We often get questions like, “can I move out if I’m 17?” In…

Can I Move Out if I'm 17? - Basic Information about Youth Considering Running Away

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We often get questions like, “can I move out if I’m 17?” In most states 18 is the age of majority. This means that once you reach this age you are now legally recognized as an adult by that state. The age of majority does vary from state to state; in some states it’s 19 or even 21. Although 18 may be the age of majority for most states that does not necessarily mean you have to wait until the age of 18 or the age of majority to move out. In some states, 17 year old’s are allowed to legally move out of the house. The water does get murky in this area because this seems to vary greatly by state and even in some cases by county. The best way to determine if you can legally move out of the house at the age of 17 is to contact your local law enforcement non-emergency hotline.

Remember even if you are allowed to move out of your house legally at the age of 17 doesn’t mean that you are emancipated. In some cases, you may still require an adult or legal guardian to enroll or transfer you to another school.

– Dyanne

Update: In order to provide more information, we have created a blog series on U.S. runaway laws by state. Find your state and the related information below:

Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho

Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona

Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana

West Virginia, Virginia, North & South Carolina, Georgia and Florida

Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania

Nevada, Utah and Colorado

For more information, you can reach us by our hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY, or through email or our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org, or through our forum, bulletinboards.1800RUNAWAY.org.

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  • guera

    In Georgia may a 17 year old move out without parental consent. if she has a stable home and pregnant will law enforcement make her return if it will be hamful to unborn child?

  • 1-800-RUNAWAY staff

    Hi Guera

    We’re glad you reached out to us for help. Given that this is a very specific situation, and to maintain confidentiality, could you contact our hotline at 1-800-786-2929? Someone will help you immediately. If you want to stay online, you can also post on our bulletin board.

  • Kelly

    can a 17 year old in Maryland leave home if she has a stable home and job and someone to provide for her? can the police come get her and return her home?

  • Rae

    I feel like an idiot but can I leave the house soon to be 18 but I go to a public school so I need to be in the next town to stay at the school is that possible?

  • 1-800-RUNAWAY staff

    Hi Rae

    It sounds like your situation may require a call to the school system to see where you need to stay to remain in that school. We can still help you figure out how to navigate that system, on our hotline at 1-800-786-2929 or online, you can also post on our bulletin board – http://www.1800runaway.org/youth/bulletin_boards/

  • 1-800-RUNAWAY staff

    Hi Kelly

    As In Guera’s situation below, given that this is a very specific situation, could you contact our hotline at 1-800-786-2929? Someone will help you immediately. If you want to stay online, you can also post on our bulletin board – http://www.1800runaway.org/youth/bulletin_boards/

  • Maribel

    I Live in Chicago Can i Move Out When I’m 17?

  • 1-800-RUNAWAY staff

    Hi Maribel

    There are a number of factors that go into when a youth can move out in any state or city. As In Guera’s situation below, given that this is a very specific situation, could you contact our hotline at 1-800-786-2929? Someone will help you immediately, and your info will remain confidential. If you want to stay online, you can also post on our bulletin board – http://www.1800runaway.org/youth/bulletin_boards/

  • Shaney

    I’m 17 with a 2 month old baby. I live in Louisiana. I still go to public school and I plan to finish school and graduate. My question is, am I able to move out? My dad is constantly verbally & mentally abusing me even in front of my kid. He abuses alcohol bad. My step family does the same… They don’t even allow me to leave, they keep me bound just for the control. Therefore, they are trying to keep my babies daddy away.. Idk what to do, please help me!!!

  • 1-800-RUNAWAY staff

    Hi Shaney

    We are glad you reached out to us for help. It sounds like you want to have the best possible environment for yourself and your baby, and that doesn’t seem easy when your family is abusive. Abuse of any form is never ok.

    The best way for us to help you is for you to reaeh out to us in one of three ways:
    1) if it’s between 4:30-11:30 pm, you can start a live chat with us (click the big red button at the top of this page).
    2) post to our bulletin board -> http://bulletinboards.1800runaway.org
    3) call our 24-hour hotline at 1-800-786-2929.

