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    I've been having a lot of family issues and its pushing me to the limit... I love my parents don't get me wrong I just... I'd rather be with my sister... So is it legal for me to move out at 17 and move in with my sister? I'm still a student in high school (senior) and have a job...

  • #2
    Moving out at 17 in Texas

    Hello there,

    Thank you for contacting us here at the National Runaway Safeline (NRS). It seems you may be feeling overwhelmed with things at home with your parents and you are wanting to move out. It sounds like the tension at home is becoming too much and you feel it is best if you live with your sister. We are sorry you feel like there is a lot of pressure and tension making home life uncomfortable for you. We are glad you reached out to explore some concerns you are having.

    We are not legal experts, but because you are 17, you are required to live under the care of your parents/guardians unless they agreed to let you live with your sister and have her care for you. Once you reach the age of majority which tends to be 18 in most states, then you can legally leave home because you would then be your own legal guardian. It is often best to reach out to local non-emergency police to obtain information on rights at 17 and age of majority. If you would like to talk more about what you are going through as well as explore some ways to open communication with your parents, we are here to help you in any way we can. Please reach out by phone or chat.

    We look forward to your call or chat soon.

    Best,

    NRS
    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
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    1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

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    • #3
      I'm 17 and I have too many people living in my house and way to much drama under one roof and I want to move in with my god parents would I legally be able to do that?
      Last edited by ccsmod4; 12-27-2018, 05:40 AM.

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      • #4
        Reply: I'm 17 and I have too many people

        Hello,
        Thank you for writing to us here at the National Runaway Safeline.

        18 years old is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian. We are not legal experts here but we can speak in general terms. If you are under 18 and leave home without permission, your parent/guardian may file a runaway report with the police. What actions the police take once you are filed as a runaway can vary a lot from state to state and even city to city so we cannot predict exactly what would happen in your case. Generally speaking, if you encounter a police officer while reported as a runaway, you will likely be returned home. However, in that case there may be services (family counseling, etc.) available to you as a youth in crisis/runaway but again, police procedures related to offering those services can be different based on your location or the details of your situation. Another thing to consider is that while running away is not a crime, a legal adult who allows you 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.
        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); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).

        Take Care,
        NRS


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        • #5
          I’m 17 living in Texas and I already graduated and I live in an abusive home with a single mother and a few months back while I was still attending school I spoke to 2 officers who patrolled there and both said that once I finished school I could move out legally and recommended it even, is this something I can actually do?

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          • ccsmod2
            ccsmod2 commented
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            Hi. Thanks for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you may be going through a difficult time at home. Although we are not legal experts, it appears that in most states the age of majority is at least 18 years old. Therefore, if you are 17 years old you would technically still need parental consent if you wanted to leave home. However, if you do decide to leave home before you turn 18 without permission, it may be important to know that your parents have the right to file a runaway report. If a runaway report is filed and you are found you may be required to return back home. However, in some cities police officers will not take a runaway report for someone who is 17 years old. You can double check if this is true for your area by contacting your local emergency line. They can be contacted at 1800-230-7526. We hope this information was helpful. Please feel free to reach back out to us via phone at 1800-runaway or come chat with us at 1800runaway.org if you’d like to discuss your situation further and/or need any additional resources. All the best, NRS.

        • #6
          Hello I’m 17 and I wanna leave my house but my parents won’t let me. If I leave without telling them would I get in trouble??

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          • ccsmod3
            ccsmod3 commented
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            Thank you for reaching out. It sounds like you are having a hard time at home. We are not legal experts but you are still considered a minor, depending on the state you live in, so technically your parents could file a runaway report. If a runaway report is filed and you are found you may be required to return back home. However, in some cities police officers will not take a runaway report for someone who is 17 years old. You can check if this is true for your area by contacting your local emergency line. Please feel free to reach back out to us via phone at 1800-RUNAWAY or come chat with us at 1800runaway.org if you’d like to discuss your situation further and/or need any additional resources. Best of luck!

        • #7
          Hi, I am 17 years old and I am pregnant. my parents are being very abusive towards me. every night, I come home from school and they find something to yell at me about or just about my situation. I am trying so hard not to leave but I want too... I just don’t know if I can runaway and get away with it.

