/7. So the best way to tell us everything would be to just call into our hotline and talk to one of our trained liners.

      Be safe, NRS

  • Hi im 17 living in michigan and i live with my aunt and she told everyone but me that she was going to put me out and if she does that i have no where to go. So i was thinking can i live on my own i have a job and i know how to maintain my money well.

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      Hello –

      Thank you for contacting us here at the National Runaway Safeline. We understand that it takes great courage to reach out. We are sorry to hear about the way you have been treated. It sounds like your Aunt is not treating you the way you deserve.

      Depending on how close you are to turning 18, you can seek out emancipation in your state to gain your independence. If you decide to runaway and no runaway report is filed on your behalf, you should be ok until you become an adult at 18, however we are not legal experts. If a runaway report is filed, you may be returned home at that time. To learn more about emancipation in your area call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) and we can help you find legal services in your area.

      We hope the information provided helps. Remember we are available 24/7 and can be reached toll-free at the number above. We are confidential, anonymous, and non-direct. We can also be reached via live chat between 4:30pm and 11:30pm CST.

      Best Wishes
      ~NRS

  • I’m 17 years old, almost 18, but my dad is emotionally abusive, as in he degrades me, calls me names, has cut me off from my friends, who have been supporting me, and has hurt me before. He has shoved me into a wall, onto stairs, pulled me down by my hair, hit me repeatedly with a Cheerios box, while everyone in the house watched and did nothing, and hit me on the back with a metal pan after he told me to go away. I want to leave and move out, but if go with my mom I have no way to college, and I’m so confused and scared. Sometimes he’ll be really nice and loving, then the next I’m the devil incarnate as a teenager, and defending myself is seen as disrespect so then I get in even more trouble. Please help

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      Hi there,

      Thank you so much for reaching out! We are very sorry to hear how your dad treats you. You do not deserve to be treated like that by anyone, especially by a family member. We can talk through a few things and see how we can best help you, and if anything we mention here sounds like it can help or you want to talk about different options, feel free to contact us at 1-800-RUNAWAY as we are 24/7.

      It is not fair that you are being treated that way by your father. It sounds very difficult that he seems to be caring and loving and then change as you mentioned.
      Something you can look into is filing a report of child abuse. We are not here to define child abuse, but you did mention feeling emotionally abused and if it something you want to pursue you do have the right to. Child Help (1-800-422-4453) is a great resource for more information on child abuse filing and what the process may look like. They can also help you get the number to where you can file the report. We can also be resource to help you through this process and answer any questions you have, but we are also what is called a mandated reporter. This means if you talk about feeling abused and give us any identifying factors like your name, your address, you dad’s name, etc we would have to pass along what we know to Child Protective Services to file a report. If you want to talk confidentially. We are also happy to do that if you do not tell us any of those identifying factors. School personal like a guidance counselor, social worker, or a teacher are also mandated reporters so you can also speak to them if you want to look into filing a report.

      We aren’t legal experts, but since you did mention you are 17 and close to being 18, if you did decide to leave home to live with your mom, your dad can file a runaway report since you are still a minor if he does have sole custody of you. This essentially means he would reach out to the non-emergency police to say you left home, and it is a status offense meaning you wouldn’t get arrested but it is just something you are not allowed to do since you are under the general age of majority. In some states and with police departments, runaway reports for people that are close to turning 18. This is some information you may want to know, but
      it sounds like you are concerned about your way to college if you do leave. We can brainstorm ideas on how to pursue this issue if you feel comfortable reaching out to us via phone or chat. We can talk through some of the things you are concerned about if you do decide to leave and think through the questions you have if you do decide you have to leave from you dad’s.

      Again we are here 24/7 for you. It must be hard to talk about this situation and it is very brave of you to reach out. We are happy to talk to you further over the phone or on chat on our website. We hope to hear from you soon!

      Best, NRS

  • hi, I am 17 and am severely depressed I have ran away around 2-3 weeks ago and was staying at my boyfriends house but the grand blanc cops brought me back home. I ran away because my moms boyfriend is nothing but an asshole and I could stay at my boyfriends parents house but my moms boyfriend is doing everything in his power to keep my 20 year old boyfriend and I away from each other what can I do I want to move out but no one here will let m I will be 18 in 7 months and I graduate in 8 months what can I do?

