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  • I am 17 years old 5 months from being 18 8

    I am 17 only a couple months from turning 18 would it be possible to move out without being reported as a runaway? I have a stable and safe place to go! I can not stand to live where i am at i am constantly arguing with a family member an its starting to make me very stressed and being pregnant i am more worried about my daughter when i get stressed i know its not good for her! So i am wondering can i move out now? Or when will i be able to before i turn 18 (like how many months can i move out before turning 18?)

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    Hello,

    18 years old is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian. We are not legal experts here but we can speak in general terms. If you are under 18 and leave home without permission, your parent/guardian may file a runaway report with the police. What actions the police take once you are filed as a runaway can vary a lot from state to state and even city to city so we cannot predict exactly what would happen in your case. Generally speaking, if you encounter a police officer while reported as a runaway, you will likely be returned home. However, in that case there may be services (family counseling, etc.) available to you as a youth in crisis/runaway but again, police procedures related to offering those services can be different based on your location or the details of your situation. Another thing to consider is that while running away is not a crime, a legal adult who allows you to stay with them may be putting themselves at risk for being charged with harboring a runaway. One way to find out the laws in your area is to call your local police and ask what their policies are regarding runaway youth

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