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I turn 18 in 28 days and I want to leave home ASAP

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  • I turn 18 in 28 days and I want to leave home ASAP

    I want to go live with my boyfriend, we’ve been together 5 years he still lives at his mom but it was her idea and they have a huge house with a apartment. My dad treats me like I’m 5, it’s really embarrassing and unrealistic. If I go out I have to be home by 6pm. I can only go out 3 days out of the week. Currently I’m not
    aloud to go anywhere for the next week bc he don’t want to get sick. I’m really close to being 18 but yet still get treated like a child. What can I do

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    Hey there,

    Thanks so much for reaching out and sharing a little bit about what’s been going on, we know that it takes a lot of courage. It must be really hard to live in a home with so much tension. It makes sense that you'd want some more freedom - especially since you are so close to 18. Your safety is our top priority here at NRS and while we support you no matter your decision we do suggest that you take every precaution to avoid exposure to COVID-19.

    We aren’t legal experts here at NRS, but generally speaking, if you do opt to leave your home your dad can file a runaway report, which is essentially a missing person report. Running away is a status offense; this means that it isn’t illegal, but it’s something you can’t do while still a minor. If a runaway report is filed and you are located by the authorities you will most likely be returned home. Since you are so close to turning 18 the police may let you stay where you are but this policy can vary a lot from town to town. It may be beneficial to call your local non emergency police line (usually you can just dial 311) to verify local policy.

    If you’d like to go over what’s going on in depth, or if you’d like to explore other options that you may have available to you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. You can also chat us by clicking on the “CHAT” button on top of our homepage. We’re open 24/7 and here to listen and support you in any way we can.

    We'd love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis email/forum. Your feedback plays an important role in helping us improve our services to support youth and families. Please click the link below to fill out our survey:

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