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    Hi I am 17 years old and will be 18 in October recently I was staying with my grandma and she kicked me out of the house to go back to live with my parents in California due to an incident. I refused and right now I'm staying with my boyfriend I want to go back to school but my parents say no I have to go to California they won't sign me up and I'm not gonna do that what should I do ?

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    RE: Love

    Thank you so much for reaching out and telling us a little bit about your situation. It sounds like you're in a difficult situation wanting to stay where you are and having your grandmother kick you out. It is understandable that you would want to stay in the state where you have recently been living. It also sounds like continuing going to school is important to you. It sounds like you are staying with your boyfriend. If you want to discuss different options for shelter we can discuss that as well.

    I'm not sure which state you are currently in, however, in most states the age of majority is 18. If you are in a state where 17 is a gray area and you can always call your local police for more information. If you are in a state where 18 is the majority, then an option for you is emancipation. However, the process for this takes a few months, and by the time you were emancipated you would have already turned 18. Are you able to stay in a safe place until you turn 18?

    As far as staying in school without your parents support there is a possibility for you to stay in school under the McKinney Vento Act. This Act allows youth to enroll in school. To be eligible for the services under the Act you must not be in the physical custody of your parent or guardian and lack a regular and adequate nighttime residence. Here is the website for more information and how the law can apply to your specific state, county, city or school, http://www.serve.org/nche/downloads/briefs/youth.pdf. To start the process you will need t get in touch with the Homeless Youth Liaison in order to enroll into school under this Act. For more information about starting this process go to http://www.serve.org/nche/states/state_resources.php. Just to keep you aware, even though you are able to legally enroll under the McKinney Vento Act, schools may still have runaway notification policies that may require the legal guardian to be notified at some point if the you enroll.

    If you need further resources as you gather a plan together, we hope to be of service to you as you try to figure it all out. We have resources in our database that can help you if you need alternative housing, if you're interested. You are more than welcome to use us as a resource for support and if you have any more questions or concerns.

    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat which is open every day from 4:30p to 11:30p CST and can be accessed here: http://www.nrschat.org:88/chat/UserP...&d=&u=&bypass=



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    Last edited by ccsmod3; 09-09-2014, 08:29 PM.
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