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  • can i move out at 16 if i have a sibling thats 18 moving out with me, and if i do can my parents force me to come home.

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    • Hi there, thank you for reaching out. It sounds like you are wanting to move out with your older sibling. The best way or legal way to go about moving out is to have your parents’ permission otherwise yes they can force you to come home. We can offer more support when we know more about the situation if it could be helpful to discuss this further. If so, please call our hotline 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or chat us online at 1800runaway.org. We hope to hear from you soon.
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      • I am 16 I want to move out I don’t have my permit yet because my parents think I will run away so they don’t let me have a job or license. I can’t go out and when I try too they get made and say I go out to much since I have school. I live in an Asian house hold and they won’t let me live till I’m 18 I want to leave once I’m 17. Everyday my father is just mad about something and makes everyone mad at each other he breaks things and tells me and my brother and mother to clean up. He is the Alfa of the family. I can’t never have fun nor do the things I want. This whole summer break I’ve been locked up and haven’t seen sunlight due to my parents and this is 2022 so vivid has died down but I’ve been stuck inside the house for 3 months I only saw sunlight when it was to take out the trash. I remember when I finally got out side for a family reunion I couldn’t stand the outside due to me staying inside so much my body wasn’t used to it to the point I have painting problems and very bad reactions to the sun now. I can’t never be a teen and the only thing I can think of is be pregnant so my parents can kick me out officially. Me and my bf have been together for about 9 months he is going to rent a place out but I can’t leave yet… sadly he is 17 almost a senior and off to college while I’m a sophomore student in HS. The only way out of my house is if I get pregnant. And my bf pays the dowery can I leave at 17 with my boyfriend.

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          Hi there, thank you for reaching out. It sounds like things have been stressful at home for a while now. It doesn’t seem right that your parents didn’t allow you to go outside at all during the summer and now it has caused you to have bad reactions to the sun. It also sounds like your parents are controlling with not letting you have your permit or get a job because they fear you will run away. With school starting again, an option is to talk to a trusted adult at school and see if they can help in any way or help you with talking to your parents. It seems like you have a tentative plan to get pregnant by your boyfriend so your parents will kick you out, but it is important to recognize that being pregnant and then having a child is a lifelong commitment which can be overwhelming especially when you are 16. We could help you discuss other options or talk about this further if you are interested. If so, please call our hotline 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or chat us online at 1800runaway.org. We hope to hear from you soon.
          Be safe,
          NRS

      • hi um- I'm not being treated right at home I'm 16 and suffering from verbile and emotional abuse, I don't know how to get out of it it's gotta bad and I have 3 little siblings, and they're the reason I haven't run away because I don't want to leave them to get treated how I do. I am planning to get ematiobpation but I'm aware it will take a while and I just want to know if I will get to leave before 18, to be honest with you..I'm heavily thinking about getting rationed but I think I want to go through with it but I need a job b I don't want one yet because I want to know I can handle school work.

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        • ccsmod10
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          We're thankful you reached out to us; it sounds like you've been under a lot of pressure for a long time. Having to experience emotional and verbal abuse makes everything in life harder, and it's scary to know that it might affects others (like younger siblings) when we leave. Emancipation can be the right choice for some people, but you're right that it can make some parts of life harder because it demands you devote a certain amount of time to working, which can be hard when you're in school.

          We cannot tell you what to do, but we can talk through your options and help you make sense of what feels like the right choice for you. It may be helpful to live chat with someone (1800runaway.org) or talk with someone on the phone (1-800-RUNAWAY). We're here to listen and help as best we can. You don't have to figure this out alone.

      • Hi, I just turned 16 and my mother is a alcoholic who is emotionally and verbally abusive, My friends mom wants to help me but I don't want her to get in trouble. We were thinking of renting a apartment together, but I can't sign any paperwork until I am emancipated, and my mother will not give parental consent to anything, so I have a old school id from 2018-2019 as identification. I don't have access to my birth certificate or my social security card. My mom recently forced me to move across the US. I live in NY State now, she moved us up here to move in with her boyfriend in Canada. I do not want to go to canada, she is moving us as soon as her lease on this apartment ends in February. I need to be emancipated by then. My Father is out of the picture, he abandoned me 13 years ago but he still has parental rights. Is there anyway to get moved out without her consent? If I'm not emancipated by February I will have to run away because I can't get stuck in a household with two alcoholics in another country where most people speak a language that I don't know. Thank you

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        • ccsmod10
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          In the state of New York, emancipation can occur as a result of child support or custody case in a court of law. In order to be emancipated, you must live separately from your parent and must not receive any money or other support from them.

          It sounds like that might not be possible before you move. Additionally, it is not realistic that you would be removed from the home by CPS even if you did contact them, and even then you wouldn't be able to go live with your friends.

          You could run away from home; if you did so you would run the risk of your mother reporting you as a run away and law enforcement trying to return you home to her.

          There is not a 100% safe or legal option for you to leave and live on your own unfortunately; if you'd like to speak further about your situation and explore other options like shelters or programs to improve your circumstances at home, you can live chat someone on our team at 1800runaway.org or call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY.
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