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  • ccsmod7
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out to us here at National Runaway Safeline, we are so glad that you did. While we are not legal experts, we do have a general understanding of some youth related laws. In relation to your question - the age of majority is defined as the age that a person is considered a legal adult, and this varies per State. In most states the age of majority is 18 years old; however, if you live in Nebraska, Mississippi or Alabama, the age of majority is older than 18 years old. With this background information provided, the simple answer is that if you are or, are older than, the age of majority for the state that you live in then you are considered a legal adult and can make your own decisions without parental consent, assuming that there are no other extenuating circumstances that would require you to have parental consent to leave.

    If it would be helpful to have a fuller conversation with us including more details about your situation, please reach out via chat through our website (www.1800runaway.org) or on our phone hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) to talk this through. We are here to help 24/7 and we hope to hear from you soon!

    Good luck!

    Sincerely,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Ok. I’m 18, still in school and living at home. Can I leave and go somewhere for a day without parental consent?

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  • ccsmod16
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    Hello! Thank you for reaching out to the NRS!

    We're sorry to hear about your struggles at home. We hear you, you should not be treated that way at home by your brother or parents and you deserve to be somewhere that makes you feel wanted and safe.

    You mentioned that you are suicidal -- we take suicide very seriously here at the NRS. If you feel like you are suicidal and a danger to yourself, we highly advise you contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800)-273-8255 or call 911. Additionally, if you feel as though you're going through your mental health issues alone, a great resource is NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. They have great support groups there with people going through similar issues at https://www.nami.org/Support-Education/Support-Groups.

    Regarding running away or at least getting away from your home, we hear you. It sounds like you’ve been in a very overwhelming environment with your brother and parents, and it’s understandable why you would want to get away from it all. That said, we still wanted to share some information with you on that matter. We aren't legal experts here at NRS, but because you are 18, you are no longer a minor and can freely move out if you so choose. That said, if you are committed to leaving, there are some other things to consider including where you would go, how you would get there, and how you would support yourself. We aren’t here to tell you what to do or what not to do, but we encourage you to continue fleshing out your feelings and plans with people you trust so you can make the most informed decision for yourself.

    If you have questions or just want to talk about your situation more with one of our representatives feel free to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929) or chat with us at 1800runaway.org.

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Im 18 and still in school but i hate my good for nothing familly.my brother is very mean to me even if im trying to help him and my parents dont let me be myself without making fun of me and they always expect big things from me and i cant take it anymore.i have even considered killing myself but i was always to scared to do it myself and i am wondering if i should just leave and find
    somewhere to live away from them and out of town

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  • ccsmod15
    commented on Guest's reply
    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 even if you are in high school. 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 forum 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

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Once i’m 18 can i move out even if i’m still in high school?

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  • ccsmod5
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hello,

    Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. We appreciate you reaching out. It sounds like you want to travel to Florida after you turn 18.

    Depending on what state you are located, the age of majority or when a person becomes a legal adult is 18 years old. We are not legal expert and seems like you could travel as an adult We want to make sure you are safe and if you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon.

    Again, we are here as support to help and please contact us any time.

    National Runaway Safeline

    [email protected] (Crisis Email)

    1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

    Tell us what you think about your experience!

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Hey, I turn 18 in October and I want to bus down to Florida in December while I am on winter break can my mom stop me from doing so?

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  • ccsmod15
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hi there,

    Thank you for contacting us here at the National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We're glad you reached out and we're here to help you as much as we can.

    Typically, once you are 18, you are considered a legal adult. That means you can move out of your parents home if you'd like to and you do not have to be graduated from high school in order to do so. NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email or bulletin for assistance, so if you have other specific questions or want to talk in more detail about a situation, 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.

    We hope to hear from you soon.

    Be safe and take care,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    If I’m a highschool senior homeschooled and I’m 18 do I have to stay living with parents until graduation in Oklahoma… or do you have to be 18 and graduate highschool first before moving out? Like does the law allow 18 year olds to move out or you have to be 18 and graduate

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  • ccsmod15
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hello, thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. In most of the states, the age of majority (no longer considered a minor) is 18, which means you would be able to leave home. There are a few states where the age of majority is over 18, but it is often a gray area for enforcement as it relates to running away. If you do decide to move in with your boyfriend, you may want to consider if it will create any challenges with attending school. Additionally, you may want to think about being able to support yourself if things do not work out or if you decide living separately is the best option. We hope that everything works out for you. If you would like to discuss this further, you are always welcome to call 1-800-Runaway (786-2929) or visit www.1800Runaway.org (live chat). Best of luck, NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I’m 18 and my boyfriend wants me to move in after Christmas but my siblings won’t let me is it okay if I move and they can do nothing about it?

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  • ccsmod2
    commented on Guest's reply
    Thank you for reaching out to NRS! We are here to help. We are not legal experts, however 18 is the legal age in most states to leave home without consent. The legal documents you may want to gather are your social security card, birth certificate , health insurance card and your state ID or license. The police will not have your legal documents. You can call your local social security office and ask them the process for obtaining a new social security card or if you know the number, you may not need the actual card. If you would like a new birth certificate, you can contact a local vital records office. The other option would be to ask your parents for all your documents. Thank you again for reaching out to NRS! We hope that this answer was helpful! Please reach out again at anytime or call us at 1-800-runaway.

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I'm planning on moving out when I turn 18 in about 2 months but I don't know if my parents will allow me to leave. At 18 am I able to call the cops and demand my legal documents then leave? I'm planning on transferring back to my old high school as well that is in a different state. Would I be able to legally move out without their consent as well as transfer schools if I get the legal documentation needed?

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  • ccsmod7
    commented on Guest's reply
    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.

    You mentioned wanting to know how you can leave home before turning 18. The easiest way to leave home is with your Mom's permission. We understand that might be challenging, however, maybe there’s another family member, relative, or a family friend who could help to communicate how you’re feeling to your Mom. The second way is through Child Protective Services (CPS) if safety is a concern. Lastly, you can also look into emancipation options. In most states you need to be at least 16 to be considered and demonstrate that you can support yourself financially and independently. Emancipation often can be a lengthy process and may even cost some money for court fees. We would be happy to look into legal resources if that’s something you are considering.

    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.
    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,
    NRS
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