  • Bria

    Hi I’m 16 years old an I was wondering how can I move out at 17 because I ran away a few days ago but my mom found me made me go to a hospital to see if I was pregnant or drunk or anything an I just can’t stay with her I have many places to stay but I just hate being around her because it’s just us two in the house next year in march I will be 17 an I would really appreciate it if you can tell me what I should do or how can I move out and also she’s a police officer too thank you an please just tell me

  • 1-800-RUNAWAY staff

    Hi Bria

    From your comment, it seems like you and your mom have a difficult relationship.

    The best way for us to help you is for you to reach out to us in one of three ways:
    1) if it’s between 4:30-11:30 pm central time, you can start a live chat with us (click the big red button at the top of this page).
    2) post to our bulletin board -> http://bulletinboards.1800runaway.org
    3) call our 24-hour hotline at 1-800-786-2929.

    We’re confidential and non-directive. Someone will be able to listen to your full story and help you figure out what’s best for you.

  • Nicole

    I’m 17 & I can’t keep living with my mother honestly I need to move out or I’m going to go crazy ! Is there a chance by there that I can move out ?

  • Nicole

    I have a place to go to & stay as well I will of course continue school & ill be supported is there any help ?

  • 1-800-RUNAWAY staff

    Hi Nicole

    From your comments, it sounds like staying with your mom is a challenge because you and she aren’t getting along perhaps. There are options, but they depend on your location and some other factors. Because we want to maintain confidentiality, the best way for us to help is for you to reach out to us in one of three ways:
    1) if it’s between 4:30-11:30 pm central time, you can start a live chat with us (click the big red button at the top of this page).
    2) post to our bulletin board -> http://bulletinboards.1800runaway.org
    3) call our 24-hour hotline at 1-800-786-2929.

  • Jessica

    Heyy My Name Is Jessica Im 16 Years Old && Me && My Boyfriend Want To Move In Together He Said iWill Go To School && He Will Work. My parents Dont Aprove Of Him They Dont Like Him They Are Obsses With Myy X && Want Me To Get Back With Him But No. So They Wont Let Me See Nor Be With My Boyfriend Now. Can i Move Out I Live In Georgia.?

  • 1-800-RUNAWAY staff

    Hi Jessica

    It sounds like you and your parents have very different feelings about your boyfriend and whether or not you should live with him.

    The best way for us to help you is for you to reach out to us in one of three ways:
    1) if it’s between 4:30-11:30 pm, you can start a live chat with us (click the big red button at the top of this page).
    2) post to our bulletin board -> http://bulletinboards.1800runaway.org
    3) call our 24-hour hotline at 1-800-786-2929.

  • derek saldate

    hi im just wondering if i can drop out then move to alaska an work i have parent permition to do so but is it leagle to i live in california so im not cwite sure

  • 1-800-RUNAWAY staff

    Hi Derek

    Thanks for the question. Give us a call at 1-800-786-2929 to discuss this further – there are a number of factors, considering this is a matter of traveling between two states. Also, you didn’t mention your age, which is a factor.

  • dakota

    I live in Arkansas and ever since I can remember I have always wanted to move out because I was not only unhappy I was getting depressed a lot, my family puts me down and I never really stand back up from it Ive told them over and over that they are doing this to me but they don’t care. can I move out I have a job and have another place to go already with adult supervision?

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Hi Dakota

    From your comment, you seem to have a plan worked out, in terms of having a job and place to live, as well as adult supervision. Given what sounds like a difficult home situation, it’s not surprising you would want to leave. We can help you figure out what to do next. The best way for us to help is for you to reach out to us in one of three ways:
    1) if it’s between 4:30-11:30 pm central time, you can start a live chat with us (click the big red button at the top of this page).
    2) post to our bulletin board -> http://bulletinboards.1800runaway.org
    3) call our 24-hour hotline at 1-800-786-2929.

  • Alexis

    Hi I’m Alexis I’m currently 17 and I want to know if I can move out with out permission or what I need to be able to move out I will be 18 on may 26 but can’t wait that long what is it that I need to do ?

