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    I'm 15 and planning on running away from home. I am currently living in Missouri and plan on going to Oregon. I have a few questions. Is there a way I could get a job once I am there without my parents' consent or knowledge? Also, can I still attend school without my parents' finding out? Last thing, I don't really have a good way to get there. I was thinking about taking my bike but that is a pretty long trip to make that way. I was trying to find any public transport but am having trouble finding anything.

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    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline! It seems like you are having a tough time being at home and we are very sorry about whatever it is that is going on. Depending on the type of job that you are applying for, they may require an employment certificate for workers under a certain age or other documentation that your parents either have or need to sign off on. Similar to the answer above, the question about attending school without your parents finding out will have to do with what school you go to and what their particular rules are. Most schools will need parents to help register their children for school if they are minors. Missouri to Oregon is a pretty long journey, so we would not recommend riding your bike to get there. Driving to Oregon will take more than a day (roughly 28 hours), so it is pretty unlikely that you would be able to get there via ground transportation. If you have other family or close friends near you, it can be helpful to explore those options for places to stay first! If you have any more questions or want to talk further about anything such as shelters in your area or other closer options to explore, you can contact us 24/7 at or at 1-800-RUNAWAY for further resources and support. We wish you the best!


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