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          • ccsmod2
            ccsmod2 commented
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            Hello There,
            Thank you so much for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, and sharing a little bit of what has been going on. You do not deserve to be abused in any type of way. You always have the right to report the abuse by calling the police or by calling Child Help at: 1800-422-4453. You could also consider talking to a school counselor about what has been going on.
            We are not legal experts but we do have some knowledge on the laws. If you were to leave home before turning 18 you could be considered as a runaway. If the police were to find you they most likely would bring you back home. You could consider emancipation which may allow you to leave home legally before turning 18. To find out more about emancipation you can call your local court house or call us and we can provide you with legal aid resources.
            We hope this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any more questions or would like to explore more options please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to listen and to provide support. We wish you the best of luck!
            NRS

        • #8
          hi, im 17 years old and pretty much like everybody else, saying me and my parents don't get along would be an understatement. My birthday is on november 19th which is a tuesday, but i was wondering if i could move out and go stay with my friend on november 18th because my parents would still be at work and it'd be the perfect chance. Can i move out the day before my birthday without getting in trouble?

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          • ccsmod15
            ccsmod15 commented
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            Hello!
            It sounds like you are trying to move out right before you turn 18 and want to know a little bit about the legality of leaving. While we aren’t legal experts, 18 is generally the age of adulthood in most states. If you do decide to leave home before turning that age, your parent/guardian may file something called a runaway report. Generally, running away isn’t illegal per say, it is something called a status offense. Similar to curfew, you would not be arrested or charged (unless other circumstances exist like being on probation, running away habitually, etc.). In most cases the police will take a report to help try to find the youth and bring them back to their parents/guardians. We know this can be a lot and we are always here to brainstorm and talk about what this means to you and help create a plan with this information in mind. Also, the best way to get more information about runaway protocol in your area is to reach out to the local non-emergency police and ask questions about what their protocol is (you can ask confidential questions like you have with us without sharing any information you are not comfortable with). Since it would be a day before you turn 18, there may be a better chance for the police not wanting to pursue a runaway report, but there is always a risk.

            Also when you turn 18, if a runaway report is made, it would become absolved in a sense and the police will no longer pursue. Your parents would not be able to make another runaway report since you would be a legal adult by age, but they may make a missing person’s report. This would be a safety report and would not make you go back to your parents but the police may check up to make sure you are safe if a report is made.

            Again, we appreciate your bravery with reaching out to us. We do truly care about you and are always here to brainstorm ideas, plans, and options to help you create a plan you feel is most safe. You can reach us 24/7 at 1-800-RUNAWAY or you can also chat us at 1800runaway.org as well. We hope to hear from you soon.

        • #9
          Hello, I'm currently 16 soon to be 17 in 1 month and a few days in currently living with my mother and things haven't been so well. It all escalated when a minor accident happened and my mom started to be ruder I guess its because I told her how I felt and a few of my issues I felt towards her. I'm gay by the way and I have a girlfriend we have been dating for a year and 9 months I came out in 2017 or 2018 and she seemed okay with it. But then when it came to my girlfriend she got all religious on me saying that it's wrong and that my girlfriend is a bad influence on me it drove me and my mom apart. Well fast forward to 2019 after a few altercations that drew us even more apart I'm not gonna get in full details just because I don't want my mom to seem like the bad kind of mom she is a good mom and I love her to death but she just isn't my best friend right now. And my girlfriend I have been trying to find ways to stay in contact for as long as we can since I got my phone taken up and will be grounded till I move out. In the meantime, I have been trying to find a way to get a job so I can move out. If I try and get emancipated she won't go through with it and I don't wanna stay in this home anymore I feel unwelcomed in a way and it's honestly heartbreaking I wanna be free. My girlfriend said that I could stay with her when I turn 17 but I feel like that gonna be an issue. I only see my girlfriend at school and since break things have been horrible I wanna move out as fast as I can. I Feel she won't let me leave till 18 but I can't do another year what should I do.
          Last edited by ccsmod4; 01-03-2020, 02:36 AM.

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          • ccsmod4
            ccsmod4 commented
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            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 trying to decide what to do about leaving home or staying so you’re not sure what to do. Though we can understand being frustrated by a situation, we can’t tell you what to do. It’s good that you are taking your time in making a decision. Basically a question you might consider asking yourself is: Will running away make my situation better or worse?
            Some options that might help while you are thinking things over is to make a check list to see if you have done all that you can to resolve or come to at least a compromise. Next is to examine how you have attempted to do this. Consider what the best form of communication is to get across your feelings.
            It is also important that you remember to exercise self- care.

            We are here to listen and here to help and support you during this difficult time. Sometimes it might be nice to have a listening ear. We can best help by phone or chat. 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); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).


            We hope to hear from you soon.

            Take care,
            NRS

        • #10
          Hello, i am currently 16 about to turn 17 in March, I’m not completely sure about wether or not my parents would let me leave once I turn that age but it is my understanding that if they do give me consent, I can go live with a friend who owns an apartment. Can I legally do that if my parents let me leave? Or do I have to wait until I’m 18

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          • ccsmod16
            ccsmod16 commented
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            Hi,

            Thanks for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you are looking for the answer to a question about the legality of leaving home before 18.

