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  • #46
    Hi so I’m thinking of moving out because my parents are making me do things that I don’t believe in and don’t want to do (religious things not anything bad)but anyways I am so done with them too because they’re always arguing and bring my hopes down when I talk to them abt my future and what I want to be so I’d rather go live somewhere else and prove to them that I don’t need them in order to achieve what I can do.I live in Massachusetts and I want to know if there is like a foster home or like a homeless cabin for us teenagers to go for awhile until I turn 18

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      Thanks for reaching out us and telling us what you’re going through. It sounds like you’re going through a rough time at home. We’re here to listen and help the best way we can.
      You mentioned that you’re thinking about leaving home. If you do leave without your parents’ permission, that would be considered running away. You can’t get arrested for running away since it’s not illegal. Something to keep in mind though is if you’re staying with someone who knows about your situation, they could face charges of harboring running away if the police find you there.
      One option might be emancipation. We aren’t legal experts, but we can give you some general information. In Massachusetts, there isn’t a formal procedure but you would probably need to file a petition with the Probate and Family Court in your county. A judge would most likely determine if the petition is granted.
      There might also be other options depending on your situation. If you’d like to explore what those options might be, you can call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY or reach out to us on our chat line at www.1800runaway.org. We’re sorry that you are having a difficult time at home. Stay safe!

  • #47
    I live in **** Oklahoma I’m 17 and me and my mom always fight 24/7 I need to move out
    Last edited by ccsmod7; 11-04-2018, 11:33 PM.

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    • ccsmod7
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      Hello there, thanks for reaching out today. Sounds like you and your mom are really going through it, and you are wanting to move out at 17. We are not legal experts but we can talk generally about what leaving home at 17 in Oklahoma could look like.

      The easiest way for you to leave home at 17 is with permission from your guardian. If you leave home without permission, your mom may file a runaway report with the police. Generally speaking, if you encounter a police officer while reported as a runaway, you will likely be returned home. However,sometimes local police have different protocols for older 17 year old youth. One way to find out the laws in your area is to call your local police and ask what their policies are regarding runaway youth. Another thing to consider is that while running away is not a crime, a legal adult who allows you to stay with them may be putting themselves at risk for being charged with harboring a runaway.

      Please do not hesitate to call or chat if you have questions, need resources, or need to talk. We can explore your situation, go over all your options, and come up with a plan and resources to deal with your situation over the phone or on live chat. We are looking forward to hearing from you soon, and wish you the best of luck.

      -NRS

  • #48
    Hi, I’m 17 and will be 18 at the end of January. I really want to move out because I feel like a burden on my moms life. I have no financial support for my senior year, and I mostly have the responsibility to pay for everything myself. We get into arguments about money mostly because that’s all she thinks about instead of my feelings. I live in Lewisville and wanted to know what steps I should take to leave?

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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 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. 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 email 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

  • #49
    I’m from Hawaii and me and my mom doesn’t really talk to Each other anymore and when my mom found out that I liked girls we got into a huge fight where my siblings had to hop in smh

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    • ccsmod9
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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. 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 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).
      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, NRS

  • #50
    I’m from Hawaii Ouha and is will be 17 next week I wanna move out cause I’m doing my mother’s job and is watching kids cooking dinner and cleaning house I’m not able to leave home to anywhere unless it’s for school or a family things I need to move ASAP plz lmk
    Last edited by ccsmod4; 12-07-2018, 06:28 AM.

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    • #51
      Reply: I’m from Hawaii Ouha

      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.
      It sounds like you have been given a lot of responsibility for watching children and maintaining the household chores. You should be commended for stepping to this huge task.
      Sometimes things can become overwhelming and frustrating at the same time. It’s understandable as to why you would feel the way you do.
      It would probably make things less stressful if you had some form of escapism. Something to do so you can relax and spend some time just doing something for you.
      The frustration has lead you to feel that you would like to move out and be on your own.
      That seems like it would take having a plan on surviving on your own.
      We would be glad to listen to you about your plan to move out.

      Sometimes talking things out might ignite some ideas and options that maybe has not been thought of. You are not alone. NRS is here to listen and here to help. We want you to know we are here to support you during this difficult time.
      If you would like to talk more about your situation and explore some options, please contact us at 1-800-Runaway (786-2929) or www.1800runaway.org
      You did such a great job reaching out today. And you are doing a great job taking care of things at home. We hope you feel better for having a chance to express your feelings.

      Take care,
      NRS

      We hope this response was helpful! We’d love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis email/forum. Your feedback plays an important role in helping us improve our services to youth and families. Please click the link to fill out our survey: Your Opinion Matters to Us

      Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

      National Runaway Safeline
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      1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

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      • #52
        Im a 17 year old female having problems with my mother because she's been very rough with me when it comes to mental-abuse. Ive been hearing that in hidalgo tx is it legal to be able to move out and i used to have a part time job.

