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    I don't want to live with my parents anymore, we don't get along at all and we yell at each other all the time and I'm so sick of being in the same house as them I just want to leave but they won't let me. I have already told them I'm leaving but they said no. So I can't leave because they don't want me to but I want to leave so bad I can't stay here anymore. What do I do?

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    Thanks so much for writing to the National Runaway Safeline. Sounds like you’re experiencing a lot of tension and frustration at home. It also sounds like you’re tired of living like that. It takes courage to ask for help, and it’s great that you’re thinking about your plan before leaving home. We are here to listen and support you however we can. If you are under the age of 18 and you leave home without permission, you could be considered a runaway. This means that your parents could call the police, who might force you to return home. Running away is not a crime, however anyone who allows you to stay with them could risk criminal charges for harboring a runaway.

    We are not legal experts. Laws are different from state to state, county to county, city to city. In some areas, police might not take a runaway report for youth who are close to turning 18, or they might take a report but not force a youth to return home. How a local police department responds to the situation can vary drastically. A good way to find out the laws in your area is to call your local police and ask what their policies are. You can also call us any time 24/7 or reach out to us on live chat to talk through your situation and come up with a plan. We are looking forward to hearing from you soon, and wish you the best of luck.
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

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