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Hi Alexis

    Thank you for reaching out to us. You didn’t mention where you are, or why you want to move out so quickly. Those details are important to understanding what choices you have available. The best way for us to help you while maintaining your confidentiality is for you to reach out to us in one of three ways:
    1) if it’s between 4:30-11:30 pm central time, you can start a live chat with us (click the big red button at the top of this page).
    2) post to our bulletin board -> http://bulletinboards.1800runaway.org
    3) call our 24-hour hotline at 1-800-786-2929.

  • josem

    Hi my name is jose i want to know if me and my girlfriend can move in together and she ran away a couple days ago because her mom makes her do everything in the house like cook clean but this is everday her mom only lays down and sleeps the whole day and she might bepregnant we both turn 17 in a couple days we live in the District of Columbia please help

  • Sarah

    I live in Tennessee, I am 17 years old. I am adopted and pregnant. If i move out to live with my aunt because of mental and now physical abuse would the law enforcement make me go back home?

  • jenna

    when i turn 16 i am most positive im going to move out.. i am done getting pushed around.. i know my parents want me to be ok and they care about me.. but im not moving far.. i live in Pennsylvania is this possible.. i mean i have been thinking about it.. im not sure.. will you help me?

  • jesus

    In california can a 16 or 17 year old move out of their house if she is the most hated one in the family? Her parents always tells her she is the “fuck up” in the family. Always telling her rude things. And even saying everything is her fault. And pretty much making her life miserable and making her even cut herself and saying she wants to kill herself. Please let me know

  • taty

    Hi im tatyana. I was wondering is it ok to move out once you turn 17 and you graduated? I will graduate soon and want to go to college in louisiana. i was wanting to move in with my grandmother. Yet my mother denies me and tells me no ypur pissing me off and just doesnt seem to be concerned in my future.

  • 1800 RUNAWAY Staff

    Tatyana,

    Thanks for reaching out to us. We are sorry to hear about your situation. Congrats on almost graduating and we are thrilled that you are concerned about your future! In most states, graduation or not, the age of majority is usually is 18. There are options, however, so when time permits you may want to call our hotline direct and talk through your situation in more detail at 1-800-RUNAWAY. We are here 24/7 365 and our liners can talk to you about the options available. Thanks again for connecting with us. Hope this helped.

    Best,
    NRS

  • 1800 RUNAWAY Staff

    Jesus,

    Thanks for connecting. The situation you describe sounds challenging and rather painful. It also seems like there is a lot going on there: emotional abuse, self-harm and even more serious issues, if she is considering suicide. We’d like to discuss the situation in more detail and perhaps develop some options. There are three ways that you can reach out:

    1) if it’s between 4:30-11:30 pm central time, you can start a live chat with us (click the big red button at the top of this page).
    2) post to our bulletin board -> http://bulletinboards.1800runaway.org
    3) call our 24-hour hotline at 1-800-786-2929.

    We hope to hear from you.

  • 1800 RUNAWAY Staff

    Jenna,

    Yes, we are definitely here to help. It is good that you feel your parents care about you, but sorry that you feel pushed around at home. Thanks for connecting. We’d like to discuss the situation you are dealing with in more detail and perhaps develop some options. There are three ways that you can reach out:

    1) if it’s between 4:30-11:30 pm central time, you can start a live chat with us (click the big red button at the top of this page).
    2) post to our bulletin board -> http://bulletinboards.1800runaway.org
    3) call our 24-hour hotline at 1-800-786-2929.

    We hope to hear from you.

  • 1800 RUNAWAY Staff

    Sarah,

    Thanks for connecting. It sounds like you are dealing with a lot right now. The pregnancy and mental/ emotional abuse. You also mention that physical abuse has started recently. We’d like to discuss the situation in more detail, first to make sure that you are safe, and second to develop some options with you. There are three ways that you can reach out:

    1) if it’s between 4:30-11:30 pm central time, you can start a live chat with us (click the big red button at the top of this page).
    2) post to our bulletin board -> http://bulletinboards.1800runaway.org
    3) call our 24-hour hotline at 1-800-786-2929.

