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    I'm 17 and will have my GED in less than a month and I have a job. My situation at home isn't great and I won't get into details about everything but my adoptive parents are tired of me basically and after I ran away last time they took all my stuff and locked it all in a storage locker somewhere and they keep taking my money. They said that they can't wait until I'm 18 so they can get rid of me because they said emancipation would take too long and I'll be 18 in about 8 months. I was wondering if there was a way I can move out at 17 without my parents being required to report me as a runaway. They said there isn't and that they're legally required to anytime I leave, but I just wanted to check, because nobody is happy with me living here. If I left I've had multiple friends offer me a place to stay or to split rent costs and such, and I do have a job and am able to support myself. I'm In Lake County Florida by the way.

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    Thank you for reaching out to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We are sorry to hear that you aren't happy with your situation at home. You seem to be a very hardworking and independent person at such a young age. We are not legal experts, so we can only provide you with general information. From what we know, you can leave home at the age of 17 with your adoptive parent's consent. You could ask them if they would give you something in writing stating that they give their consent for you to move. Another option that you have is contacting your local police through their non emergency phone number. Some police departments do not accept runaway reports for 17 year old's. You could reach out to your local policy and ask about their runaway policy. If you don't feel comfortable contacting the police, we could reach out to them for you. Please feel free to contact us directly via our 24 hour crisis hotline (1-800-786-2929), email, or live chat if you have any additional questions or just want to talk.

    We hope this response was helpful! We’d love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis forum. Your feedback plays an important role in helping us improve our services to youth and families. Please click the link to fill out our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/we_care_what_you_think
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

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    • #3
      I am 15 turning 16 in 8 months and I was wondering I can leave my parents house and move in with a friend. M pare treat me really badly and are trying to mess up my future. I am working on getting a job and I have places to go. Can I leave and my parents not be able to force me to come back

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      • ccsmod3
        ccsmod3 commented
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        Thanks for reaching out to NRS tonight, we’re here to listen and to help. I’m sorry that your parents are causing you a hard time at home. It sounds like you’ve already taken a lot of steps to take care of yourself and make sure that you’re safe, and it’s brave of you to reach out for help.
        In Florida, you aren’t considered a legal adult until you turn 18 years old, so until then you are legally required to live at home unless you have your parent’s permission to leave. One way you might not need to get your parent’s permission is if you become an emancipated minor – this could be an option once you turn 16 – but filing for emancipation can be a lengthy, expensive process that you will likely need a lawyer for. Even then, it’s not guaranteed that it will be granted, and in some states you must still have your parent’s permission. If you’d like more information or resources about this, feel free to call or chat with us.
        One situation where some minors are able to leave home is if they are experiencing abuse at home, though once you report abuse there’s no guarantee that you will be able to live independently or even that you will be removed from your home. If you’re experiencing abuse you can report abuse to staff at your school, medical professionals, and the police. We can also help you make an abuse report if you call or chat us at the National Runaway Safeline. Child Help can also help with this at https://www.childhelp.org/hotline/ and 1-800-422-4453.
        Please know that if you find yourself looking for a place to stay, we have a database of shelter and transitional housing resources that we could refer you to. Another option you could consider is to contact the local Salvation Army and Catholic Charities USA at www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/find-help/ -- they may be able to assist with local shelter. You could also try National Safe Place, in which you would text 69866 (SAFE & your Location) for assistance finding a safe place to stay. Additionally, we have a database of shelters and job counselors by region (city/state) that we could help put you in contact with.
        We hope this information has been helpful to you – please don’t hesitate to reach out to us by phone at 1-800-RUNAWAY at any time, or via our online chatroom at www.1800RUNAWAY.org at any time day or night to talk and explore options. We are always open.
        Best of luck to you, and we hope to hear back from you soon!

    • #4
      Does winter Haven police department accept runaway calls? I am currently trying to move with my boyfriend but don't want him in trouble.

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      • ccsmod2
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        Hello There,
        Thank you for contacting The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. Yes all police departments take runaway reports. How the police would like to handle the runaway report depends on each police department.
        We hope this answered your question. If you have any other questions or would like to explore your situation further please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to provide support.
        NRS

    • #5
      Hello, I am 17 living in Florida. I am in highschool, my gpa is 2.83(because I dropped out and came back) my parents are mentally abusive, I have a friend I can stay with who has a home and plenty of income willing to support me. I turn 18 years old on August 15, of 2019. I am extremely mature for my age. My friend is in his 20’s and has a job has completed both his AA, as well as his BA. I intend to leave the house I am staying in because of the emotional abuse I am experiencing. I had not realized this abuse until 16 years old. I am financially stable. I have a credit card in my name, showing I have excellent credit. I am just curious and would really like to leave as soon as I possibly can. Is there any information that you can get for me, regarding legality of the situation, as well as if I can legally leave without consent from my parents. I may be able to get a legal document notarized stating that I will be leaving and signed by my parents. Is this enough. Can this be done by tomorrow or the day after if possible?

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      • #6
        Reply: Hello, I am 17 living in Florida

        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. It sounds like you are just about sure you can get your parent’s to sign an agreement giving you permission to leave. We are not legal experts but you might check with your local police department or legal aid office about such an agreement and the legalities of it. As far as how long the process could take we cannot say for sure. Most likely the agreement would have to be signed, notarized and witnessed. You might also consider looking into the emancipation process for your state.

        We want you to know that we are here as support and help however we can. 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 about your situation and explore referrals for legal aid in regards to emancipation, please call or chat soon.

        Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).
        We hope to hear from you soon.

        Take care,
        NRS

        We hope this response was helpful! We’d love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis email/forum. Your feedback plays an important role in helping us improve our services to youth and families. Please click the link to fill out our survey: Your Opinion Matters to Us

        Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

        National Runaway Safeline
        [email protected] (Crisis Email)
        1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

        Tell us what you think about your experience!
        https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YourOpinionMattersToUs

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        • #7
          hey,I am 16 years old, living in the state of Florida. I have a boyfriend who is 18 years old which my parents have been okay with me dating him and I’ve been out with him plenty of times within the last 7 months, they liked him and wasn’t a problem until I recently snuck him in the house and got caught , now they are threading to put him in jail , but my dad also said that if I wanted to move in with him I could , so if I get parental consent and we go to lawyer and make a contract, an official document stating that they’re okay with me moving in with their conditions and such , an I required to go to court and go through the whole court process of emancipation, or can that document be enough for me to move out?

          I am 16 living in the state of Florida . If my parents sign a contract with me an official document stamped by a lawyer saying that it’s okay for me to move out, can I legally move out without having to go through the whole emancipation court process? Or will that document be enough ?
          Last edited by ccsmod15; 11-02-2019, 07:55 PM.

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          • ccsmod15
            ccsmod15 commented
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            Hello!
            Thank you for reaching out to us, it takes a lot of courage to ask for help. It’s great that you are taking the initiative and looking into all the legal aspects of what you and your parents discussed, that is really mature of you. Now, we are not legal experts but you may want to contact an attorney to see if a document like that could be enough to remove parental rights. You may also want to inquire what would happen if your parents do change their minds, or call the police on your boyfriend, if whether or not that document will hold up in court. You can look up ‘Terminating parental rights’ in your state to find out more information. If you want to talk more in depth about any question you have, or what is going on, do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-786-2929. Also send us a chat at www.1800runaway.org, we are 24/7 and completely confidential. Thanks again for reaching out. Best of luck!
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