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I am 17 and will be 18 in 4 months can I move out without being put on PINS?

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  • I am 17 and will be 18 in 4 months can I move out without being put on PINS?

    My parents and my home have always been very aggressive and depressing. They yell at me for absolutely everything they can. I just want to be happy and they are always so down and upset and dramatic about everything they can be. I want to live with my girlfriend and her family (which they said I was more than welcome to live with them) but I ran away and my parents said that if I didn't come back they'd call the cops and put me on PINS. Can they do that? I am 4 months from being 18 i mean my birthday is on April 1st and they have even threatened to keep me longer after I turn 18. So what do I do? I cant stand another second in this house.

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    Hi there,
    Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. It seems there is a lot that you are faced with right now and you’re feeling like leaving is one of your only options. It seems you want to know some information on runaway laws.
    While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent permission. If you are under 18 and leave home, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. Also, those you stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions.
    We are here as support to help through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by forum to assist you. If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon.
    Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).
    If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.
    Be safe,
    NRS
    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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