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  • ccsmod16
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    Hi,
    thanks for reaching out. If you are a homeless student, you can call the National Center for Homeless Education Helpline at 1-800-308-2145 and they will help you to find out if you qualify.
    If you have a different circumstance, please call us at 1-800-786-2929 or chat us through this website to discuss your situation.
    We truly hope to hear from you soon.
    Sincerely,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I am 13 how can I in roll myself into school

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  • ccsmod16
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    Hi, thanks for reaching out; we are glad that you did. We don't have the answers to your questions. We would have to talk this over with you. All youth shelters would require parental consent, and as a minor you are prevented by law from getting your own place.
    For emancipation, you would have to prove to a judge that you have a job that enables you to fully support yourself; emancipation is the only way to be granted the right to act as an adult before you reach the age of majority.
    We hope that you will chat us through this website so we can have a conoversation with you.
    We truly hope to hear from you soon.
    Sincerely,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    im 15 and when i turn 16 i plan on going to seattle by myself without parental consent, idk how i can find a place to stay and attend school so id like for u to reply to this with ways how i can without emancipation and stuff. I dont wanna call fyi

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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

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    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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    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

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    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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    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

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    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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  • ccsmod3
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    Hey there, and thanks for contacting NRS. We know that it can take a lot of courage to reach out for support, and we're glad you took that step. It sounds like you've had a difficult time as of late, and we're sorry to hear that. It must be pretty tough trying to figure out how to get enrolled in school and continue to attend on your own, all while you're dealing with so many other things.

    The good news is, because of the McKinney-Vento Act, you CAN continue attending school, even though you're not living at home. The McKinney-Vento Act permits homeless, runaways and unaccompanied youth to continue attending school, without some of the normal things they'd need to enroll (like medical records, parental consent, etc.). You can learn more here: https://www.federalregister.gov/docu...youths-program

    Assuming you were not attending a private school, you should be able to continue attending, or enroll somewhere else, without issue. You can ask to speak to the school social worker and let them know that you'd like to enroll under the McKinney-Vento Act. Often times, schools have representatives who are there specifically to help with this, so don't hesitate to speak with someone if you have any questions or concerns.

    If you'd like to chat in more detail about what's going on, please feel free to reach out to us directly by calling 1-800-RUNAWAY, or by chatting with us live at www.1800runaway.org. We're available 24/7 and are always happy to listen, and to help.

    Take care.

    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Hi im 17 about to be 18 in less then 7 months. I runaway from home. I have ran away before die to the fact that the family that i was living wit were emotionally abusive and affect my mental stability and neglect my needs for emotional support. The reason why i decide to leave was because the day before i left my stepdads father and i got into a argument due to something my sister cause which lead to me being involved. And he basically told me to leave, and then was going to call the cops on me bc i ''shoved'' my mom when she had falsely claimed that his accusation was wrong. And this ''shoving'' issues occured because i was trying to get inside my room to grab my things, because i was told to leave. Then as the night came i was told i wasnt allowed to sleep on ny bed and me and ny sister beds were against our walls and they also threaten to make me sleep outside. So i decided i couldn't take it anymore and decided to leave. And as time went on my family decided to report me as a runaway, but i was also told if i were to comeback to that house i would just have to take all my stuff and leave. I have been gone for about a month, and registration for is enrollment is coming up and im really close to graduating early and i dont know how to keep doing school. I just want to finish school. But i cant go back home, so i dont know what to do.

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  • ccsmod13
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out to us here at NRS. It sounds like you are in a tough spot at home and are considering your options for leaving. While we are not legal experts, we can provide a general sense of runaway laws and the process of enrolling in school as an unaccompanied minor. 18 is usually the age you are able to leave home without permission from your parents. If you leave as a minor, your parents can report you as a runaway to the police. Running away is not illegal, but it is a status offense. This means the police can return you home if you are found.

    You mentioned wanting to know more about enrolling in school without your parents consent. Sometimes it is possible to enroll in school without a legal guardian through the McKinney Vento Act. This protects every young person's right to an education regardless of current housing situation. We can't say with 100% confidence if you would or would not be able to enroll since policies can often vary by state, county, and school district. Each school has a designated McKinney Vento Liaison who assists minors with continuing their education and staying enrolled in school and they would be able to provide more information on school enrollment. You can go to https://nche.ed.gov/ to find your local liaison.

    We are available 24/7 for immediate support if you would like to talk more about your situation and explore your possible options.

    Be safe,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    hi im 16 years old and im wanting to runaway with my sister, but we both want to enroll ourselves into another school without our parents, if we are not reported missing can we enroll into another school, if so how?

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  • ccsmod9
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hi there. Thanks for reaching out to NRS, it sounds like you are in a really tough situation and it’s really brave of you to reach out for help.

    If you need a safe place to stay, you can reach out to National Safe Place at 1-888-290-7233 or www.nationalsafeplace.org and they will be able to tell you where to go in your community for shelter, and might even be able to help you get transportation there.

    As far as emancipation, the rules for this are different for each state. We can help you find the specific guidelines for your sate if you reach out to us by phone or chat! Our hotline number is 1-800-RUNAWAY and you can chat us by going to www.1800runaway.org and clicking on the chat button. That way we can get more specifics about your situation and help you understand the guidelines!

    Thanks again for reaching out, and we hope to hear from you soon! Be safe.
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