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      Battling with depression and running away from home is never easy. It also takes a lot of courage to reach out and ask for advice.

      In Michigan, you would need to be 18 to leave home without parental consent. Considering your parents had the police bring you home the first time, it is likely they would try to do that again. Also, your boyfriend’s parents could get in trouble for harboring a runaway if the police found you there after the report was filed. You could talk to your parents about them allowing you to leave home as an option.
      A counselor or mental health professional is a great resource for help with depression. Some work on a sliding scale, based on how much money you make.

      We appreciate you reaching out and wish you the best. Please don’t hesitate to call or chat with us if you have more questions.

  • Can you move out at 17 in Muskegon mi without parent permission?
    Last edited by ccsmod4; 10-12-2018, 06:19 AM.

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      Hello,
      Thanks for contacting the National Runaway Safeline.

      We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on.
      Just so that you know we are not legal experts and only can provide some general legal information when it comes to someone running away or someone assisting/aiding a person running away.

      Someone under 18 that leaves home, the parent/guardian may file them as a runaway and they may be returned home. Also, those that a reported runaway stays with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. Anyone found to be assisting or aiding someone to run away may also find themselves at risk legally. For more specifics on the law, you might consider contacting the local non-emergency number for the police. You might also look for a legal aid center in the area. They may be able to answer any legal questions on the subject.

      If you would like to talk more in detail 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.

      Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).


      Take care,
      NRS

      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: Your Opinion Matters to Us
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      • I have a question can my mom put me out for not paying her she theatening me all the time she drinks all the time

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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. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. We feel we can best help by phone or chat. If you would like to talk more in detail and share more about how we can help specifically, 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.
          We hope to hear from you soon.
          Be safe, NRS

      • Hey Idk how this stuff works I'm 17 and I've always had bad home problems do you know if I'm allowed to get out and call my father and go live with him or would I be able to live with some friends btw my names ben

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          Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. We are sorry to hear that your home life is at a point where you do not think its sustainable. While we are not legal experts, generally whoever your legal guardian is determines where you are allowed to live. If your dad has custody of you then it should be okay for you to live with him. If not, you would need the permission of your legal guardian to live somewhere else. If you would like to talk to us more about what options you have or how to approach this issue, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on our 24/7 hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY or on chat at 1800runaway.org.

          Take care,
          NRS

      • I am from india ...is there any legally procedure of leaving home ..i want to be independent ...wanna reside where i want and wanna choose my carrier and work according to me....can They forcibly stop me....pls guide me

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          Hi there,

          Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you are in an incredibly difficult situation, and we understand it takes courage to reach out for help. So so deserve to be treated with respect. The National Runaway Safeline is located in the United States of America (USA). Our knowledge of helpful community based resources and our understanding of youth in crisis related laws is limited to the USA. If you are located in India here is your local Child Help Hotline: http://www.childlineindia.org.in/.

          We hope that by reaching out to a local resource, you are able to get the support you need from an organization that understands the laws and circumstances that affect youth in your country.

      • My girlfriend is 18 but still a senior in highschool, her family doesnt care about her mental well being and goes to the point of almost abusing her daily. She does not feel safe or at home and she was wondering if it was ok to leave and stay with me and if she was legally able to keep all her belongings? She also doesnt have a job and she claims Child benefits because she lost her mother when she was younger. Would any of those effect this?

