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Can I finish highschool as a runaway?

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    Hi, I just turned 17, and I'm planning on running away from my home and move in with my best friend some states away, but I haven't finished high school... Is it possible to get a GED or better yet finish highschool via homeschooling in Kansas as a runnaway? If i ask my school counselor for my school records because they could report my situation to authorities and thats the last thing I want. Whats the best thing to do in this situation?

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    Thanks for reaching out. It sounds like you’re planning on leaving home and that you do have someone in mind to stay with, which is great. Before you go, it could be helpful to know some general information about runaway laws. While we’re not legal experts, we can say that you usually need to be 18 to leave home. If you leave before then, your family would have the right to file a runaway report and if the police are able to locate you they will return you home.
    That being said, we understand that sometimes leaving home is the only viable option. Regarding your question about schooling…to our knowledge, every young person is entitled to an education. For more information about your rights to an education, you can call the National Center for Homeless Educational Helpline: 1-800-308-2145.
    Thank you again for reaching out. We hope this was helpful and we encourage you to reach out by phone if you need additional resources or need help figuring out your options. Our number is 1-800-786-2929 and our lines are always open. If you have a moment, we'd appreciate your feedback of our crisis services at the following link:
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