            We are not legal experts here at NRS, but it is our understanding that if given parental consent, a 16- or 17-year-old youth can leave home and live independently. Certain other areas of parental jurisdiction may still apply to the youth, as they will still be a legal minor.

            We hope this answers your question. You can always Live Chat us by going to 1800runaway.org or call us at 1-800-786-2929 to talk further about your situation. We are here 24/7 to listen and to help. We wish you the best of luck on your journey.

        • #11
          hi.. i’m 16, about to turn 17 in exactly 52 days. my mom is NOT mentally stable, she verbally abused me all the time. she was previously in a domestic abuse relationship & often would take it out on me (since I was 6). she’s finally away from him but things have gotten so much to where she spits on me, tells me she hates me daily and wishes i was never born. there’s only so much i can take, and she’s pushed me past my limits. i was told by a school counselor, that at 17 technically you can move out without parental consent because the police won’t force you to go home if you’re 17. i had a plan set in place, and i have a family friend who’s more than willing to take me in. i have a job & i take care of my horses, pay my own phone bill etc. my concern is, what we’re to happen if for some reason i have to go home after trying this. that would only make things ESCALATE in the home and they’re already bad. we’ve gotten into several physical altercations because (again) she’s not stable. i’m scared & i want our but there’s a huge mental block on “what if what if what if” i don’t know what to do. advice? (already tried cps, nothing worked)

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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 sounds like you’re quite overwhelmed by things at home right now and you mentioned being harmed. We’re sorry you’re going through this. You don't deserve to be hurt in any way. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. You may also be able to report any mistreatment to CPS. Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org is an organization that helps protect minors from being harmed. They can tell you more about how CPS could respond to your situation. If you ever need assistance calling out to CPS to make an abuse or neglect report please call is at 1-800-RUNAWAY.

            18 years old is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian. We are not legal experts here but we can speak in general terms. If you are under 18 and leave home without permission, your parent/guardian may file a runaway report with the police. What actions the police take once you are filed as a runaway can vary a lot from state to state and even city to city so we cannot predict exactly what would happen in your case. Generally speaking, if you encounter a police officer while reported as a runaway, you will likely be returned home. However, in that case there may be services (family counseling, etc.) available to you as a youth in crisis/runaway but again, police procedures related to offering those services can be different based on your location or the details of your situation.

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

            Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. You are not alone in this. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time.

            If you would like to talk more in detail please chat soon through our website www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button) if you are unable to call in. We unfortunately cannot give advice as we are non-directive. You know your situation best

            We hope to hear from you soon.

            Be safe,
            NRS

        • #12
          hi i’m 17 and living with an extremely toxic mother, i want to move out but i don’t know where or what i would do any ideas on what i could do to get away

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          • ccsmod9
            ccsmod9 commented
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            Hello there,

            Thank you for contacting us here at the National Runaway Safeline (NRS).
            It seems you may be feeling overwhelmed with things at home with your parents and you are wanting to move out.
            It sounds like the tension at home is becoming too much and you feel it is best if you live with your sister.
            We are sorry you feel like there is a lot of pressure and tension making home life uncomfortable for you.
            We are glad you reached out to explore some concerns you are having.

            We are not legal experts, but because you are 17, you are required to live under the care of your parents/guardians unless
            they agreed to let you live with your sister and have her care for you. Once you reach the age of majority which tends to be 18 in most states,
            then you can legally leave home because you would then be your own legal guardian. It is often best to reach out to
            local non-emergency police to obtain information on rights at 17 and age of majority. If you would like to talk more about
            what you are going through as well as explore some ways to open communication with your parents, we are here to help you in any way we can.
            Please reach out by phone or chat.

            We look forward to your call or chat soon.

            Best,

            NRS

        • #13
          Hi I'm 17 and I have a lot going on at home I turn 18 in December but I have really bad depression and my home life is not helping. I understand I can't leave without parents consent but my father says he's going to try and keep me here at 18. I want to know if there is anyway if your parents are split if the parent you do not live with can sign a consent form for you to leave at 17. I would really like to know.

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          • #14
            Hi there,
            Thanks for reaching out to NRS! We know it can be a difficult thing to contact us. You can always reach out to NAMI to provide mental health support. Their number is 1800-950-NAMI or you can text NAMI to 741741. In regard to your question about your parents, we are not legal experts and cannot answer that question. You can always reach out to your local authorities and ask them what would be best.
            If you have any other questions, or would like to talk further, do not hesitate to reach out to us. You can call us 1800-786-2929 or via our live chat at www.1800runaway.org.
            Take care!
            NRS
            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)
            https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YourOpinionMattersToUs

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