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  • #16
    My son is 17 in a half be 18 in 5 months he wants to move in with his sister who is 20 can he do that?

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    • ccsmod15
      ccsmod15 commented
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      Hello,

      Thanks for reaching out to us at NRS. First, keep in mind we are not legal experts. We can, however, tell you what we have heard. If you give permission for your son to move out before turning 18, this normally would not be a problem. If you do not want your son to move out before 18 and he does so, you have the right to file a runaway report with the local police or through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.

      We hope this information is useful. If you would like to talk to us further about the situation, please call us anytime. Our 24 hour confidential hotline number is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929). You can also chat with us via the chat feature found at the top of our website: www.1800runaway.org. Please also feel free to share our contact info with your son if he'd like to talk about the matter.

      All the best,
      NRS

  • #17
    I'm turning 17 in 5 months and my home is complicated and i feel isolated and controlled I don't feel like a child there I'm used and bossed around constantly basically a maid around the house i just want my own space and freedom

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    • ccsmod2
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      Hi, thank you for reaching out to NRS. It sounds like a challenging situation in your home, and we can definitely understand wanting to change that, or have some autonomy. We are not legal experts, but we do know that in most cases, if you were to leave home before turning 18, your parents would be able to file a runaway report, and police could bring you back home. Also, there is a chance that anyone you sheltered with could face legal charges.

      We hope this information is helpful. If you would like to discuss this further, you can always reach us directly at our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat. Good luck to you.

  • #18
    So I'm 17 and I turn 18 in 36 more days and my parents kicked me out so can my parents make me come back if I don't want to. And my parents kicked me out a month before my birthday so can they tell me what I can and can't do

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    • ccsmod13
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      Hi there,

      Thank you for taking the time to contact us here at NRS and we appreciate you sharing a bit about your situation. It sounds like you have been in a tough spot. Reaching out for more information was very resourceful and a great first step to getting any support that you may need.

      While we are not legal experts, we can speak generally on your situation. 18 is usually the age you are able to leave home without permission and choose where you live. Even though your parents kicked you out, they are able report you as a runaway. If your parents report you as a runaway to the police, they can ask police to return you home if they know where you are staying. We know this can be a frustrating answer to hear especially since it seems you have found a safe place to stay in the meantime. Because you are so close to turning 18, there is a possibility that police would not pursue your case at all. In the event that they do, you are able to explain the circumstances causing you to leave home. They may allow you to stay where you are currently as long as it is safe. However, this is not a guarantee as police response can vary by state, county, and even individual officer.

      If you would like to talk more about your situation, please do not hesitate to reach out directly by phone or live chat. 1-800-RUNAWAY; 1800runaway.org

      Be safe,
      NRS

  • #19
    hello. my boyfriend of 14 wants to move out and live with me i.e. his gf. my mom would help out as much as she can and he will get a job and pay for things and live at my house witch is a safe environment and he will wait till 16. but his parents would definitely not approve. any advice? or suggestions?

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    • ccsmod5
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      Hi there,

      Thanks for reaching out to us here at NRS, we hope to help as best we can. The easiest way to leave home is with your parents’ permission. We understand that might be challenging, however, maybe there’s another family member, relative, or a family friend who could help to communicate how you’re feeling to your boyfriend’s parents. The second way is through Child Protective Services if safety is a concern. Lastly, you can also look into emancipation options. In most states you need to be at least 16 to be considered and demonstrate that you can support yourself financially and independently. Emancipation often can be a lengthy process and may even cost some money for court fees. We would be happy to look into legal resources if that’s something you are considering.

      Another thing to consider is that while running away is not a crime, a legal adult who allows a runaway youth 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.

      Please reach out soon so that we may offer support and resources to you. Our number is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929).

      Be safe,

      NRS

  • #20
    I am 17 and turn 18 in 4 months. My mom kicked me out and told me she wants me out of the house. She said she 100% supports me moving in with my 19 year old boyfriend. Can she change her mind?

