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    Hi, I'm 14 and want to run away. I live in Pennsylvania and want to go to California. I have the money and everything to get there. I have people to stay with. But I want to finish my education. I'm a good student, mostly a's and b's. I am 2 grades ahead in math. I want to finish school when I get there. What would I need? I doubt my parents will file a runaway report. They don't want me all that much.

    Running away is my second option, I've talked to my grandparents about moving in with them, but I don't know if that will happen. I just want the information I may need now, that way I can plan better.

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    Hello there,

    Thank you for contacting National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you have a lot on your mind and feel unvalued by your parents. Your decision to stay in school and earn high grades is admirable and very ambitious, and we are here to support you.

    You mentioned possibly moving to California. While we’re not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without your parents permission. If you are under 18 and leave home, your parents may file a runaway report and you may be returned home. Your parents’ permission would also be required if you decided you wanted to switch schools.

    Perhaps you were referring to emancipation. If that is the case, generally speaking, courts are wary about granting emancipation but the laws vary across states. In most cases, you would have to prove in court that you have an income and can care for yourself financially, and that you are able to live separately from your parents. It also helps to be in good standing at school. The process of emancipation typically takes months or years with no guarantee of approval so we would recommend you contact a lawyer for further information.

    NRS provides supportive resources to adolescents going through difficult family issues. Sometimes talking things out helps to bring clarity to situations that seem overwhelming. We are here to help and we can also search for resources in your area. It may be most helpful for you to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or (click on the chat button).

    We hope to hear from you.

    Stay safe,

    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

    National Runaway Safeline
    [email protected] (Crisis Email)
    1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)


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