    We hope to hear from you.

  • 1800 RUNAWAY Staff

    Jose,

    Thanks for reaching out. It sounds like you and your girlfriend are dealing with a lot right now. We’d like to discuss the situation to develop some options with you. There are three ways that you can reach out:

    1) if it’s between 4:30-11:30 pm central time, you can start a live chat with us (click the big red button at the top of this page).
    2) post to our bulletin board -> http://bulletinboards.1800runaway.org
    3) call our 24-hour hotline at 1-800-786-2929.

    We hope to hear from you.

  • Gabby

    Hi. I’m 16 years old and I live in Floida. My mother is verbally abusive and very hard to deal with. She gives me mental breakdowns to where I cry just about everyday. I don’t need this in my life. I was wondering if I could move out & move into my 18 year old friends house while I continue to finish high school & look for a job? I won’t be able to focus on school if this continues. She’s always causing me to be depressed and I can’t keep living like this

  • Jessie

    I’m 17 years old and I am moving out whether I have to live in a car or not. I live in Missouri, on the Iowa border. Could I rent an apartment or rent a house in either Missouri, or Iowa? Or do I have to have a guardian sign for/with me?

  • Bethany

    Hi! This has been something that I have been researching for about two years now. I’m 17 years old and on Labor Day last year I got kicked out of my mothers home for being gay. She eventually invited me back in claiming that she had changed but things only got worse. My girlfriend and I have been together for a while now and have been friends for three years. Our parents are friends and her family likes me. Is it legal in the state of Georgia to move out at the age of 17 if you have means of transportation, a steady place to live, and someone to take care of you?

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Hello Jose,

    It sounds like your girlfriend is in a stressful situation, but running away may cause more problems. Do you guys have a safe place to stay? Has she been in contact with mom since running? Has your girlfriend seen a doctor? If you would like to discuss some of the options available to you can reach out in one of three ways:1) if it’s between 4:30-11:30 pm central time, you can start a live chat with us (click the big red button at the top of this page).
    2) post to our bulletin board -> http://bulletinboards.1800runa
    3) call our 24-hour hotline at 1-800-786-2929.

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Hi Sarah,

    Thanks for contacting us. It is not likely that law enforcement will make you go back home, especially if there is physical abuse going on, but moving out may create other problems.No one deserves to be physically or mentally abused.

    Have you spoken with your aunt about moving in? Have you discussed the abuse with anyone? Have you shared the situation with your aunt? There are options available for you. It may be easier for us to discuss your situation in more detail to come up with a solution. If you would like to discuss some of the options available to you can reach out in one of three ways:

    1) if it’s between 4:30-11:30 pm central time, you can start a live chat with us (click the big red button at the top of this page).2) post to our bulletin board -> http://bulletinboards.1800runa
    3) call our 24-hour hotline at 1-800-786-2929.

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Jenna,

    You did the right thing by contacting us. We are happy to help.How old are you now? Age of majority varies from state to state, but in PA you are not considered an adult until you are 18.

    It is good to hear that you feel your parents care about you and our concerned for your well-being. What is going on at home that makes you feel like you are being pushed around? Where would you stay if you left home? Are you working currently? How will you support yourself?

    There are options available for you. It may be easier for us to discuss your situation in more detail to come up with a solution. If you would like to discuss some of the options available to you can reach out in one of three ways:

    1) if it’s between 4:30-11:30 pm central time, you can start a live chat with us (click the big red button at the top of this page).2) post to our bulletin board -> http://bulletinboards.1800runa
    3) call our 24-hour hotline at 1-800-786-2929.

