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  • 17 almost 18, Alaska

    I turn 17 in less than two weeks and was given an ultimatum between having to quit my job or moving out. I've lived in an emotionally abusive home for too long and can't abide by it anymore, my job was my escape. I told my parents that I would find a new place to live, and was planning on leaving today, but my mother told me if I leave she'll call the police and my place of work and report me as a runaway. Can the police do anything? And does she have any powers with my job?

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    Thank you for reaching out to us and telling us about what's going on; it sounds like you are in a very difficult situation right now. We're glad that you have contacted us for assistance and while we aren't legally trained here we can definitely try to help you find some resources that may be able to give you some concrete answers.

    It sounds like you will be turning 17 soon and your mom told you that you need to leave home or quite your job. We are sorry to hear that she said that to you, especially since it sounds like you really enjoy your job. We are also sorry to hear that you have been living in an emotionally abusive home; nobody deserves to feel unsafe at home. Have you told anyone else about what's going on at home or how you are feeling? You may have the option to file a report with Child Protective Services to see if they would be able to help you find a safe place to go.

    Again, we aren't legally trained here so I can't say for sure what would happen if you were to leave but we can try to give you a general idea of what may happen. Since you are still a minor, your mom may still be considered your legal guardian which means that she is still responsible for you until you turn 18. She may have the option to file a report with the local police but how they respond is up to them; every police department is different so we can't say for sure what they would do. What could possibly happen is that if they locate you, they may take you home or take you to the police department to call your mom. One thing you may be able to do is call them and talk with an officer about how they would respond. If you aren't comfortable calling on your own, you can call us here and we can try to help you make a conference call to them.

    Here at the National Runaway Safeline, we are a confidential and anonymous crisis line for youth. You can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our online chat services from 4:30 PM-11:30 PM (CST), 7 days a week and that is located on our website (www.1800runaway.org).

    We look forward to hearing from you and wish you the best of luck!

    ~NRS
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    • #3
      I’m 21 and I really miss my boyfriend, he lives in California and I want to move back with him. But my dad threatens to sue him, can I still run away with him?

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        ccsmod2 commented
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        Thanks for reaching out! It sounds like you’re in a difficult situation with your dad.
        We are not legal experts, but it sounds like you are 21, in which case you are considered an adult in every state, so you do not have to live with your parents.
        I’m not sure what your dad would sue your boyfriend for, but even if he were to file a suit, that wouldn’t change your legal status as an adult, so you are still allowed to live where you please. If there was some sort of situation between your dad and your boyfriend and he does sue him for some sort of harm done, your boyfriend may have to get a lawyer to defend himself in court, etc., and that all takes time. You may want to talk to a lawyer if you feel this is a real possibility. If your dad is just threatening to sue for no reason, though, it may just be an empty threat to try to get you to stay with him.
        Thanks again for reaching out. It sounds like you’re taking the right steps by reaching out. If you want to provide more information, we are totally confidential and you can call us anytime at 1-800-RUNAWAY. We’re here to listen and help.
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