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  • #61
    So I'm adopted, I'm 17. When I turn 18 can I just leave and move to Florida with my real dad, and as if right now I'm still in school for another two years. Can I just leave

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    • ccsmod6
      ccsmod6 commented
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      Hello and thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. While we are not legal experts, we do have a great deal of experience working with runaways. If you are in a state where the legal age of majority is 18 (all states except Mississippi, Alabama, and Nebraska), you should be considered a legal adult at 18 meaning that you have the right to choose where you live. There are situations where the parents of those who are differently abled may have extended custody over a youth past the age of majority, but otherwise, you should be fine to move out lawfully, regardless of whether or not you are in school.

      If you want to share more about your situation or discuss what other options you might have, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-880-786-2929 or chat us at 1800runaway.org.

      Take care,
      NRS

  • #62
    I'm 16 and will be 18 in a year and a half from today. I've been living with serious migraines and my parents haven't taken into consideration that it makes me sick when I hear them and my 2 younger siblings scream and fight. I want to move out on my 18th birthday but my mom argues with me saying that I cant if I haven't graduated yet. Is it illegal for me to move out before i graduate until that time?

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    • ccsmod6
      ccsmod6 commented
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      Hello and thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. It must be incredibly difficult to live with the pain of migraines in an environment that seems to have many triggers for it. While we are not legal experts, we do have a great deal of experience working with runaways. It is our understanding that unless you are in NE, MS, or AL, you are allowed to live where you decide once you turn 18. Whether or not you have graduated should not make any difference to that.

      If you have more questions about your situation or if you would like to talk things through with someone, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-786-2929 or chat us at 1800runaway.org.

      Take care,
      NRS

  • #63
    I am 18 years old but I’ve been in dfacs since I was 2 are you allowed to move out at 18 even tho you graduate in 2021? My grandma says you have to go to the judge and let them approve on where you live even though your 18 and a legal adult?

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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. We are not legal experts here at NRS so you might consider speaking with a case manager about your options to leave legally.

      We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email or bulletin for assistance. 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 look forward to hearing from you.

      Take care,
      NRS

  • #64
    My child is 18 with severe mental health issues and left the house to live with bio dad who the court determined years ago is unsafe to be around children and has all his parental rights and visitation stopped. Father has a current history of drug abuse and domestic violence.. The police have stated that regardless of her mental health and safety issues since she is 18 its considered her choice. Will I get truancy fines if she doesn't go to school for her senior year and she is not in my home? Thanks in advance.

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    • ccsmod6
      ccsmod6 commented
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      Hello and thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. While we are not legal experts, we do have a great deal of experience working with youths in crisis. Unfortunately, we do not know for certain whether or not your situation would incur truancy fines. As we understand it, she is an adult and you should not be compelled to force her to go to school if she does not go. Truancy tends to relate mostly to minors who are not in school. A good idea might be reaching out to your state’s DCFS/CPS agency or even your child’s school administration as they would most likely know more precisely whether or not truancy fines would be a risk.

      If you have any other questions or would like to discuss anything else, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-786-2929 or chat us at 1800runaway.org.

      Take care,
      NRS
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