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    My mom is verbally and mentally abusive. When I was 15 I was removed from her care and placed under the guardianship of her best friend from high school. I lived there for 6 months before she came and picked me up. CPS had deemed my mom unfit to take care of me, yet currently I am in her care. I have already filed cases against her through CPS and DHS numerous times, all the charges have been dropped. My mom calls me a slut and a whore. She tells me I am worthless and an accident; that I don't belong and that she wishes I was never born. I have a history of self harm, and I would like to find a way to move out before I turn 18 in four months. Please help..

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    re: plese help, im 17 and being abused

    Hey,

    18 years old is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian. We are not legal experts here but we can speak in general terms. If you are under 18 and leave home without permission, your parent/guardian may file a runaway report with the police. What actions the police take once you are filed as a runaway can vary a lot from state to state and even city to city so we cannot predict exactly what would happen in your case. Generally speaking, if you encounter a police officer while reported as a runaway, you will likely be returned home. However, in that case there may be services (family counseling, etc.) available to you as a youth in crisis/runaway but again, police procedures related to offering those services can be different based on your location or the details of your situation. Another thing to consider is that while running away is not a crime, a legal adult who allows you to stay with them may be putting themselves at risk for being charged with harboring a runaway. One way to find out the laws in your area is to call your local police and ask what their policies are regarding runaway youth.

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