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    I am 17 years old living in Missouri can I move out and live with a family member where it's a stable home and have a job and be in school as well?

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    RE: 17 moving out

    Hello there –

    Thank you for taking the time out of your day to get into contact with us here at the National Runaway Safeline on our public forum. We are here to listen to you and here to help in any way that we can. Hopefully by helping you through this, there are others that are reading through the thread that will find it helpful as well. From your post to us, it sounds like you have are going through a very hard time right now and you need to leave your home without getting your parents to agree to it. It can cause a lot of stress not knowing what your next steps are going to be if you were to leave. Is this something that you have already talked to your parents about in the past?

    It can be a little tricky at the age of 17, but there are some cases in which a police officer won't take a runaway report for someone that age. It seems to be the case more if they are a little closer to turning 18 years old, along with having already graduated high school. This is not the case all the time of course, but it is something that we have heard of happening before from our callers. The only way to know for sure of that would be to reach out to your local non-emergency police and asking them hypothetical questions about running away. Knowing some facts about the subject can help you formulate a plan of action and you can see for yourself what would be possible and what isn't possible for you to do.

    Your parents may give you permission to live with another family, but without getting an official document from the court they would still be legally responsible for you until the age of 18. Which means that they can also take away that permission at any given moment and take you back home to live with them once again. So that can be an option for you if you feel like your parents might respond well to you living someplace else. Maybe coming up with a solid plan about what you’re planning on doing, how everything is going to work, and any miscellaneous things could be helpful in them seeing how much work you have put into this plan.

    Now we do offer a service that is basically a Conference Call where the parent, the youth, and us would be on the phone talking about what has been going on. This way there can be a mediator in between keeping things calm and productive. If you’d feel more comfortable with doing that, just know that it’s always available. Maybe you can even talk about who it would be beneficial for you to leave and live with another family member.

    Hope that this helps!
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