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    • ccsmod15
      ccsmod15 commented
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      Hi, thanks for reaching out and sharing some of your situation with us. Sounds like you are wanting to be certain that you are making the right choice here, and that something is causing you to feel a little hesitant about jumping into making this change. Let’s explore a couple parts of this.

      Since you are a minor, your mom cannot legally kick you out. If you want to live with her, and she’s not allowing it, you can file an abuse report (because refusing to provide housing for your minor child is neglect). We can walk you through the process of filing this report, if you’re interested.

      If you do decide to move in with your boyfriend, your mom could definitely still change her mind about it and ask you to return home up until the day you turn 18. It seems like you might suspect that she will change her mind, or maybe there is a reason why you aren’t fully convinced that this is a safe idea.


      You are always welcome to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or have a live chat through our website (https://www.1800runaway.org), where we can more fully discuss the exact details of what you’re going through. We wish you the very best; please reach out if you’d like to talk.

  • #21
    Can I move out I'm 17 I'll be 18 in December the reason I wont to move out is bc my dad he is a good person but him being a dad is bad he is always yelling I cant do ********. I hate this house I feel alone and lost I just want to be free and out of this hell hold.

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    • ccsmod2
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      Hi there,



      Thank you for writing to us here at the National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We appreciate you sharing a little bit about what has been going on. It sounds like living at home with your dad has been pretty difficult for you. While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent permission. If you are under 18 and leave home, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. Also, those you stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. Once you turn 18, you are generally considered an adult and are able to leave home and move out. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions.



      We are here as support to help you through this challenging time. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or chat us at www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button). We would be happy to chat with you some more about your situation and to discuss some of the challenges that can come with moving out for the first time as well so that you can be prepared if you do choose to move out. If you are ever at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.



      Be safe,

      NRS

  • #22
    Hi, im turning 17 in november and my boyfriends mom wants me to move in with her due to the way my parents treat me, im from Ohio, is there any legal way I can move out a couple months after my 18th birthday?

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    • ccsmod9
      ccsmod9 commented
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      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. It seems there is a lot that you are faced with right now and you’re feeling like leaving is one of your only options. It seems you want to know some information on runaway laws.

      While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent permission. So in this case you would be okay to leave as you would be 18. Might be good to talk about the game plan once you turn 18 as once you are an adult you can move out the day you turn 18 if you wanted. If you are under 18 and leave home, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. Also, those you stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions.

      We are here as support to help through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by forum to assist you. If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon.

      Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (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.

      Be safe,

      NRS

  • #23
    Hi I’m 17 and will be 18 in January if my friends mom said would let me live with then since I don’t like living where I’m at and I feel like I would be better at my friends but I’m 18 am I’m allowed to do that or do I have to wait till I’m 18?? Her mom does work for child services which I’m not in danger or anything jw

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    • ccsmod0
      ccsmod0 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. It seems there is a lot that you are faced with right now and you’re feeling like leaving is one of your only options. It seems you want to know some information on runaway laws.
      While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent permission. If you are under 18 and leave home, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. Also, those you stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions.
      Once you are 18 you are more than likely considered a legal adult which means that you can move out if you want to and you won’t be considered a runaway. As a legal adult, you have a right to make your own decisions about where you live. We can help you make a plan for how to deal with your situation and help you find resources to land on your feet. Having a plan for where you will live and how you will survive once you move out can be very helpful. Moving can be a huge step, and you don’t have to be alone. Some steps you can take towards independence might be to find employment if you don’t have an income, or to save up money for moving expenses. If you do not end up living with your friend's mom, it can also be helpful to research rents in your area, find a roommate, or make a budget. Another thing you might want to consider is what kinds of things you depend on your parents for currently such as tuition expenses for school, or health insurance, and whether they would continue to provide those things after you leave. There may be social service agencies in your area that can help meet some of these needs, such as Transitional Living Programs, a kind of shelter where young adults can live and get services to help them transition to independent living. We are here to listen and help however we can.
      We are here as support to help through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email to assist you. If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon.
      Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (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.
      Be safe,
      NRS
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