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  • I'm 17 and I want to move out

    I'm 17, turning 18 in march 2016. I've been dating a girl for quite a while, but my parents don't want us together. They have blocked my off from all society and moved me out of state. My father told me that if I move out, he will find me and send me to a military school. I need to get out of the house. My parents have locked down my life.

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    re: I'm 17 and I want to move out

    Hey there,

    Thank you for being able to reach out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline, it seems like you are going through a pretty tough time at this point in your life and we want you to know that we are here to listen and to help in the best way that we can. From what you shared, it sounds like you are pretty stressed out and are ready to leave home, we are sorry you are facing these difficult situations.


    Have you considered talking to your dad about the way that you have been feeling? This might sound a little cliché, but sometimes just being able to talk to someone about the way you have been feeling can help better your situation. Here at NRS, we also have a conference call service where we would be able to conduct a conversation you and your father.

    Unfortunately, we are not legal experts here, which means that we would only be able to speak generally about what would happen if you were to leave. Running away isn’t necessarily illegal, it is rather a status offense, which means that you are not able to do it because you are a minor. Typically, if you are found, you would be forced to go back home. An option you might want to consider is emancipation. Emancipation is basically when a youth is wanting to remove themselves from a legal guardian, the process varies from state to state, but if you are able to give us a call and provide us with a city and state, we would be able to look up a legal aid office for you in your area.

    We are here to listen and to help you in the best way we can, if you think these are options that you would further like to explore, please feel free to reach out to us. We hope that we were able to give you a little more to think about and explore some more24/ options. We are here 24/7 and could be reached at 1-800-RUNAWAY (768-2929) or you can reach out to us through our live chat service which is available from 4:30 PM to 11:30 PM CST. We wish you the best of luck in whatever it is that you decide to do and hope to hear from you soon.

    Stay strong,

    NRS
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