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          Hey there,

          Thanks so much for reaching out to us, it takes a lot of courage to share your story. No one deserves to be abused. It must be very stressful to share a home with someone who doesn’t respect you. We’re not legal experts, but the age of majority in Texas is 18, which means that anyone under 18 would still be considered a minor. If you decide to leave home, it’s a good idea to think about how you will cover your necessities. Important things consider are how you will get to/from school, how you will secure food/clothing/housing, etc.

          Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you would like to talk more in depth about what’s going on or if you want to talk about options that may be available to you. You can contact us anytime by giving us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY or chatting in by clicking on the “CHAT” button on top of our home page. We’re open 24/7 and here to listen and support you in any way that we can.

          All the best,
          NRS

      • #53
        So what is the procedure on moving n getting ur own place flawlessly. Like I need answers

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        • ccsmod9
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          18 years old is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian. We are not legal experts here but we can speak in general terms. If you are under 18 and leave home without permission, your parent/guardian may file a runaway report with the police. What actions the police take once you are filed as a runaway can vary a lot from state to state and even city to city so we cannot predict exactly what would happen in your case. Generally speaking, if you encounter a police officer while reported as a runaway, you will likely be returned home. However, in that case there may be services (family counseling, etc.) available to you as a youth in crisis/runaway but again, police procedures related to offering those services can be different based on your location or the details of your situation. Another thing to consider is that while running away is not a crime, a legal adult who allows you to stay with them may be putting themselves at risk for being charged with harboring a runaway. One way to find out the laws in your area is to call your local police and ask what their policies are regarding runaway youth.

      • #54
        Hi. I'm 16 and I turn 17 in July. Umm I am having a rough time at my house in Indiana. My parents and siblings are constantly fighting and I'm constantly crying in my room. I saw that at 17 you can move out without parent consent. Is that true or do I have to wait even longer?

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        • ccsmod3
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          Hi there,
          Thanks for reaching out to National Runaway Safeline and sharing a little bit about what is going. It takes a lot of courage to reach out and especially in a time where you have a really tough and complex situation at home. You can also seek help is reaching out to a friend, teacher, or counselor at school that can help you look for resources. Your mental health is important.
          One thing we encourage youth at 17 is to reach out to your local non-emergency line number and ask to speak to someone who knows runaway laws and ask about how they might respond if they were to get a call from a parent about their youth wanting to leave at 17 as the laws vary from state to state.
          One of our main goals is to make sure you are safe, so if you ever seriously decide to run away and need shelter, resources, or a safe place to go you can find safe locations at nationalsafeplace.org or reach out to us directly and we can find local resources in your area. We are here for you and will support you in anyway that we can. Please feel free to call into us directly as we can talk further about your situation and find resources that are best for you in your area. Stay strong and you are not alone in this! Our hotline ( 1-800-RUNAWAY) and chat are open 24/7.

          -NRS

      • #55
        Hi. I would like to ask a important question. I'm currently 17 about to turn 18. Currently I'm planning on moving out of and away from my parents place. Currently I'm still in school at the moment and all of this is in the state of West Virginia. Would it be legal to move away and out of my parents house t the age of 18 while still in school? Any answers would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
        Last edited by ccsmod4; 01-08-2019, 01:37 AM.

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        • #56
          Reply: Hi. I would like to ask a important question...

          Hi, thanks for contacting the National Runaway Safeline.

          18 years old is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian. We are not legal experts here but we can speak in general terms. If you are under 18 and leave home without permission, your parent/guardian may file a runaway report with the police. What actions the police take once you are filed as a runaway can vary a lot from state to state and even city to city so we cannot predict exactly what would happen in your case. Generally speaking, if you encounter a police officer while reported as a runaway, you will likely be returned home. However, in that case there may be services (family counseling, etc.) available to you as a youth in crisis/runaway but again, police procedures related to offering those services can be different based on your location or the details of your situation. Another thing to consider is that while running away is not a crime, a legal adult who allows you to stay with them may be putting themselves at risk for being charged with harboring a runaway. One way to find out the laws in your area is to call your local police and ask what their policies are regarding runaway youth. Also they may be able to inform you if you can still leave at 18 even if you are still in school.
          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).

