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    Hello, im 18 from louisiana..
    My boyfriend and I have been dating long-distance for a little over 2 years now. My parents hate him. Every time we try to get together, my mom finds out and takes my phone away for weeks at a time. Ive saved up as much money as i could for some way to get to him but sometimes my parents use my money to pay for certain bills occasionally.. Some coworkers have said they'd help and then the next day when i was ready to go everyone has backed out. Im also deathly afraid of taxis.. And im not even allowed to walk down the street by myself at the moment..every time i try to follow a perfect plan and my parents find out, it gets more and more difficult.
    Even though my dad yells all the time and my mom despises my boyfriend and takes it out on me..I love my parents to death. I can't call the cops on them when they wont let me leave.. because 1) i love them 2) if police take me away i dont know if I'll ever see my boyfriend ever.
    My dad has even sat me down before and pointed his finger in my face and yelled "as long as you're living with us, you are not free"...that stuck in my mind and still haunts me.
    If theres some sort of buisiness somewhere that brings long-distance lovers together i need that information.. Im honestly losing my mind trying to do all of this on my own with parents watching me like a hawk. I need any sort of help or advice you can give me. I need to be free.

    Whoever reads this, i cant thank you enough for reading this.. Please help us somehow!!


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    re: 18 in a long-distance relationship

    Hello there,

    Thanks for contacting us. It sounds like this situation is very frustrating for you.

    In Louisiana anyone over the age of 18 is considered a legal adult. Therefor you are considered a legal adult, and you are able to make your own decisions, and date whomever you choose.

    However, since you are dependent in your parents for housing, than it might be difficult not to follow their rules. If that is the issue, you can legally move out. Do you have any friends or family that you can live with? Are you making enough money to rent on your own? These are questions that can be helpful to think through if you want to move out on your own.

    It does sound like this situation is really weighing on you, and nobody deserves to be treated this way.

    Unfortunately we do not have, or know of, of any program that does anything like what you asked about. If you have any further questions you can feel free to give us a call at our Toll-Free number 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929). We are here to help 24/7. Good Luck!

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