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    ccsmod2
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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
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    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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  • ccsmod15
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  • ccsmod15
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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.
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    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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  • ccsmod5
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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
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    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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  • ccsmod13
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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
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    Guest replied
    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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  • ccsmod2
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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.
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    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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  • ccsmod15
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  • ccsmod15
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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
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    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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  • ccsmod13
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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thanks for reaching out to to NRS. It sounds like you are faced with a lot at home and you are thinking about running away. You mentioned wanting to know more about runaway laws and while we are not legal experts we can speak generally on this.

    18 is usually the age you are able to leave home without permission from your parents. If you leave home before then, your parents can make a runaway report. Running away is not illegal and you will not get into legal trouble, but it is a status offense. This means your parents can ask police to return you home if they know where you are staying. Now, there is not a universal way that police respond to runaway reports. In some cases, police might be more lenient since you are 17 and close to turning 18. However, this can depend on the county and even your local police department. You can anonymously call the local police department's non-emergency line to ask about how they would handle a runaway report in this situation and if you would be forced home.

    We hope this information is helpful. If you have any more questions or you would just like to talk more about your situation, please don't hesitate to reach out directly by phone at 1-800-RUNAWAY or through live chat at 1800runaway.org. We are available 24/7.

    Be safe,
    NRS
  • Guest
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    Hello. I'm 17 and live at home. I don't like it here and my friends parents said they don't me living with them. But my parents said they would file a runaway report om me. I turn 18 in7 Months and have had a job since I was 14. I drive and can support my basic necessity's, all I need is a place to stay. Can i leave without them making me come back> i don't want my friend to get in trouble either, that's my dilemma. I live in butler county btw

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  • ccsmod2
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  • ccsmod2
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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 are going through a really difficult time and we want you to know you are not alone.
    We are sorry to hear that you do not like your living situation. You might want to consider talking to an adult or a school counselor about what has been going on at home.
    We are not legal experts but if you were to leave without permission, your legal guardian could file a runaway report. If the police were to find you it is a possibility they would bring you back home.
    We hope that this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any more questions or would like to explore options please give us a call. We are here for you 24/7.
    Best of luck,
    NRS
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