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  • ccsmod6
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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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    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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  • ccsmod4
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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

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    Guest replied
    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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  • ccsmod6
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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

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    Guest replied
    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
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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

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    Guest replied
    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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  • ccsmod0
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    Hey there,

    Because you are 18, yes you are allowed to leave the home without legal consequences, but whether or not you are allowed to come back once you leave is up to the owner of the home. So it may be a good idea to have an agreement with whoever you are living with before you go do things with your friends.

    Best of luck,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    If I’m 18 and want to leave the house to go do something with my friends do I have to ask for permission or am I good.

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hey there,
    Thanks for reaching out to NRS, it seems like you are being prevented from leaving home by your mom being controlling. In VA the age of majority is 18. So your mom cannot legally stop you from leaving as far as we know, although we are not legal experts. She could try to withhold any financial aid that she might be giving right now, or food etc since as an adult you could be expected to fend for yourself. There are programs to help with food, housing and even getting a degree if you were to look at a Temporary Living Place or something similar. She wouldn’t though, be able to try and send police to go get you and bring you home since you are an adult and can choose for yourself where to live.
    Hopefully this information is helpful for you, if you have more questions or just need to vent you can always reach us at 1-800-RUNAWAY.

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    Guest replied
    I’m a 18 year old and im looking for help. I live in va im trying to move out but I know if i try to my moms going threaten me like shes always does. What can I do?

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  • ccsmod0
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    Hey there,

    Generally, the legal age you can leave your home is 18. If you are in fact 18, there should be no legal consequences to leaving. We are not legal experts, but you can contact your local nonemergency police number to find out the laws in your area. . 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).

    Best of luck,
    NRS

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    I am 18 and still go to school. I live in NE. If I move out, and the police is contacted, what can happen?

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for taking the time to reach out and share a bit about your situation. It was really responsible of you to seek out more information about your circumstances.

    Generally speaking, your parents are your legal guardians until you turn 18, so they can decide where you live. If you do choose to leave without permission, your parents can report you as a runaway to the police. Running away is not illegal, but it is a status offense. This means that if your parents know where you are staying then they can have the police return you home.

    Because you are minor, you are not able to legally enter into contracts. This means you would most likely not be able to rent an apartment or live in your own space without the help of a parent/legal guardian. The easiest way to leave home as a minor is with your parents’ permission. In this case, they would be allowing you to live somewhere else where you are safe and being cared for. A helpful step is to start reaching out to friends and family members you might be able to stay with. Sometimes having an adult advocate on your side can make communicating your needs more effective to your parents. Perhaps an adult family member, a friend's parent or a counselor at school can talk to your parents with you about your experience at home and the possibility of you leaving.

    We truly want to be a support for you as you decide on your next steps. We are available 24/7 to listen and help as much as possible. Please do not hesitate to reach out again by phone or chat if you would like to talk more in-depth about your situation and explore your options. You can contact us by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or use our live chat services at www.1800runaway.org.

    Stay safe,
    NRS
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