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  • ccsmod8
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    Hello there -

    Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to reach out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline on our public forum. We are always here to listen and here to help in any way that we can. It sounds like you're dealing with a lot at home with and you're thinking that the best way to deal with that would be to leave.

    Now we aren't legal experts here and you might have already read on this forum thread about what could happen if you were to leave home before the age of majority. So we won’t get into that since you can find it fairly easily. Usually a parent can petition the courts to have extended guardianship over their child, but they would have to prove that they child in question wasn’t able to take care of themselves in an adult capacity. Usually this means that they have some sort of mental and/or cognitive delay that makes functioning without help impossible. We aren’t sure if that's what you were referring to.

    If you have a specific question that you can't find the answer to on here or maybe find a place to vent about what you are feeling right now, you can always call us. It’s hard to talk to just anyone one about what has been going on. Please rest assured that we are completing confidential. So anything that you share with us will stay between us. We don’t ask for any identifying information, unless you want to report any abuse. Please reach out via phone or even our online chat for more help.

    Best of luck!

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    Are you allowed to legally move out of a home at 18, even if they say your mentally insane

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  • ccsmod15
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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. It sounds like you’re fearing that the situation may end in suicide if things don’t change. Your safety and well-being is important. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255); www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org is also a great resource to reach out to in addition to our crisis services.
    Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. This may be an isolating and lonely time for you, but you are not alone in this. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time.

    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.
    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).

    We hope to hear from you soon.
    Be safe and stay strong,
    NRS

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    Hi I'm turning 18 in 9 days. My parents and my councelor say that if im going to move I have to go to a school they approve of. And im unsure if thats a legal thing. But I live in neenah Appleton. I want to mpve to mediapplis iowa with my boyfriend and we have gotten plans for me to move out but are my parenta abpe to hold ke back because I'm halfway through school? I cant live there any longer. Theyre verbally and mentally abusive and if i stay any longer I know I will end up ending my own life. Being with them is not good to my mental health. Ive told my councelors this but they keep insisting i stay with my parents and graduate. Saying I'll make it through. I dont know what kind of people they are but theyre supposed to help me. Not make me stay in a place thats deteriorating my mental health. I dont know what to do. So many people are saying so many things.

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  • ccsmod15
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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.
    NRS

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    Im 18, and I haven't graduated yet, can I leave home without consent.

    I'm in conneaut ohio.

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hey there, thanks for writing to us here at the National Runaway Safeline (NRS). It sounds like you might be looking for advice, and unfortunately we cannot give advice as we are non-directive.

    You might consider talking to your grandparents and mom/parents about the possibility of staying with your grandparents (for the short or long-term), even a day or few days of respite from a stressful situation can sometimes be beneficial for everyone involved. If you’d like support talking with your mom, we offer a Conference Call service if you’d like to call us at 800-786-2929.

    You mentioned experiencing anxiety and sometimes talking through emotions and exploring options with someone can be useful. You might also consider talking to a counselor/therapist or trusted teacher or school counselor.

    While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without guardian permission. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions.

    If you are considering running away, you can also look up possible safe places at the National Safe Place at https://www.nationalsafeplace.org/find-a-safe-place.

    If you would like to talk more in detail or explore what local resources might be available, please contact us via our ONLINE CHAT SERVICE at www.1800runaway.org (click on the CHAT button) or our HOTLINE at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929). We are here for you and wish you all the best, NRS.

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    Hi, I'm 1 month away from turning 18 and my parents are making it very hard to wait till graduation to move out and live on my own. They make my anxiety sky rocket high and make me cry practically every night to the point where I wanna run away. They claim they care but they don't treat me like it. They treat me terrible and get mad at me for no reason. They also never let me be myself or let me express myself and when I get upset they blame my video game even tho that has nothing to do with it. I really wanna move out once i'm 18 and live with my grandparents but I don't think my mother would let me leave. But if I stay till I graduate they would drive me to run away. What do I do?

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for taking the time to contact us here at NRS. While we are not legal experts we can speak on this generally. The age of majority in most states is 18 which means you will more than likely be considered a legal adult on your birthday. Being a legal adult means you have the legal freedom to choose where you live even if you are still attending high school. We are here 24/7 if you would like to talk about your situation or if you are in need of any resources (shelter, transitional living programs, counseling, etc.). Please do not hesitate to reach us by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or through live chat at 1800runaway.org if you need any support.

    Be safe and good luck,
    NRS

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    I’m am gonna be 18 in 11 days and i am a senior in high school and i was wondering if i could move out when i turn 18 but still be in school?

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hello,

    Thank you for taking the time to contact us here at NRS and we appreciate you sharing your situation with us. It sounds like your daughter's friend has been in a very controlling household and you are willing to house her. While we are not legal experts, we can speak generally on this. At 18, your daughter's friend is more than likely considered a legal adult with the legal freedom to choose where she lives. She does have the ability to choose to move out and leave her parents' home.

    Please do not hesitate to reach out again by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or through live chat if you have any more questions or you are in need of any resources.

    Take care,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    My daughter has her Best Friend that has been confined to her home for years and been through emotional abuse. She cannot do anything in the home without having her parents watching her 24/7. Her father has even going to the point of having to sit right next to her and watch everything that she does on her computer, she has to ask to eat anything in the home, cannot leave the house and is to stay in her room unless she is on the computer where they can see everything that she is doing. She cannot talk to anybody at all. She has not had a phone and cannot call anybody. My daughter and her have been planning her escape for over 2 years now. She turned 18 2 weeks ago. DCFS has been called in and the mother will not let her talk to them. Myself and the school have called them. She also had a notebook of everything that has been done to her over the years and he mother tore her bedroom apart and took it from her. My question is can we go and get her from the home? She wants to leave. I have a room ready for her and everything. I have known this girl since they were in the 2nd grade and they never let her out for anything. I have also confronted the mother about having her over and it is always no. My daughter has stopped by her house to make sure she is ok and gets the door slammed in her face. I want her to come to a place where she is comfortable. Can I do this so my family does not get in trouble. I live in Illinois. Thank you.

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hi,
    Thanks for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. We are glad to be a resource to you as you navigate your rights, and figure out your next steps.

    It sounds like you want to know if you can leave your home as an 18-year-old who is still in secondary school. We are not legal experts here at the National Runaway Safeline, but it is our general understanding that once a person turns 18, in most states (Michigan included) they are able to leave their home without parental consent. This should apply even if the person is still in school. You might consider reaching out to Ozone House in Ann Arbor at 734-662-2222. They are a legal service that can refer you to other, more local legal services in your area that specialize in youth rights issues like yours.

    If you are interested in talking to us about your plan to leave, we would love to be a resource to you. We can help you get a good grip on where you might go, how you might get there, and what you might do to survive once there.

    We hope you have found this information helpful. If you did not, we encourage you to reach out to us by phone at 1-800-RUN-AWAY or by instant message at 1800runaway.org. We hope you stay safe and stay strong.

    Sincerely,
    NRS

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    i just turned 18 can i leave my mothers house and im in 12 grade i live in flint Michigan

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,
    Thank you for reaching The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen.
    We are not legal experts but in Minnesota the legal age to leave home without parental consent is 18 years old. So even though you are still in high school you would be allowed to move out of your parent’s home.
    We hope that 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 to provide support to you. Best of luck!
    NRS
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