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  • Can I move out at 17 in Ohio?

    I'm currently 16 and will be 17 in another year. I live in Ohio and I was wondering if I could legally move out and into another friends house if I was out of school and 17 years old. The main reason for me wanting to move out is due to my parents constantly isolating me because of very simple things regarding school. The isolation tends to lead into major depression which has involved self harm in the past and they have been made aware of it but did nothing about it. A friend of mine has offered to take me in as soon as school is over if things continue to go as they are.

  • #2
    Hi there,

    Thanks for reaching out in what certainly sounds like a difficult situation. We hope we can help, although we're not legal experts. As a result, we can provide you with general information that may not necessarily be true where you live. As far as we know, the age of majority in OH is 18, and therefore, you would be considered a runaway if you left home without permission before the age of 18. Your parents would then have the ability to file a runaway report on you to the police. Usually, if a runaway report is filed on a youth, the police are authorized to search for the youth and return them home. In most parts of the U.S., running away is not illegal and won’t result in a youth getting arrested or fined. Adults who you stay with could be charged for harboring a runaway, which is a very rare charge, but a charge you may want to know about. Penalties for this charge vary widely across the U.S.

    We are also very sorry to hear that isolation brought on by your parents is motivating you to self-harm. It's unfortunate your don't feel like your parents tried to change this situation. We are here to talk to you about experiences you may have had with self-harm and mental health. We are reachable 24/7 at 1-800-786-2929.

    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 (Crisis Email)
    1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

    Tell us what you think about your experience!


    • #3
      So I’ll be 17 in a month and I was wondering how I can legally move out. Here’s the story , maybe two years ago I got removed from my moms house bc I was getting beat and got put with my Dad. So I lived with my dad for a week or two maybe and then basically started living with my best friend and then after that with my sister. Now the problem is she’s moving and my dad won’t let me go. What do I do? He’s on government assistance and barely takes care of himself let alone me


      • ccsmod2
        ccsmod2 commented
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        Hello There,
        Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. It sounds like you have been going through a difficult time. We are not legal experts but we do have general knowledge of the laws so we will do our best to help. Because you are still a minor if you were to leave home without your parents’ permission your dad would still have the right to file a runaway report. If the police found you they would most likely bring you back home. In some cases the police may not take a runaway report on a 17 year old but it depends on the police department. One option you could consider is calling your local non-emergency police department and asking how they would handle a situation like yours. Another option is you could go to your local court house and ask to file for emancipation. Keep in mind emancipation can be costly and sometimes can take 6 months to a year to complete.
        We hope this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any other questions or would like to talk more about your situation and explore other options please chat with us or give us a call. We are here 24/7 to listen and to provide support. We wish you the best of luck!

    • #4
      Hi, I'm currently 17 and will be 18 in 5 months, my mother has kicked me out, Now she is calling me and asking me where i am, do i have to tell her? Me and my mother don't get along at all, which causes heavy conflict, i do not want to go back, i am staying with a friend who is 21, not doing anything illegal, can my friend get in trouble? My mom kicked me out into the cold at 1:00 A.M, no sweater, nothing, she locked me out.. I really need to know


      • ccsmod1
        ccsmod1 commented
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        Hey there,

        Thanks so much for contacting us, it takes a lot of courage to reach out and share your story. It must be really hard to live in a home with so much tension between you and your mom. It’s not right that you were thrown out of the house, you deserve to be able to stay somewhere where you feel safe and secure.

        It’s great to hear that you have such a good friend to support you. If your mom files a runaway report and the authorities locate you at your friend’s house, they could be charged with harboring a runaway, which is a misdemeanor. Penalties for harboring a runaway vary from state to state, police officer to officer, and how your mom views the situation.

        As your legal guardian, your mom is required to provide necessities which includes shelter. Kicking you out of the house can be considered neglect because of this. Because of this neglect, or if any harm or abuse is happening at home, you have the right to report it. If you feel like this is an option you want to explore, you may find this website helpful: We can also help you to file a report if that’s the route you are considering.

        If you’d like to go over what’s going on in depth, or if you’d like to explore other options that you may have available to you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. You can also chat us by clicking on the “CHAT” button on top of our homepage. We’re open 24/7 and here to listen and support you in any way we can.

        All the best,

    • #5

      i am 17, I will be 18 in November 2019, I am going into my senior year of highschool, and I live in Ohio. So my situation is long and very complicated, but basically my mom and dad were never together (dads part- drug related), my mom and ex-step dad divorced last year (dads fault- alcohol related), and my mom is currently with a boyfriend who is on pills and is cheating on her (she knows about both). She keeps saying she’ll break up with him, for she knows that my sister and I, along with our family, don’t like him; however, she’s won’t break up with him. This cycle has been going on for a couple months, she is still having sexual relations with him, and now I have reason to believe that they are buying and using drugs together. For instance, she has stole money from me, been shorter than usual with me, and seems to just not want to tell the truth about anything. I feel stuck because she’s been the only person in my life for 17 years, always being the sober one, always being dependable. A couple years ago I finally got out of a rut in life where I was always sad and where me and my moms relationship was terrible. But now, because of her actions and lying, I am relapsing to old habits. I don’t want to relapse, I want to focus on my future and getting better but being at home is detrimental to everything. I don’t know what to do or if I can even do anything. I love my mom, but I feel that she is passed a point of talking to. Thank you for your time. Any advice would be appreciated, and I’m open to talking to someone, anyone in person.


      • ccsmod9
        ccsmod9 commented
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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 are sorry to hear that you are relapsing because you have been doing a good job of turning over a new page. Please know we value you trusting us with your story and that if we can provide resources we will. In order to do that however we would need some more information. If you would like to talk more in detail and share more about how we can help specifically, please call or chat soon.
        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, NRS
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