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  • #31
    I live in Florida and I just found out I’m pregnant between Im 16 year’s old I just don’t feel comfortable living in a household with my family because of the way they treat me and they always threaten to kick me out if I ever get pregnant but I just wanted to know if I would able to stay with my soon to be baby father his families are more supportive and a caring family he’s also a minor but we chose to have the baby


    • ccsmod13
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      Hi there,

      Thank you for reaching out to NRS and sharing your situation. It sounds like things are difficult at home and it makes sense that you would look for other living options.

      We're not legal experts here, but since the age of majority is 18 in Florida, your parents are legally responsible until then. Of course, it is important that you feel that you live in a safe environment with the emotional and physical resources you need to succeed. One option is to live with your boyfriend’s family. If his family agrees, and your parents agree, you can live with them, but some legal proceedings may be required to ensure that you can enroll in school or get medical care when you need it. If interested in legal help, we are happy to provide a legal aid resource to you if you contact us directly by phone or live chat. Legal aid can often provide free or low cost advice and legal services.

      Another option is emancipation. Since you are 16, you can petition for emancipation if you can prove that you are able to financially support and take care of yourself and your baby. Legal aid can also help you with this process if you are interested.

      NRS is here 24/7 and entirely anonymous and confidential if you would like to discuss your options as well as receive any additional referrals and resources. We can be reached at 1-800-786-2929 or via our online chat services at

      Best of luck,
      National Runaway Safeline

  • #32
    17 pregnant can I live with a friend


    • ccsmod1
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      Thank you for reaching out to us here at National Runaway Safeline. We recognize your situation and we are happy to help. Unfortunately, we are not legal experts and it is hard to elaborate too much with minimal information. However, at 17, our general knowledge of the law is that you are to live with your legal guardian until you are at least 18 years of age.

      We welcome you to reach out to us through our online chat portal, which can be found directly on our website at or you may give us a phone call at 1-800-RUNAWAY. Our helpline runs on a 24/7 basis, so at any time or day, you may reach out to us with any further questions that you have. We are also happy to provide you with any resources that you may be in need of at this time.

      We look forward to the opportunity to talk further with you and we wish you health, happiness, and safety.


  • #33
    Hi my girlfriend is 16 and her mom is trying to move her out of town 8 hours away and she is currently 20 week’s pregnant how can I stop her from taking her and the baby away ?


    • ccsmod9
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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 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 contact our 24/7 crisis support line either by phone or chat.

      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 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.

      We hope to hear from you soon.

      Be safe,

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