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    I'm 17 and I turn 18 in march, can I legally move out now? My mom is never home so I always take care of myself anyway.

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  • ccsmod7
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    Hello there, thanks for reaching out today. Sounds like your being put down at home and you are wanting to leave 2 weeks before your birthday. That seems really hard to deal with, and it's understandable that you are wanting out of that environment. You deserve to be treated with respect.

    We are not legal experts but we can speak generally about runaway laws. If you leave home with 2 weeks until you turn 18 it is up to your local police with whether or not they would consider you an adult early or not. It is possibly that they would not take a runaway report for you and consider you a legal adult, but it is also possible that they could follow the law to a T and take a runaway report for you and take you home if found. The best way to know how your local police would respond is to talk to a local officer. You might reach out to your local non-emergency police number or call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY if you would like assistance calling out to them.

    Please do not hesitate to call or chat us if you would like ot talk through your situation.

    We are here to listen, here to help.

    Best,

    NRS

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    Guest replied
    I am two weeks from my 18th birthday and my parents, well step mom, more is trying to control my life and downgrade me everyday. My dad is a drug addict and my step mom babys his addition by giving him he checks.. They have a daughter together that I want to get custody of when Im stable enough. Can I move out now if I have a place to live?

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,

    Thank you so much for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we know it can sometimes be difficult to reach out and we are glad you took the first steps in doing so. Running away is not a criminal offense, it is a status offense. What that means is that you would not go to jail for running away the police would most likely bring you home. But because you are 17 in most cases we have seen the police do not pursue runaway reports for youth that are 17. In your case it may be better to wait a month, because the closer you are to being 18 the less likely the police would do anything about the report. We are not legal experts, so it may be a good idea to also ask your local police department. If you would like to talk more about your situation feel free to call us at any time. We wish you the best of luck in your situation.

    NRS

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    If your almost 18 in a month and they report you as a runaway can you get in trouble

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  • ccsmod1
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. We're sorry to hear about all that has been going on and want you to know that you deserve to feel safe and happy in your home. We are not legal experts but generally speaking, if you leave while still 17, your mom could file a runaway report and you could be returned home, even if it's only a month before you are 18. There could also be legal consequences for your boyfriend or whomever you stay with for what is called harboring a minor. One thing you can do is reach out to your local police to inquire how they handle runaway reports for 17 year olds. Some cities and departments treat them differently because a 17 year old is so close to becoming a legal adult. It could be the case that yours would be treated differently because a month would be so close. The way to get the most accurate information would be to call your local police non-emergency number and anonymously inquire about their practices. If you need help finding this number or want help thinking through ways to make it one more month, we can be reached at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929).

    Best,

    NRS

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    Guest replied
    I'm 17 and I want to know if I can move out a month before I turn 18. I would have finished my senior year and I have a place to go. My boyfriend and I have been struggling for 2 years with my mothers crazy and unstable mind. I can't take the abuse much long as it's driving me further and further into depression and stress is causing health issues. I've got 10 months and I want to get emancipated so bad, but my mind is at war with itself. What if it doesn't work and she makes my life even worse by cutting off the only time I can escape her to my boyfriends house. Please help.

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  • ccsmod1
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. We're sorry to hear about all that you have been going through and want you to know that you deserve to feel safe and happy in your home. It seems like you are very independent and responsible, but it would be hard to not receive help and to be scolded by your parents when you do so much. You also mentioned wanting to leave your home before you are 18. We are not legal experts but generally speaking, if you leave while still 17, your parents could file a runaway report and you could be returned home. There could also be legal consequences for whomever you stay with for what is called harboring a minor. One thing you can do is reach out to your local police to inquire how they handle runaway reports for 17 year olds. Some cities and departments treat them differently because a 17 year old is so close to becoming a legal adult. The way to get the most accurate information would be to call your local police non-emergency number and anonymously inquire about their practices. If you need help finding this number or you want to walk through any other options with a liner, we can be reached at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929). We could try to talk through how you could cope for a few more months until you are 18 and legally able to move out or if the police says they won't return you if you leave, we can help you talk through that option as well.

