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  • I’m 16, going to be 17 in October, my living situation isn’t very stable, My boyfriend says I can come live with him when he gets his own place in June, but I want to have a stable income and get things situated better before I put that stress on him. Could I move out at 17 without parental consent if I have a stable income and living environment?


    • ccsmod4
      ccsmod4 commented
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      Thank you for writing to us here at 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. If you are under 18 and leave home without permission, your parent/guardian may file a runaway report with the police. In some states there are emancipation laws that can be one way of trying to gain your independence. We are not legal experts, but we can help you get a general sense of how emancipation works. Our general understanding is some states offer formal emancipation statutes while others do not unfortunately. Laws vary depending on your location, but in many states a minor can petition the court for emancipation to take responsibility for their own care before they turn 18.

      Generally speaking, courts are wary about granting emancipation. In most cases, you would have to prove in court that you have an income and can care for yourself financially, and that you are able to live separately from your parents. It also helps to be in good standing at school. Usually your legal guardian would have to agree to this in court. It’s best to check your local court house to gain more information on this process.
      Also you might check with your local police department to inquire about the runaway laws in your state or if someone that moves out of their parent or guardian’s home would without permission would be considered a runaway and forced to return home.

      We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email or bulletin for assistance. 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); (click on the chat button).
      If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to or seek emergency assistance immediately.

      Take care,

  • My mom hit me in the face last night I am 17 years old I want to leave but don't want to go back to my dad. But at the same time, I am a big sister of an amazing 2-year-old sister. please tell me what I should do


    • ccsmod2
      ccsmod2 commented
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      Hello There,

      Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. It sounds like you may be going through a difficult time right now, and you are not alone we are here to help.
      You do not deserve to be hit, and we are sorry you are dealing with that. If you feel this is abuse you can file an abuse report. There are a few ways you can file an abuse report. One option to consider is contacting Child Help, and they can help you with filing an abuse report. They can be reached at 1800-422-4453. You can also contact us and we can help you file an abuse report. If you are ever in immediate danger please call 911.
      We know you mentioned wanting to run away, and we are not legal experts but we do have some information. If you were to leave home your legal guardian could file a runaway report. Because you are a minor, if the police were to find you they most likely would bring you home. Because you know your situation the best only you can decide if running away is the best option for you.
      We hope that this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any other questions or would like to explore more options please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to listen and to provide support. Best of luck!
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