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  • #31
    I'm 16 and live with my step family rn but something happened and now I have to leave they don't want me here anymore. My dad isn't letting me stay with him & I don't want to live with my mom because she's not a good person.i have a friend who's mom willing to take me in but doesn't have any legal papers on me but I was wondering can I enroll myself into school I really don't wanna go back to my mom but I'm not emancipated.

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    • ccsmod15
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      Hey there,
      Thanks for reaching out to NRS. It seems like things have become very complicated and you are hoping to stay with a friend’s family that you find more supportive and healthy compared to living with your mom. It probably feels isolating not having a secure place to go, or at least that where you will be living is up in the air right now. The good news seems to be that you have a family willing to be supportive of you even if it might be complicated actually follow through with that plan.
      Generally, as long as you have parent or guardian permission to be in a particular home then that is all you need. So emancipation might not be strictly necessary. The difficulty is that whomever is your legal guardian could change their mind and ask for you to return “home” with whatever is considered reasonable notice. In short you can likely stay with your friend and their family, but only with permission.
      You mentioned that your step-family is making you feel like you aren’t allowed or wanted there. You don’t deserve to suddenly have the rug taken out from under you like that by them over one bad act. Family is meant to support, and if they are your legal guardians they actually would be considered negligent to kick you out without providing you a safe place to go.
      In regards to school you can enroll at any time without a parent, and without any paperwork as well. This is through the McKinney-Vento act and your school district is legally required to have a homeless liaison who can help you to enroll and even get free lunches. Eventually they might need to talk with a parent or guardian though, but initial enrollment should be possible. Even just the fact that you could be kicked out now might even qualify you on its own for services since housing insecure also counts.
      Hopefully this information has been helpful and gives you a direction to go. If you have more questions please feel free to reach out directly through our chatline at https://www.1800runaway.org/ or by phone at 1-800-786-2929 (1-800-RUNAWAY).
      Stay Safe,
      NRS

  • #32
    Thank you for responding! My friend and I had discussed in the past what we can do and I plan on leaving in December because I work and wanna save as much as possible before leaving. I only have a year and a half until I turn 18. Also I had went to the same school as my friend during freshman yr, I'm in 11th now and I wanna go back to the same school again. Will that trigger something in the records or will me enrolling again in the same school as a homeless youth make them contact my mom because I'm afraid of that happening.

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    • ccsmod15
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      It takes a lot of courage to reach out so thank you for taking that first step with us. We are by no means legal experts. It is great that you have been putting together a plan and saving money. A great first place to reach out to is National Center for Homeless Education at 1 (800) 308-2145 they can put you in contact with the state coordinators for your state and they can give a little bit more details on the process. It is possible that someone might try and contact your mom. It could be worth contacting a counselor at your current school and getting their opinions on what next steps should be. Remember you are not alone, and you can contact us as well about next steps or if you just want to talk about what's going on right now in your life we are 24/7 and always happy to listen our phone number is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) and we do have a live chat option as well.
      Stay strong and stay safe.
      NRS

  • #33
    I'm 12 and I used to live in California. My mom moved all of us to Minnesota after my dad passed away. I want to run away back to California and take my siblings with me but I cant because there's too much of us (. I'm scared because her boyfriend has said that hes going to sell us and she agreed. She doesn't really feed us and her bf smokes crack. I'm scared to report this to anyone because they might not take me seriously and I'm scared of splitting my siblings up. My older sisters said they're willing to take care of us but ik there's too many of us. If I run away to them will they get into trouble?? I don't know what to do but I also don't want to leave them alone. I can't find a job because I'm too young and I overheard that my mom is going to put us in homeschool soon. I just don't know where to turn to.

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    • ccsmod15
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      Hello,

      You mentioned some things that raise concern for your safety and well-being. If any harm or abuse is happening at home, you have the right to report it. We are not experts on the issue, but generally once it's been reported, social services will either decide whether or not to take the case and further investigate. Having crack in the house and them considering to put you into a trafficking situation is likely grounds for an investigation.
      If they do take the case, they will send out someone from child protective services to do an investigation (interviewing people in the household) and from there they will decide the level of danger within the household. It generally ranges from no danger (the youth stays in the home, some services are given, and the case is closed), moderate danger (they will provide family services with possible temporary displacement) and high danger (they will remove the youth from the home and offer certain services). They generally try to keep siblings of similar ages together and if your older sisters would likely be first on the list of people to place you with. They would also get help in supporting you and your other siblings from the state to help take care of you.

      If you feel like this is an option you want to explore, you may find this website helpful: https://www.childhelp.org/child-abuse/. We can also help you to file a report if that’s the route you are considering.

      Please be safe and reach out soon by phone or chat so that we may help.
      Take care,
      NRS
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