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  • How do I get amansipated at 15 need to get my life straight and and make my on choices me and my dad are not getting along he's drinking and he gets meen when he drinks I need to start my life but I need this I need to get amansipated

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    • ccsmod15
      ccsmod15 commented
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      Hi there,

      Thanks for reaching out. We know it takes a lot to come forward to strangers about difficulties you’re facing, especially family issues. We definitely hope to help you out with some information and options.

      It’s unfortunate that your father gets mean when he drinks. Arguing with your parents is always difficult. It sucks to know that you’re not in a good relationship with people who are supposed to take care of you. We don’t exactly know what that means or what issues you face when your father is mean, but if you need help talking about abusive situations or reporting abuse, we can help you do that. Just call us at 1-800-786-2929.

      We are not legal experts, but we can refer you to legal experts who know about emancipation laws in your state. In order to refer you to these legal experts, we have to know what state you live in. If you are interested in being referred to these legal experts, as well as learning some general information about emancipation proceedings in your state, you can call us at 1-800-786-2929, or email us at info@1800runaway.org. We also can discuss ways for you to figure out how you might start to make more choices for yourself, since you mention that in your message.

      Hopefully this message was helpful, and we encourage you to contact us again for further assistance.

      Best of luck,
      NRS

  • Im 15 & I have a 7 month old daughter. I want to runaway but I don't have anywhere else to go. What should I do?

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    • ccsmod6
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      Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline.
      You mentioned wanting to runaway but have nowhere to go. Since you are a minor, if you were leave home without permission, it could result in your legal guardians filling a runaway report. While running away is not illegal, it is considered a status offense. We are not here to tell you what to do, but would be happy to talk more about your situation. This would allow us to get a better understanding of what’s going on and the best way we can help.

      You can call us at 800-RUNAWAY and we would be happy talk through what’s going on, provide resources, and help answer any questions you might have.

  • I'm 15, i live in new mexico state and I ran away from home and went back to my old town, I got caught a week later at my dads house who lost all rights to me. I'm now on probation, is it possible for me to still get emancipated when I turn 16 even though I'm marked as a run away? If so, would I need parent approval? Or can I do it without my mothers permission.

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      Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you you’ve been having a difficult time at home and wanted to instead live with your father. We understand that legally your father lost custody rights and you’re interested in seeking emancipation so you have the legal right to live wherever and with whomever you want.

      The emancipation process can take a significant amount of time and money. We are not legal experts on this process, but we can share some rules of thumb:
      The emancipation process is about proving to a judge that you’re a responsible, financially independent individual who can successfully live independently.

      Per your question above, being cited as a runaway and being put on probation are both negatives in how a judge would evaluate your emancipation petition.

      The best way to get your questions answered on the emancipation process in our state is to talk to a legal expert familiar with your local laws and your individual situation.
      If you’d like us to put you in touch with a free legal expert in your local area, please contact the National Runaway Safeline so we can make that referral. Thank you again for reaching out to us.

      We hope this information above can be helpful for thinking through your next steps.You can reach us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. We are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • I'm 15, I live in the state New Mexico. I ran away from home to my old town and got caught a week later at my fathers house whom had lost all rights to me years before. I'm now on probation and marked as a runaway. I turn 16 in September. But surely will still be on probation. Is it possible for me to still get emancipated even though I'm marked as a runaway? If so would I need parent permission? Or would I be able to emancipate my self without my mothers concent? I'm 15, I live in new mexico, i want to be emancipated and I ran away from home. Please help me figure this out..

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      ccsmod7 commented
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      Hello there, please see our response to your similar post above:

      "Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you you’ve been having a difficult time at home and wanted to instead live with your father. We understand that legally your father lost custody rights and you’re interested in seeking emancipation so you have the legal right to live wherever and with whomever you want.

      The emancipation process can take a significant amount of time and money. We are not legal experts on this process, but we can share some rules of thumb:
      The emancipation process is about proving to a judge that you’re a responsible, financially independent individual who can successfully live independently.

      Per your question above, being cited as a runaway and being put on probation are both negatives in how a judge would evaluate your emancipation petition.

      The best way to get your questions answered on the emancipation process in our state is to talk to a legal expert familiar with your local laws and your individual situation.
      If you’d like us to put you in touch with a free legal expert in your local area, please contact the National Runaway Safeline so we can make that referral. Thank you again for reaching out to us.

      We hope this information above can be helpful for thinking through your next steps.You can reach us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. We are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week."

