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  • ccsmod2
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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!
    NRS

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    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

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  • ccsmod4
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    Hello,
    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); 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 or seek emergency assistance immediately.

    Take care,
    NRS

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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?

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    This is a really a great question and the possibility of leaving at 17 can certainly be confusing. We are not legal experts by any means, but generally speaking your parent can attempt to report you as a runaway if you leave home without permission. This basically just means that they could have the police return you home. However, some counties and police departments do not pursue runaway reports for someone who is 17 and sometimes they do not even consider a 17 year old to be a runaway. The police department in your area will be able to give more specific information about the runaway protocol in your area. You can contact them anonymously to ask questions by calling the non-emergency number.

    It can be really stressful when the adults in our lives are not supportive. It is completely reasonable that you would want to live with your aunt instead considering your parents are making things difficult at home. You know when it is the best time to leave for you and your parents might respond to the situation. We want to be a support for you while you navigate this challenging time and you can reach out again by phone or chat 24/7 if you would like to talk more and discuss your next steps.

    Be safe,
    NRS

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    I don't get along with my parents and I've been told that I can move out at the age of 17. I've been reading a lot of comments and articles saying yes you can move out and no you can't move out. I have a job and all passing grades and a place to go to. I have talked to my aunt about this and she has given me permission to move in with her. Am I able to move out without my parent's permission?

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  • ccsmod4
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    I'm in foster care and turn 17 in two weeks

    Hello,
    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. In most states you must be 18 to be considered an adult. You might consider speaking with your case manager about the legal status for someone in foster care to be considered independent.

    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); 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 or seek emergency assistance immediately.
    We hope to hear from you soon.

    Take care,
    NRS


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    I'm in foster care and turn 17 in two weeks. Can I move out at 17 even though I'm in foster care?
    Last edited by ccsmod4; 09-12-2019, 12:36 AM.

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  • ccsmod7
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    Hi there, thanks for reaching out today.

    Sounds like home is very stressful for you and you are looking to move in with a friend because you cannot move in full time with your grandparents. That cannot be easy to go through. Here at NRS, we truly want to be a support for you during this difficult time.

    The easiest way you can leave home as a minor is with your parent's permission. So if you were able to gain permission to go to your grandparents' it might be possible for you to get permission to go to a friend's place. You mentioned that you have not met this friend's family. You might first meet them and ask them about what it would be like moving in there. Then maybe you can include them in on that conversation with your mom about getting permission to move. Aside from your guardian's permission and emancipation, the last way you can legally move is through child protective services if they investigate your home and find it unsafe. If your home is unsafe and you would like to explore that option please call or chat us: 1-800-RUNAWAY or www.1800runaway.org.

    Please know that we are always here via our phone services and chat services if you need support, help brainstorming your options, or local resources.

    Best of luck with everything,

    NRS

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    To whoever it may concern,

    I’ve been having trouble with my family for years and at times it’s gotten to make up or break up moments. I haven’t had the best relationship with my adoptive father and i don’t get along with my siblings at all and i’m always arguing with them or my mother about lots of things. Recently i just finished staying with my grandparents with permission but my grandma doesn’t want to take me in permanently, and yesterday night i came home after a week of being away. Although i feel i need months to process it all, my family is making things to difficult and at one point last night, (i forgot exactly what was said but at one point) my mother said “you can pack our things and leave” and this was said about 3 times, and i don’t know if she might change her mind. I have a friend from a nearby town who wants to help me and give me a place to stay, i don’t have permission from the mother yet but what would have to happen for me to move in with the family of my choice and not a random family, of whom i’ve never met a family member of that household. I am 15, turning 16 next month. I am happy when i’m not with my family and problems go away and i become a better person, 8th grade year i had slight suicidal thoughts and i don’t want to go back... this household is all to much to handle and i need to know how i can move out without emancipation, and with the assurance that i will be safe, my father has once swung at me but didn’t hit, and another time challenged me to fight him... if emancipation is the only way plz let me know also... but i also don’t see the need for that if let’s say the family i stay with says i don’t need to get a job and that they will 100% take care of me. Thank you for reading. -******
    Last edited by ccsmod7; 07-29-2019, 02:50 PM. Reason: identifying info

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  • ccsmod1
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    Hey there,

    We aren’t legal experts here at NRS, but generally speaking, if you do opt to leave your home your parents/guardians can file a runaway report, which is essentially a missing person report. Running away is a status offense; this means that it isn’t illegal, but it’s something you can’t do while still a minor. If a runaway report is filed and you are located by the authorities you will most likely be returned to your parents/guardians. It sounds like you are a few weeks away from turning 18. Because of this, the police may let you stay where you are if you are located. It may be best to call out to your local nonemergency police line (311) for clarification on local policy.

    If you’d like to go over what’s going on in depth, or if you’d like to explore other options that you may have available to you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. You can also chat us by clicking on the “CHAT” button on top of our homepage. We’re open 24/7 and here to listen and support you in any way we can.

    Stay safe,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    Look today is 7,19,2019 and my birthday is on August 2nd can I leave home now or do I have to wait I'm 17 by the way what I really want to know is can police take me home.
    Is running away illegal? How old do I have to be before I leave home? What is emancipation? We can address these legal questions and more about runaway and homeless youth on this board.

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  • ccsmod8
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    Hello there -

    Thank you for reaching out to us here on our public forum. We try to help and answer question that you might have. Now after reading through your post, you can see that there are a lot of post on this thread that have asked this question. Please go back and re-read the other post for more information about leaving home before 18 years old and possibly the one directly above your post has asked a similar question to yours.

    If you still have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us again via phone or chat.

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    Guest replied
    hey i 16 i was just whiting to ask can i more out of my house at this age

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  • ccsmod5
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    Hi,
    Thank you for your message. We’re sorry to hear that your home life is terrible; you definitely deserve to feel loved and supported where you are and it’s understandable that you would want to leave. Since you are 17, you are still considered a minor. That means that you are able to leave home but only with permission from your parents. If you leave without permission, your parents would have the right to file a runaway report. From there, the police may look for you where your parents think you might be. If they are able to find you, they might bring you home. Another possibility is that police will just let you stay where you are since you are almost 18. Truly, the way your situation is handled depends on the officer you’re interacting with. If you’d like to speak more specifically about what’s been going on, need resources, or need help figuring out your next steps we are here 24/7 at 1-800-786-2929. We hope to hear from you soon. Sincerely,
    NRS
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