    Stay safe,

    NRS

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    I'm about to be 18 in 4 months I understand that my parents are in "charge" of me until I am 18 but I'm nothing but a overworked person who is trying her hardest I love my parents but sometimes they don't see me as a human just property my mother has said this to me and posted that she vonsiders me as property on Facebook I go to work and make my own money that my mother asks for and when I don't give her it she yells at me calls me names and threatens me I pay my own bills except rent other than that I'm providing everything else for myself because my parents refuse to provide anything for me except a roof over my head I cook clean and go to work I pay my phone bill my Netflix bill i pay for all clothing items also any hygiene items and I even have to pay for my own food majority of the time because they refuse to get up and spend there money on it unless its for them there are two other legal adults as well living in the house and one has put his hands on me and I'm threaten by both my mother and my brother who is 18 I live in New York but I only have people in Florida to take me in is it illegal for me to leave new York and go to florida without permission from my parents idk how to go about this situation because I care but I'm just so over tired all the time and cant deal with being yelled at or threatened in a place I'm suppose to feel safe at I have a lobing caring christian family who wants to take me out of this situation but does not want to get into trouble because they have 4 kids of they're own and I have a single mother of 2 who also wants to help me but has the same concerns both are in Florida

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  • ccsmod1
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out to us. We are not legal experts but generally speaking, if you leave while still 17, your dad could file a runaway report and you could be returned home. There could also be legal consequences for whomever you stay with for what is called harboring a minor. One thing you can do is reach out to your local police to inquire how they handle runaway reports for 17 year olds. Some cities and departments treat them differently because a 17 year old is so close to becoming a legal adult. The way to get the most accurate information would be to call your local police non-emergency number and anonymously inquire about their practices. If you need help finding this number, we can be reached at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929). If you are able to make it until you are 18, you would legally be able to live wherever you'd want as well.


    Good luck,

    NRS

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    Guest replied
    Hi, I turn 18 in two months and I leave for Air Force basic training on July 31st. I’m not happy at home, my dads very controlling over what I do and is trying to restrict me on everything, and he’s also very mean at times. He has custody over me, but my mom says I can live with her until I leave, and (ex) my step dad says I can live with him also. When I told my dad I wanted to move out he told me I couldn’t and that I wasn’t allowed to leave. If I left to my moms without consent or him knowing could I get in trouble or forced back to my fathers house?

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  • ccsmod4
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    Reply: Hi my parents told me I have to move out before my birthday

    Hello,
    Thanks for contacting the National Runaway Safeline.

    We are not legal experts here at NRS but here are a couple options you might explore to get help about your situation.
    You might consider asking your parents for a written agreement granting you permission to move out before you turn 18 and have it notarized to avoid any issues with the police. You might also consider contacting your local police department’s non-emergency number and simply asking them what consequences if any would someone face moving out of their parents home two weeks shy of their 18th birthday.
    If you would like to speak more about your situation give us a call at 1-800-Runaway (786-2929) or www.1800Runaway.org (live chat).

    Good luck,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    Hi my parents told me I have to move out before my birthday . My birthday is July 9 if I move out two weeks before that can I get arrested in AZ?

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  • ccsmod5
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    Hi,
    Thanks for reaching out. It sounds like you’re in a difficult situation and no one ever deserves to be degraded or threatened. Since you are a minor, you would still technically need guardian consent to leave home. Your grandfather would still have the right to file a runaway report with the police and the police could still return you home. That being said, it’s possible that your local police would not bother pursuing you because of your age. To find out for certain (since we are not legal experts), you might want to call your local non-emergency police line to ask about their protocol for 17 year olds who leave home.
    Thank you again for reaching out. We hope this was helpful and we encourage you to reach out by phone if you need additional resources or need help figuring out your options. Our number is 1-800-786-2929 and our lines are always open. If you have a moment, we'd appreciate your feedback of our crisis services at the following link:
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/we_care_what_you_think
    Stay safe!

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    Guest replied
    Hi. I'm 17 and turn 18 in 2 months. I have a job and have had it for a year. I want to leave home because I constantly get degraded and threatened with the police. I live with my grandfather and I feel like he wants to trap me here... can I leave?

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