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    Hello , as you can see my name is l****. I'm 17 years old ,
    looking for some help. I'm planning to move in with my 18 year old boyfriend
    soon, with his family. We have been dating for 4 years and we have been in a
    long distant relationship for 2 years 1/2. He lives 9 hours away from me but
    I get to see him every school break. But every time I get the chance to meet
    him ,my mom gives us atleast 5 hours every two times I see him every two
    months. This past year I've been doing the best I can to regain her trust to
    do anything possible to fix me and my moms relationship.* She only ignores
    me when I want to* talk to her about things she does not agree in. I love my
    mom , I love my family but I am no longer happy in my town. I would be very
    depressed and lonley everyday. I would to my dad about my feelings and how I
    feel that I want to runaway. But he just gets mad and frustrated onb why I
    think that way. I've talked to my mom about me changing for her and all
    those things but yet she does not choose to trust me or give the chance to
    prove to her I'm being trust worthy. For the past year I've been thinking
    about running away, but now I know I want to. I want to be happy , and truly
    my boyfriend makes me happy. We have discussed this, we only need to discuss
    this to his parents. I know in Texas my mother cannot take me back home. But
    I also know she needs to give my boyfriends parents the authorization to in
    roll into a different high school . I still want to finish school , go to
    college. But I have no idea what can happen or if anything else can happen.

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    Re: running away

    Hello there,

    It sounds like you’ve got a lot going on and we’re glad you reached out to us. You mentioned you have been in a long distance relationship for 2 ½ years – what an accomplishment! We imagine it is hard getting such limited time to spend with your boyfriend. It sounds like you are seriously considering running away before turning 18. It sounds like one of the things you are most concerned about is finishing high school. That is a great goal and you do have the right to attend school regardless of your housing situation. If you qualify as a homeless/unaccompanied youth, you should be able to talk to your school/district’s homeless educator liaison. More information can be found here:

    We aren’t legal experts here, but some states do consider 17 to be more of a gray area. To know for sure, it can help to call either your local police/sheriff or legal aid/lawyer. We are available if you would like help contacting these types of resources either through our Live Chat or by calling us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. Our Live Chat is open every day from 4:30 to 11:30pm CST and our hotline is 24/7. Good luck!

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

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