  • ive been running away from a terrible home life since age 12 now im 15 and im sick of living life on the run how can i go aboout getting emmanepated in new york

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      Thank you for reaching out to us here at National Runaway Safeline. We are sorry to hear that you have a terrible home life. It sounds like you are tired of living at home and are thinking of emancipation. In the state of New York, emancipation is referred to as “the renunciation of parental rights to a child.” Although New York does not have a formal statute for acquiring emancipation, you can acquire emancipation if you are legally married, in the armed services, able to establish an independent home, or if your parents have failed to fill their parental obligations. Below are two resources that you could contact for more information about emancipation.

      Resources:

      BROOKHAVEN YOUTH BUREAU
      Phone number: 631-654-7878
      9:00am-4:30pm Monday to Friday

      DUTCHESE CO. YOUTH SERVICES
      Phone number: 845-486-3665


      Please feel free to contact us directly via our 24 hour crisis hotline (1-800-786-2929), email. or live chat if you have any other questions or just want to talk.


      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 youth and families. Please click the link to fill out our survey: **https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/we_care_what_you_think

      Good Luck,

      NRS

  • I am 16 and I have already ran away from home and my dad has full custody of me I don’t have many options to get away from him he is a drunk and gets physically and very mentally abusive especially towards my little brother and me but I have already tried contacting dhs and they never followed through with a meeting like they said and if I tried going to the courts or stuff like that I really have no evidence and in the past when I reported it my little brother was cared and lied and so did my step mom so I’m afraid that would happen this time too ive tried getting In school but it didn’t workout at all and ruined the place I was staying because my dad found out where I was staying so I had my mom get me but she is not stable with a home or money and she does drugs and I’m constantly around that now I just want to go back to the place I was staying I was finally out of my depression and was doing so good the lady I was staying with has been trying to help me find ways to get away from my dad and emancipation is one I want to see about but how can I get a job while being a runaway or school the are the only things holding me back and also if they want my dad and moms consent..... my mom would be fine but obviously my dad would never I just need help and resources to help me or a way to get out of his custody

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      We are so glad you reached out to us today. It sounds like you are in a really hard sitatuion and you are exploring all your options to help yourself improve your life. No one deserves to be abused and it is very courageous to reach out for help.

      Emancipation can be a lengthy and expensive process and it seems like you have a handle on what it takes, as far as, being able to show income. Although you have tried DHS before, if they view it as an ongoing issue, rather than one that has been resolved you might be able to get help.

      If you call our 1-800-786-2929 (1-800-RUNAWAY) number we do offer several services that might benefit you. We could lookup legal aid in your area to help with the emancipation process. We also call DHS with youth to make abuse reports. Also, we offer a conference call service between youth and their parent where we could advocate on your behalf with your dad or step mom to allow you to live with the person that has been helping you.

      It was very brave of you to reach out today and we are very glad you did. You are trying to figure out your options which is really good to see. If you would like to talk further about your situation, please do not hesitate to call or chat with us. We're here to listen, here to help.

      We hope this response was helpful! 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 youth and families. Please click the link to fill out our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/we_care_what_you_think.

  • Hello. I am a 15 year old girl seeking emancipation from my mother. My father is not in the picture. My mother and older brother are considered my legal guardian but my brother is currently incarcerated. My mother however is unable to provide for me and is mentally ill. We are homeless and I ended up leaving to another location with relatives to stay with over the summer. She refuses to give me my social security card and birth certificate for me to apply for a job and enroll in school where I am. I am looking to live with a non-realative who can take care of me temporarily until my mother gets back on her feet. I turn 16 upcoming January 6th but school starts September 9th and I do not have a lot of time to get this done. Location is Illinois. Please help me figure out a solution. I want to stay with this non-relative desperately.

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    • ccsmod11
      ccsmod11 commented
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      Hi there,

      Thanks for reaching out to us today. It definitely sounds like you are in a difficult situation, and there may be genuine concerns for your safety. We're glad you reached out. In IL, there is an agency called Comprehensive Community Based Youth Services (CCBYS), which can send social workers to your location to pick you up and provide you with safe housing and social services. You can call them 877-870-2663.

      Best,
      NRS

  • I am 15 and pregnant living in Buffalwo new York my dad kicked me out the house and my mom is currently unable to care for me right now and lives in a different state I've been house to house an haven't really had a stable place to live I am afraid when I have my child I will have knowhere to go I was wondering if emancipation at my age is a possibility so that I can get my own apartment and be stable

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    • ccsmod11
      ccsmod11 commented
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      Hi there,

      Thanks for reaching out to National Runaway Safeline and sharing a little bit about what is going. It takes a lot of courage to reach out and especially in a time where you have a really tough and complex situation. It looks like you have reached out to us through another platform already.