          Take care,
          NRS
          Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

          National Runaway Safeline
          [email protected] (Crisis Email)
          1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

          Tell us what you think about your experience!
          https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YourOpinionMattersToUs

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          • #57
            Hi I am a 17 year old girl who wants to move out and I was wondering if I could . My mother gave me permission to fully move out with a friend of mine but I wanted to know a bit more on how this work and what to do now . I am 17 and just got permission to move out . I mostly wanna move out to become more independent and I already buy my own stuff and already have a job and had one since 16. A little help please?

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            • ccsmod10
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              Hey there,

              Thanks so much for contacting us, we know it takes a lot of courage to reach out. We’re not legal experts here at NRS but if you mother has approved an independent living situation you should be OK. It is worth mentioning that this only stands as long as your mother approves. If at any point your mother rescinds permission you would be required to return home.

              Living on your own can create some unforeseen issues. Since you are a minor you may have issues finding a landlord that will rent to you. You will also need to plan out how you will cover basic necessities like rent, utilities, travel, food, clothing, etc. This can all influence your decision to leave.

              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.

              All the best,
              NRS

          • #58
            Hi I'm a parent of a 17 1/2 year old. In Arizona we fell on some very difficult times and ended up homeless. We made the decision to allow our 17 yrold stay in AZ with a family friend so he can graduate. A very good friend offered us help in Nevada to get in our feet which we gratefully took. Although Imy son is safe where he is. I miss him teriblly, while we are trying to heal as a family he ( has younger siblings and a sister on the way)..he is still very bitter toward us. I don't want to force him to come home, However he is a bit demanding about what our responsibilities as parents are. He isn't self sufficient ( someone else is paying rent food) but he thinks he is because he had a job. The family friend is not fmmunicating with us. Which is very frustrating. He has older sibling that are happy healthy thriving young adults I don't believe we're re bad parents .. Should I let him go? We've told him over and over again he always has a place with us. Just as we are here for his older siblings when they fall on their face God knows we have fallen on our face.But I feel like he wants financial ( stuff support) not actual work to heal as a family...Gah this is maddening!! I've read so many of the posts on here..I'm not a runaway but I once once and I wish I knew about this help back then..I'm 45 now I just want to preserve my relationship with my son, rather then push him away but don't wanted to he guilted Everytime we talk...
            thanks for your time sorry I didn't know where to post tjis

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            • ccsmod7
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              Thank you for reaching out and sharing your story with us. It sounds like you really care about your son’s well-being and are trying your best to have a good relationship with him. We cannot give advice but we are here to listen and support you and your son.

              Since your son is still legally a minor it is your decision where he lives. You can give him temporary permission to live somewhere else, but it is within your legal right to have police intervene and bring him home any time before he turns 18. It is understandable you are frustrated with the lack of communication between you and your son and feeling supported is important. You can reach out to an organization called Team HOPE at 1-866-305-4673 to talk to other parents who have been in difficult situations with their children to receive support.

              You could give our number to your son if you think it might be helpful for him to talk to someone about how he is feeling about the situation. Please call us at 1-800-786-2929 if you or your son want to talk more or explore other options.

          • #59
            Hi I’m 15 and pregnant



            im in North Carolina and are flieing for authorization of Underage Marriage papers can I leave home before the court hearing and before my parents get the papers

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            • ccsmod3
              ccsmod3 commented
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              Hi thank you so much for reaching out. We aren't legal experts but we can speak generally on things. In general, if you leave home without permission your parents have the right to file a runaway report with the police. You aren't doing anything illegal but it is a status offense. This means that if you are found you will be returned to your parents or legal North Carolina. Since you are not legally married until the court hearing and you have your parents' permission, then this still applies. Thank you again for reaching out and we are always here to talk at 1800RUNAWAY

          • #60
            Hey I’m 17 years old i don’t feel at home no more both my Parents think I always lie until I have to go out of my or just take picture or record whatever I’m doing to them to believe me my own presence gets them irritated I’m not perfect but living in this house isn’t living I don’t feel at home I’m always thinking I should leave and leave but I can’t I have plans to move out once I turn 18 but I can’t do this I need to get out now I need advice or at least some one to listen to me

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              ccsmod2 commented
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              Hello There,
              Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we know it takes a lot of courage to reach out during this challenging time in your life. We are not legal experts but we do have general knowledge of the laws. If you were to leave home without your parents’ permission before you are 18 years old, your parents have the right to file a runaway report. You would most likely not get in any legal trouble, but if the police found you they would most likely bring you back home.
              If you are considering leaving home you may want to consider where you would go. Your safety is our top concern and if you left home we want you to be safe. One option is you could ask to stay with family or friends. Another option could be transitional living programs or shelter. If you would like to explore your options please give us a call.
              We hope this information was helpful in your situation. We wish you the best of luck. If you would like to talk more or have more questions call us, we are here 24/7.
              Best of Luck!
              NRS
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