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    justa quick question, exactly the night i turn 18 can i run away? i i dont want to get into my situation just a question

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    Hi there, thanks for reaching out! It sounds like you are hoping to leave home as soon as you can and have a question about leaving immediately at age 18. We are not legal experts, but in most states, 18 is the legal age of adulthood. If you live in a state where 18 is the legal adult age, you can leave at that age without being considered a runaway if your parents no longer have custody over you (such as for medical reasons). If you are not sure of your state's legal age, you can find it at .

    Some people consider leaving a note or letting their parents know they are leaving so their parents are not worried. While you cannot be considered a runaway once you are an adult, if they are concerned for your safety, they could file you as a missing person. We do offer conference calling if you wanted some support in starting that conversation. Call us anytime at 1-800-786-2929.

    We are here 24/7 by chat and phone so reach out if you have any more questions or want to talk more about your options (like where to go and live, getting a job, etc).
    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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