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Jesus,

    Thanks for contacting us. In CA age of majority is 18. It sounds like your friend is going through a very painful situation right now, she is lucky to have someone like you looking out for her. What makes her feel that she is hated in her family? Do you know what is happening at home that makes them say such mean and hurtful things? No one deserves that kind of treatment. It is certainly not her fault. The fact that she is confiding in you that she wants to hurt herself is something we take very seriously. You may want to encourage her to call and talk to us directly at 1-800-786-2929

  • jesus

    The things that make her feel that she is hated Is just her parents ignore her and when she tries to talk to them they yell at her and tell her to leave but then when she tries to go out she gets yelled at because she “doesnt want to be with the family:” when really she just wants air to let it all go. They always tell her its her fault for everything the family goes through and why the family is ruined. She used to have a bad past where she would smoke and drink but its been almost a year since she has stopped and yet her parents do not believe her and always acuse her for doing it. She feels hopeless. Last christmas everyone got a present but her and for new years they left her and went to their cousin’s house. She always tries to be nice and listen to her parents but they always bring up her past (that she is trying to forget) and blame her for everything.

  • shawn

    I live in California if I am 17 about to be 18 in 5 months and I already graduated could I move out? I have a place to go it is safe and in a good neighborhood but the only problem is I am worried if I try to move my mom could call the cops and get me and the home owner in trouble. So what would really happen if i move out?

  • KaylaFromTexas

    I am 17, I will be 18 in about 4 months. However, I want to move out of my parents house now because they ruined my opportunity at a good university and show no remorse for what they have done. I wish to move to my girlfriends house where I know the environment is safe, and I will be taken care of. I don’t want my parents to ruin the rest of my senior year. If you have anything that can help me move out faster, it will be greatly appreciated.

  • Lisbete

    Heyy… Okayy so I live in Maryland State and I’m 17. I was wondering if it were legal for me to officially move out of my parents house because we don’t get along and I’m constantly avoiding them because all they do is pick fights with me. Can I move out now or would I have to wait until I turn 18??

  • Xio

    I live with an aunt my parents live in mexico i attempted to live there but it didnt work out as i planned ! Living with my aunt is a struggle . I have my father wich i met 2 years ago but he doesnt bother to ask how im doing or anything he himself has problems with his own kids . My friends mom which i know for a while said she’d be glad to have me live with her by the way im 17 years old and i am still attending school this year i will be turning 18 . If i leave or “Runaway” my aunt woulnt call authorities she’d just let me be ? Would it be cool if i stay in the low pro till im 18! or should i just go live with my friends mom …. Going to court isnt the buisness i do not wish to be in foster care.

  • felix

    Im a 17 year old boy, my mom and me dont get along at all and i want to move in with my girlfriend. I live in florida, is it possible for me to move out??

  • Bub

    Okay I’m 17 I need to know what legal age it is to move out in North Carolina, just a straight answer please. birth February 1997

  • Alicia

    I’m in Connecticut and I’m 17, if I find a friend or family member to stay with can it move out?
    -Alicia

  • Alicia

    I’m 17 in Connecticut if I have a friend or family member to stay with can I move out without parents consent?

  • mimi

    Can a 17 year old legally move out in the state of Tennessee if she has a job a car, an apartment to stay at ?
    She is living with her grandmother at the time because of a situation that happened with her mom. She wants to move out and she wants to be able to do so without being charged as a runaway? Is that possible? Can the people she stay with be persecuted if she IS charged as a runaway?

  • princess

    my mom mentally abuses me i get good grades and its not like im not trying to show her that im doiñ better….i am 16 and about to be seventeen in september ..i dont have a baby and had sex once with a grown manwho took advantage of me but he is locked up….but my mom sje is calling me out my name a lot andd i try to ignore it and say she is my mom she jusz having a bad day and i habe two brothers they are three and on sister who is ten and she yells at her a lot to and not saying she is a bad mom cause no i love her to death and wouldnt want anyone to take her spot but its only so much i can take before i break down what should i do

  • Tyler

    In Wisconsin may a 17 year old still in high school leave their parents house to live with a friend and their family? Even if their parents dont want them to move out. Its a better living situation. Can that legally happen?

  • lyd

    Hi I’m 17 with a week old baby , my mom doesn’t really like my babys father so she says he can’t come see her . I would think that is up to me though . If I just leave for the weekend to stay at his house so he can spend time with our daughter , will I be in trouble ?

