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  • #31
    Hi I’m 16 and I turn 17 in October can I move with my boyfriend once I turn 17 ?

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    • ccsmod9
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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.
      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

  • #32
    I'm 18 in 6 days and my parents think they can control everything I do from who I can hangout with, where I work, what I do in my free time, I want to move out when I'm 18 but I'm still in school graduating in may am I able too

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    • ccsmod2
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      Hello There,
      Thank you for contacting The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. It sounds like you are going through a difficult time right now. It is understandable that you are feeling frustrated when you feel like you do not have control over your life.
      We are not legal experts but we do have general knowledge of the laws and we will do our best to help you. In most states the legal age to leave home without consent is 18 regardless if you are in school or not. If the legal age to leave home in your state is 18 years old then you would legally be allowed to leave home without permission. You may want to consider asking your local non-emergency police department if you are legally allowed to leave home at 18 in your state.
      We hope this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any other questions or would like to explore more options please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to listen and provide support to you. We wish you the best of luck!
      NRS

  • #33
    I live in freson CA i turn 18 in november and will be a senior my mom says i cant leave until i graduate can i leave when i turn 18

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    • ccsmod2
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      Hi, thank you for reaching out to us.
      To answer your question, as an 18-year-old in California, you’re absolutely able to leave home and live on your own as a legal adult.
      If you’d like to learn more about your rights as an adult in California, you can view this PDF: https://www.calbar.ca.gov/portals/0/...ns/turn-18.pdf
      If there’s an issue about your current living situation you’d like to discuss, or you’d like more information, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat with us at 1800runaway.org.
      We’re here for you and ready to listen 24/7.
      We wish you the best!
      -NRS

  • #34
    I am 18 years old turning 19 in May, Can I leave my parents house without them calling the police on me?

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    • ccsmod9
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      Since 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. 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.

  • #35
    So my boyfriend asked me to move in with him and I want to and I am ready, but my mom didn't like the idea. I am 18 and I have 2 more weeks left of school. If I leave now will I get in trouble with the school or police?

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    • ccsmod9
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      Since 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. 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.

  • #36
    My oldest daughter is 17, & will turn 18 in 3.5 months. Her dad was awarded custody over her and her younger sister. Recently, she shared with me that she feels like a "prisoner in her own home". She says that she can't ever go hang out with her friends, she can't work (because while they want her to be able to work, they won't help provide transportation), they don't want her to get her driver's license, and they even have her sharing location on her phone so they can keep close watch of exactly where she is at all times. Her sister is active in band, but they won't even help *her get to/from band activities... They always tell her that she has to find a ride from a friend, making it hard for her to participate in extra curricular activities. My oldest daughter also said that they are always nagging her about being on the phone with ME (her mother) when I try to call and talk to her.

    In the past, I tried to ask her dad to let them come live with me when they expressed interest & he said no after he convinced them to change their minds.

    I feel that they are in a very unhealthy and toxic environment at their home, & feel that they are being (over) controlled, trapped, and possibly abused (emotionally & mentally). My youngest can rarely even go to church when she requests, because they say that "she isn't a good enough Christian & don't think she's going for right reasons; Even though she's a great kid, minds, never tries to do bad things, both girls are in AP & have been in AP or pre AP classes for the last 3 to 4 yrs making great grades.

    HELP! How can I LEGALLY help my oldest daughter get out of that house before she turns 18. She also said that her dad told her that if she chooses to go to college in the city I live in, he will never allow her in his house ever again.

    We're desperate, and need help to see what we can do without getting either of us in trouble with the law.. Or the court order.
    Other than trying to change custody papers, what can we do?

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    • ccsmod7
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      Hi there, thanks for reaching out for your daughter. Sounds like she is in a really rough situation living in a controlling environment with dad and experiencing emotional abuse. It's clear that you care a lot for her and want to see her out of that situation.

      Generally, it's really hard to say how police would respond since your daughter will be 18 so soon. You might reach out to local police by her dad and ask about how they would handle the situation if she does need to leave now. It's possible they could take a runaway report for her and return her home if found. It is also possible that they would not take a runaway report or they would not return her home.

      We are not legal experts so we cannot really inform you of your court options with gaining custody of her. Sorry about that. If you call or chat us, we can look for legal aid resources in your area that might be able to better direct you. Please call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat us at www.1800runaway.org.

      You might also give your daughter our information. We can talk through her situation with her, provide support, and help brainstorm her options.

      Thanks again for reaching out for her, please call or chat if you would like to have a conversation about the situation.

      Best,

      NRS

  • #37
    Hi. I will be 18 in a few months and I was wondering about wether or not I could legal move out of my mothers house. My mother is verbally and emotionally abusive and I was thinking about moving back in with my father. My mother lives about 10 miles away form my father but since i live in such a large town I would have to go to a different school if I moved in with my father. My father doesn’t want me suffering at my mother house but I feel like he would send me back to my mothers till I graduate. (I still have my senior year left). I was thinking about moving in with a friend that lives nearby my fathers house and I was wondering if that is okay? If my mother could somehow made me come back home once I left or something like that.

    I am also worried since I would technically be living in the same city maybe my parents would find me and force me to go back to live with them. My father once told me that If I moved out and lived with a friend he would kinda like kidnap me and bring me back to live with him.

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    • ccsmod2
      ccsmod2 commented
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      Hello There,
      Thank you for contacting The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. It sounds like you are going through a really difficult time right now. No one deserves to be abused, and we are sorry you are going through that. If you would like to make an abuse report you can contact The Child Help: 1800-422-4453. We know that sometimes it can be scary to make an abuse report if you would like our help please give us a call.
      We are not legal experts but we do have general information on the laws. If you were to leave home without permission your legal guardian does have the right to file a runaway report. If the police do find you they most likely would bring you home.
      We hope this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any other questions or would like to explore your options more please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to listen and to provide support. We wish you the best of luck!
      NRS
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