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          Hello! Thank you for reaching out to National Runaway Safeline! It is really great that you are so supportive of your girlfriend and are looking out for her. We are not legal experts so we could not tell you what would happen to her Child Benefits. Since your girlfriend is 18, she can legally do what she wants since she is considered an adult. If moving in with you seems like the best option to her there should not be anything standing in the way. You mentioned that her family is abusing her. That is a very serious situation. She could reach put to the National child Abuse Hotline at 1800-422-4453. They can help answer questions regarding abuse and maybe help her process what is going on. Another resource that might be valuable to her is the National Alliance on Mental Illness. You can reach out to them at 1800-950-NAMI or text NAMI to 741741. They can better aid her in finding help if she needs it and talking through her situation. It was great that you contacted us on your girlfriend’s behalf. If you have any other questions you can always contact us via our hotline at 1800-786-2929 or chat with us live at www.1800runaway.org.
          We’re here to listen, here to help.
          National Runaway Safeline

      • If I’m 17 and my dad allows me to can I get an apparment cause I’m planning on moving out I live in Michigan

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          Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. While we are not legal experts, it is our understanding that if your dad is your legal guardian, he can give you permission to live somewhere that is not your home. It is hard for us to say when we know very little about the specifics of your situation. If you would like to share a little bit more about what is going on, we would be happy to provide you any relevant information that we have. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on our 24/7 hotline 1-800-786-2929 or on chat at 1800runaway.org.

          Take care,
          NRS

      • I’m 17 years old and I want to stay with my friend because my dad moved an hour away and I need to stay here for TEC for 11th and 12th grade it’s to start my collage and it’s a huge opportunity now he’s going to make me move back to where he’s at? Can I move to my friends house with out getting into trouble by the police with out permission from my dad?

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          Hello,
          Thanks for contacting the National Runaway Safeline.
          We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on.
          Just so that you know we are not legal experts and only can provide some general legal information when it comes to someone running away or someone assisting/aiding a person running away.
          Someone under 18 that leaves home, the parent/guardian may file them as a runaway and they may be returned home. Also, those that a reported runaway stays with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. Anyone found to be assisting or aiding someone to run away may also find themselves at risk legally. For more specifics on the law, you might consider contacting the local non-emergency number for the police. You might also look for a legal aid center in the area. They may be able to answer any legal questions on the subject.
          If you would like to talk more in detail 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.
          Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).
          Take care,
          NRS
          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: Your Opinion Matters to Us
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      • Hi I live in Michigan and just turned 17. My home life is not supportive of me whatsoever no matter what I do. I am a good athlete and have good grades. I always keep up on my chores but all they do is down on me and tell me I’m not good enough. I want to know if I can legally move in with a friend until college without getting into trouble?

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          Hello,

          Thank you for reaching out to NRS for help. You do not deserve to be talked down to like that and made to feel like you are not good enough. It can be really difficult when the adults who are supposed to be taking care of us are not supportive. It sounds like you are trying your best to look out for your well-being.

          We are not legal experts, but we can share what we do know about runaway laws. Generally, if you leave home without permission then your parents can file a runaway report. This is not a crime, but it does mean that police might return you home. In some cases the police do not always consider individuals who are 17 runaways and do not force them to go home. The police department where you live will have more information on their runaway protocol and you can ask them questions anonymously by calling their non-emergency number. If you would like us to call for you, just call or chat with us anytime. We are available 24/7 to help and listen if you would like to talk more about your situation.

          Take care,
          NRS

      • if I leave my house at 17 can the people who are allowing me to stay with them get in trouble?

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          Hi there, thanks for reaching out today with this question.

          We can only answer your question generally because it is really up to your state's laws and your local police. If your local police consider you a runaway at 17, and your state allows harboring a runaway charges to be pressed in 17 year old runaway situations it is possible for your guardians to try to press harboring a runaway charges against the legal adult you are found with. Harboring a runaway is a misdemeanor charge that your guardians would have to actively press.

          If you would like to talk more about your situation do not hesitate to call or chat us. We are always here for you.

          1-800-RUNAWAY; www.1800runaway.org.

          Best,

          NRS

      • can your parents quit your job for you without permission if you're 16?

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          Hi there, thanks for reaching out today.

          Generally speaking, at 16 you are still considered a minor and your parents are within their rights if they are not letting you have your job. We are not sure if they can quit for you. If they tried, you might reach out to your employer to see if there is anything you can do.

          If you would like to talk more about your situation do not hesitate to call or chat us. We are always here for you.

          1-800-RUNAWAY; www.1800runaway.org.

          Best,

          NRS
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