  • rylee

    Im 17 I’ll be 18 in january I have a 1 and a half year old son… Iim having alot of family problems and its putting alot of stress on me and my son. I go to the alternative school in red oak Iowa. My boyfriend and I are engaged. Is there anyway I can move out

  • Carson

    In Louisiana my moms given up on me, I turn 17 in 4 months can I leave when I turn 17?? I have a place to go, hes 24 and I just wanna make sure he cant get into any trouble for taking me in.

  • tesia Adams

    Hi. my name is tesia. I’m 16 and pregnant but my mom won’t let the baby daddy see me or come to my dr. appt. with me. can I move in with the father ?

  • Nene

    I’m 17 and I live in Louisiana. I was wondering if I can move out at 17? I will be getting a job this summer and it’s my senior year in highschool. Can the cops come get me if I decide to leave?

  • vince

    I’m 17 and I don’t turn 18 until next year, if my family chooses not to support my moving out, is there a way i could apply for any help in supporting myself with a place to stay, food, paying bills?

  • Angel

    I am 17 and was adopted in September of 2010 the family that i am currently with does not seem to respect me very much. I am currently an junior in high school and i am trying to find out if i can move out of their house before i turn 18. I would have a safe place to stay with one of my old foster parents but i no longer want to be in the house i am in because i never seem to be happy and it is very unhealth to always feel this way….can someone help me please…

  • Angel

    i have read a lot about if you get married you can legally move out at the age of seventeen.

  • jade

    I’m going to be turning 16 in January, am i able to move out of my parents house at that age in Saint Joseph, Missouri?

  • Katherine Vincent

    I have a little brother that is 17 in the state of TN. Can he move out with my husband, son and I? We are financially able to. The environment he lives in isn’t a good environment. He lives in a house full of verbal abuse. There is a long time of abuse from my mother. I left for the military as soon as I was 18 because she was abusive. She has stabbed me in the head with a screwdriver and kicked me out and called the cops and said I ran away so I wound up in Juvenile. I am just giving you these examples so that y’all know what our mother is like. Can he move out with us. He turns 18 in October but I really don’t think he can make it there any longer. Please help

  • cheyanne

    Im 17 & i wanna move from home without my dads consent, im pretty much gone alot of the time and i think i honestly cant move out cause he wouldnt have anyone to clean his house .. I live in ohio & i wanna get out on my own with my boyfriend already but im sure that wont fly to well with my dad which is what im scared of. My boyfriend has his own apartment & a stable job and 2 vehicles. I would deffiently be alright living at his apartment , i wanna move bad! Plz help.

  • Sarah

    I’m seventeen years old and live in the state of Georgia. I have wanted to move out my grandfather’s house ever since I moved in when I was seven years old. I have had a job since November of 2013 and I want to move in with my mother who has a stable life , job and home. My grandfather is my father’s dad , so they are against it. I think I should be able to just leave and move in with her …

  • KelseyJaneSmrz

    If I’m in Marathon County, Wisconsin and I’m 17 and pregnant can I move out of my parents house without their consent into my boyfriend’s house or will law enforcement force me to come back to an emotional abusive environment I don’t feel safe having my baby born into? Will the law charge my boyfriend’s family with anything?

  • Billyhouse

    Im 17 i live in georgia can i move out without parental consent?

  • nicole

    I live in NY and im 17, I really don’t want to live here anymore, and for the moment I don’t have job. my parents took my phone so I cant call. how can I leave and still be on financially decent terms?

  • Chelsea

    can i moveout at 17 in Missouri?

  • maria

    hi im maria im 17 and i have a son i want to know if i can move by myself with him in the state of pensilvania

  • Joseph

    I’m seventeen and really need to move out,my girlfriend is pregnant and her mother has agreed to let me move in with her. Can I do so without consent from my parents? I live in Texas.

  • Jenni

    I’m 17 and I want to move out. My parents and I don’t get along. Things are really bad and there is fighting all the time. My parents would never let me leave. My mom in a control freak. She has to have power over me. She wants to tell me not, literally because she can. Do I have to wait until I’m 18 or can I leave now?