      Since you are a minor and your dad is still responsible for you, he is not allowed to kick you out and can be seen as a form of neglect to not provide housing for you. You do have the right to call the police to report. To find resources in your area for shelter you can call 211 from your phone, call into us for resources, or text 69866 (Safe and your location in the context) to get sent the nearest safe place. There website is nationalsafeplace.org.

      We are not legal experts, but we can help you get a general sense of how emancipation works. Our general understanding is some states offer formal emancipation statutes while others do not unfortunately. Laws vary depending on your location, but in many states a minor can petition the court for emancipation to take responsibility for their own care before they turn 18. Generally speaking, courts are wary about granting emancipation. 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 court will also factor in the mental and physical welfare of your parents in order to establish your best interest. Usually your legal guardian would have to agree to this in court. Once you are emancipated, you can legally choose where you live, but you might still find that you cannot sign a lease or build credit until you turn 18. The emancipation process can take several months or up to a year, and may cost money in the form of court fees and other expenses. Usually, the best way to learn about emancipation in your state is to contact a lawyer. You may also find information at your county family court. We can look up legal aid resources that may be able to help you with the process. Please do not hesitate to call or chat if you have questions, need legal resources, or need to talk. We can explore your situation, go over all your options, and come up with a plan and resources to deal with your situation over the phone or on live chat. Stay strong and you are not alone in this! Our hotline ( 1-800-RUNAWAY) and chat are open 24/7.

      -NRS

  • Hi I’m a 15 year old run away an I have a kid on the way and my dad kicked me out an now I live with my girlfriends family but my dad still put me on the run away thing and I’ve been in and out of jail since I was 11 and I just want to make my self leagal but I still wanna live with my girlfriend so I can raise my child plz get back with me thank u.

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      ccsmod9 commented
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      It sounds like you are interested in emancipation. We are not legal experts, but we can help you get a general sense of how emancipation works. Our general understanding is some states offer formal emancipation statutes while others do not unfortunately. Laws vary depending on your location, but in many states a minor can petition the court for emancipation to take responsibility for their own care before they turn 18. Generally speaking, courts are wary about granting emancipation. 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 court will also factor in the mental and physical welfare of your parents in order to establish your best interest. Usually your legal guardian would have to agree to this in court. Once you are emancipated, you can legally choose where you live, but you might still find that you cannot sign a lease or build credit until you turn 18. The emancipation process can take several months or up to a year, and may cost money in the form of court fees and other expenses. Usually, the best way to learn about emancipation in your state is to contact a lawyer. You may also find information at your county family court. We can look up legal aid resources that may be able to help you with the process. Please do not hesitate to call or chat if you have questions, need legal resources, or need to talk. We can explore your situation, go over all your options, and come up with a plan and resources to deal with your situation over the phone or on live chat. We are looking forward to hearing from you soon, and wish you the best of luck.

  • Hello, I am 16 and I have been moved house to house these past few years. I lived with my father until the age of 14. Child protection services placed me with my mother. My mother’s boyfriend didn’t like me so he kicked me out. I moved in with my aunt. Child protection services also got involved with her and removed me and her three kids. We have court soon but I am not allowed to move back in with her under any circumstances. I am now with my grandmother and I have just about had it. I know I could do well on my own because I am very independent already. I am not sure what will be said in court and where I will go next. I wish to be emancipated and I want to know how I should go about this I have a job on the weekends and will get a job durning the week. What do you think?

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    • ccsmod7
      ccsmod7 commented
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      Hi there, thanks for reaching out today. Sounds like you have been through so much for a long time with all these family placements and the mistreatment involved. It's understandable that you are wanting to live on your own since you are already independent.

      It sounds like you are interested in emancipation. We are not legal experts, but we can help you get a general sense of how emancipation works. Our general understanding is some states offer formal emancipation statutes while others do not unfortunately. Laws vary depending on your location, but in many states a minor can petition the court for emancipation to take responsibility for their own care before they turn 18. Generally speaking, courts are wary about granting emancipation. 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 court will also factor in the mental and physical welfare of your parents in order to establish your best interest. Usually your legal guardian would have to agree to this in court. Once you are emancipated, you can legally choose where you live, but you might still find that you cannot sign a lease or build credit until you turn 18. The emancipation process can take several months or up to a year, and may cost money in the form of court fees and other expenses. Usually, the best way to learn about emancipation in your state is to contact a lawyer. You may also find information at your county family court. We can look up legal aid resources that may be able to help you with the process.

      Please do not hesitate to call or chat if you have questions, need legal resources, or need to talk. We can explore your situation, go over all your options, and come up with a plan and resources to deal with your situation over the phone or on live chat. We are looking forward to hearing from you soon, and wish you the best of luck.

      -NRS
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