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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thanks for reaching out to NRS. While we are not legal experts here at NRS, you are most likely considered a legal adult at 18 (unless you live in Mississippi, Nebraska, or Alabama). If you leave home, you would not be considered a runaway. This means that you have the legal freedom to choose where you live even if you are still in school.

    We hope this information is helpful. If you have any other questions or you would like to talk more about your situation, please do not hesitate to reach out by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or use our live chat services at www.1800runaway.org.

    Good luck,
    NRS

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    Hey I'm 18 can I move while still in school? Without cops involved?

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  • ccsmod6
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    Hello and thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. We’re sorry that it sounds like you are dealing with an incredible amount of stress and pain stemming from your living situation and the way your mom is behaving. It’s not your burden to take care of your mother, and even if it is, she should not be treating you in such a hurtful and excessive manner.

    While we are not legal experts, we do have a great deal of experience working with runaways. It is not illegal to run away. Your parent/guardian could file a runaway report on you but this would NOT mean that you would get arrested or charged with anything. It typically does mean that the police could return you home if they encountered you and that would be that. Police typically do not actively search for a runaway youth. However, they will go where the parent/guardian directs them if they know where you are staying. Additionally, police can sometimes be more lenient about runaway situations the closer you are to 18. You can attempt to calmly and respectfully deny them consent to touch you or take you anywhere, and they may give up on trying to return you home. They also may not, in which case you should comply with what they tell you to do for your safety.

    Additionally, your right to an education is protected by the McKinney Vento Act. If you are a runaway or are homeless, you can visit https://nche.ed.gov/ and look up how to get in contact with your local homeless education liaison. They can help you enroll in school as a runaway if your mom is trying to interfere with your education.

    If you have any other questions about your situation or want to talk more about what’s going on and what other options there might be, please don’t hesitate to reach out on or 24/7 hotline 1-800-786-2929 or chat us at 1800runaway.org.

    Take care,
    NRS

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    I'm 17 I'll be 18 in nine months my mother had emergency custody of me after my dad kicked me out. She's abusive as well but I had no choice but to live with her. My boyfriend moved in with us and she claims he drained her of all her money when he had his own job and such. She sold the house she was leaving me an him at while she was a caregiver to an also abusive veteran. Who talks horribly about me and my boyfriend my mom goes back and forth between saying she's just gonna give me money and let me be and saying that she's gonna take me out of the fast paced school she put me in 5 months and unrolling me in the 1st place I'm already behind in school and I can't be with her I can't. I have to focus on me and my future and she tells me I dont love her and I'm horrible for not taking care of her and wanting to live with my brother, she has texted me basically abandoning me but also says I have to do exactly as she says until I'm 18 I'm Currently not living with her at all. I just want to be left alone to live my life with people who care and are supportive, maybe I'm wrong but I just I can't she tells me I'll never be anything but I feel like I'll never be anything if she's in my life cause she's so dependent on me to drop everything and just take care of her.im supposed to be a senior she enrolled me before finals so I have to now retake my second semester of junior year again becuase of her an now she's threating to unentoll me and god knows how long itll take for her to even take me back to school.

    I feel stuck I dont know what to do
    Last edited by ccsmod6; 11-05-2019, 10:56 PM.

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hi,

    Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you are in a tough situation at home with your Mom threatening to kick you out. It takes courage to ask for help, and we appreciate you sharing what is going on.

    It sounds like you are most concerned with the legality of leaving home without telling your Mom. We are not legal experts here, but it is our understanding that in the state of New York, an 18-year-old is considered a legal adult. Thus, you are able to leave home without parental consent. It is important to know where you will go and to have a plan for how you will survive once there. It sounds like you have thought out these parts of the situation. If you ever want to discuss the matter further or see what resources may be available to you as an independent person away from home, we are always here to help. Our number is 1-800-RUN-AWAY. You can also instant message us at 1800runaway.org.

    Again, you have shown bravery in reaching out to us. We know this isn’t an easy time, and we hope this is information helps. Stay safe and strong out there.

    Sincerely,
    NRS

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    Hello i am 18 years old and my mom has been threatening to kick me out, i want to go to new york where my friend lives so i can stay with her. my mom said she doesnt care where i go and that she is done with me, my question is can i do this without telling her because im legally an adult and i can leave whenever i please? i will be safe and comfortable, if i dont tell my mom would i get in trouble with the law for not telling her where im going?

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  • ccsmod1
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    Hey there,

    Thanks for reaching out, we know that it takes a lot of courage. We aren’t legal experts here at NRS, but generally speaking, if you do opt to leave your home your parents (or legal guardians) can file a runaway report, which is essentially a missing person report. Running away is a status offense; this means that it isn’t illegal, but it’s something you can’t do while still a minor. If a runaway report is filed and you are located by the authorities you will most likely be returned home. If you are close to 18, or since you finished your high school education, the local police may let you stay where you are but this policy differs greatly from city to city. If you'd like you can reach out to your local nonemergency police line by dialing 311 to verify what your local policy is.

    If you’d like to go over what’s going on in depth, or if you’d like to explore other options that you may have available to you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. You can also chat us by clicking on the “CHAT” button on top of our homepage. We’re open 24/7 and here to listen and support you in any way we can.

    Stay safe,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    If a child graduates before his or hers 18 Birthday can they legally leave the home?

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hello,

    Thank you for reaching out to us. In Indiana the age of majority is 18 and you are indeed considered to be an adult. This means you can move out without legal consequences. Best of luck and please call us at any time at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) if you have any additional questions.

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    Guest replied
    I'm 18 and graduating in May, And I live in Indiana, Am I legally allowed to move out?

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  • ccsmod6
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    Hello and thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. As far as we understand, you are legally an adult and have the right to live where you please as well as enroll yourself in school. However, you may have to live in a particular area to enroll in your particular school. While we think that you should be able to move out and not get kicked out of school, you may want to check with someone in your school’s administration to make sure. If you have any other questions or want to talk more about what’s going on, 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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    Guest replied
    If I'm an 18 year old senior and open enrolled in a school in Ohio, can I move out without me getting kicked out of my school?

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hello, 

    Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. We are not legal experts, but we can share some general information. When an individual turns 18 (the age of majority), they are considered a legal adult. This means that they can decide where they live and do not need parental consent to leave home. Being in high school would not necessarily affect this. 

    We hope this answers your question. If you or your child have any other questions or need support during this time, do not hesitate to call or chat with us. We are available 24/7 at 800-786-2929 and by chat at 1800runaway.org. 

    Good luck, 
    ​​​​​​​NRS

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    Guest replied
    can my 18 Year old move out if she is still in high school in indiana.

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  • ccsmod7
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    Hi there, thanks for reaching out.

    In most states, regardless of whether or not you have completed high school, you become a legal adult at 18. As a legal adult you can make your own life decisions including where you live and whether or not you want to continue your education. One thing to consider is where you would live and how you would survive without your parent's assistance. If you call or chat us, we can help you talk through possible options and resources if you need help making a plan for moving out: 1-800-RUNAWAY; www.1800runaway.org.

    Best,

    NRS
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