  • Brittany

    Hi I am 16 and will be 17 in September. I am in my final year of high school and have a steady job paying 8 dollars an hour. I live at home with my mother who lives with her boyfriend. In our home we have 5 people living here including myself but not including my mother’s boyfriends children and their friend who stays 6 nights a week. With my paycheck I receive every two weeks, I am required to give my mother 100 dollars. My mother’s boyfriend does not have a job but my mother is a server who makes very good tips. With the rest of my check I purchase the items I need such as clothes, food, hygiene items, and my cellphone bill. I make very good grades with being in honors classes at school. I do believe it would be in my best interests to leave home. If my mother doesn’t not provide for me and I am providing for myself I do not see it a problem as to me leaving home. My boyfriend and I have been together for what will be two years in March. We have a banking account in which we are saving money. With giving my mother a third of my check and still having to provide for myself, it makes it difficult to save but I put back what I can. My mother expects me to do things on my own such as setting my doctor and dentist appointments and finding my own ways to work, which I do. Weather permitted, I ride my bicycle to work. But if not, I am left no choice of providing someone gas money for someone to take me. My work is a 5 minute drive away and that includes sitting at the numerous traffic lights. My mother wishes to charge me $10 a day in gas. Because it summer I have tried to obtain more hours which I am only allowed to work 30 hours a week which still allows me to do my own laundry and get rest. When I am scheduled nights I work 3-9 but occasionally I am scheduled 4-10. My mother being licensed and fully insured(which I paid for) refused to come get me and said I had to figure it put on my own. I live in a tourist town. Thankfully my work is very understanding if I am late due to walking to work and there has been many Times my co workers such as my manager has brought me home due to my mother wanting me to walk home at 10 or so at night. My neighbor has said I could pay him $50 every two weeks when I get paid for me to have a room all to myself. Before I got an official paying job, I babysat for my neighbors little girl to get money. Although I only got $10 to watch her, I very much enjoyed it and saved that $10 every time to buy what I needed. Many things I buy for myself or items such as clothes that have been given to me, my mother has taken from me. I wish to leave home but do not want to be in an legal trouble. I wish to continue my studies of criminal juatice at a local community college which I have already put forth several accredited hours to. Through the year and a half my boyfriend and I have been together, he has stood by me and helped me with these trials and tribulations I am going through. I do not depend on him physically such as him providing for me in anyway. But he is the only person I emotionally open up to. His emotional support is all I ask of him. I am not pregnant nor trying to become. We are not trying to get married. My future is bright and I refuse to allow anything to take that away from me. I have talked to many people about my circumstances such as my criminal justice teacher who is also a police officer, and he recommends that I emancipated myself. I figured it would be pointless to waste all that money but it seems very well worth it. I am not a rebellious child. I stay at home and take care of my siblings rather than go out with my friends, I work 30 hours a week to make sure I have what I need, I am entirely focused around school and getting a great education. I’m not saying I want to runaway with my boyfriend because we are so in love and we are gonna get married and have children because that’s not the case. I’m not saying I want to leave because my mother is controlling about who I can date and where I can go because that also is not the case.I just want to fulfill what’s best for my wellbeing.

  • Courtney

    Can my sister move in with me in Ohio?

  • Andrea

    Can I move out of my house at 17 in mass ? Living with 7 people is just to much for me

  • Nikki

    Hello, I am 16 and will be 17 in 5 months. But i ran away a couple weeks ago. But My mom threaten my boyfriend witch is 19 so we came back. I recently found out Im pregnant and I don’t believe my house will be okay with a baby. My family has no room for my child an my room is really small. Can I leave and go live with my boyfriend without getting in trouble. He is living in a two bed room house and has a stable job.

  • Nikki

    I live In Missouri BTW (:

  • Clarissa

    I ran away w/o my parents consent of course, I am currently living w/ my sister right now. My parents have been knowing where I am at for about a month now. School is coming up and I am withdrawing myself to a different school. Is there anyway that my parents can find me and force me back home?

