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    i tried to leave home about a week ago because my parents and i have been fighting for weeks straight. im 17 right now but turn 18 in 2 weeks. i plan to leave on my birthday and am going to be staying at my best friends house. her mom is okay with it and i have many people around me who are supportive. i just want to be sure that i can move out safely when im 18 and that my parents wont be able to try and take me back in as a runaway. last week when i tried to leave, i left home in the morning with a bag of clothes but my dad took that away and later in the morning when i was at school my mom came and tried to drop me out of school. once im 18 can she still drop me out? i graduate the following saturday and i cannot have her drop me out now.

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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.
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