  • Clarissa

    I live in Texas by the way…. I need help.

  • Erica

    I am 17 and 7 months old living in virginia. I just graduated high school and I want to move out of state to Pennsylvania with my boyfriend. His aunt has set up a job for me making $12 an hour and my boyfriend also makes the same. We plan on getting an appartment there but my parents told me I can’t leave until I’m 18. They have no reason as to why they want me to stay, they just want control. My mother and I do not have a good relationship and I’ve been taking care of myself since I was 15. What are my rights in virginia?

  • lando

    I’m 17 I live in Louisiana I have my GED and a job and I’m also attending college online can I legally move out??

  • landon

    I need an answer ASAP please

  • ana

    Can a 17 year old in georgia moveout of their home without parent permission an live with a friend 18+?

  • Sierra McCreary

    I am 16 will be 17 on December 19 and I was wondering if I could move in with my boyfriend and father of my child who is 3 months without my parents permission. I live in Goshen indiana

  • Casey

    Can an 18 year old in Alabama, where the age majority is 19, move out of state legally to a state where the age majority is 18?

  • Austin

    Hi. I want to move out of my house. Im 17 and i have a place that is safe and would provide me with a job and my drivers license. If i do move out, can my mom or her boyfriend call the cops on me?

  • Austin

    Hi. I want to move out of my house.I live in Reidsville Georgia and Im 17 and i have a place that is safe and would provide me with a job and my drivers license. If i do move out, can my mom or her boyfriend call the cops on me?

  • Jennifer

    I am 17 and I live in NY I would like to move to PA my mother kicked me out last last January I have not had an apartment for almost a year what are my rights
    November and got evicted i

  • Jennifer

    I mean to say I got kicked out last November and my mother got evicted last January

  • crissy

    I’m seventeen and live in the state Georgia, can I move out.

  • Anna

    Hello I’m 16 and I’ll be 17 in about 6months.. I have a girlfriend of age and I live in Arkansas. I know I can’t move out at 17 here but if we leave and go to Missouri where I’d legally be an adult with a GED would I be safe from the law? The living situation I’m in now isn’t emotionally safe it’s a place of discouragement and hatred. I know the quicker i get out the better it’ll get. She works and I work and she has a daughter. Would it work??

  • Anna

    Also would there be any problems with me being 17 and a resident in Arkansas and going to Missouri as a 17 year old would I need any parental consent considering id be considered an adult in Missouri?

  • Liah

    I’m liah,i’m 17….i’m a female,i lived in Nigeria…i have two younger siblings,our dad died when i was 11,so our mum remarried to man who already have two sons but got no wife….my mum died last year due to her sickness..so now i and my siblings stay with our stepdad with his two sons.
    I’m not comfortable living without a mother and i dont want to continue living with my stepdad and his sons….please i and my younger siblings need a place to stay…please assist us.

  • Kenya

    hello. I’m Kenya I’m 16 and I’m 4 weeks pregnant my boyfriend just turned 19 but I got pregnant while he was 18. my mom says if I don’t get an abortion she will press charges in Georgia for rape…..is that right can she do that? I want to keep my baby but I don’t want the father of my child to be locked up for it . help me please !!!!

  • Destiny

    I am 17 years old I will be 18 in about a week. I live in Pennsylvania. I am being emotionally abused and I’m sick of living at my house. I had a horrible childhood and moving in with my dad and step mom didn’t make it any better. I was wondering if I am allowed to leave a few days before I turn 18. I already have another place to live and my friends parents are okay with it. So would I be able to leave a few days before I turn 18?

  • vick

    In Nevada can a 17 year old move out without the parental concent seperating herself from the emotionally ausive situation, having a safe home to go to and giving the parent the information as to where she is so she is not considered a runaway

  • autumn

    Can a 17 year old girl move in with her boyfriend if he has his own house has job makes about 300 400 a week and I have a job without parent consent or court consent in new mexico

  • Erica

    In new York state can a 17 year old leave home if her mom and her fight 247 and she’s 4 months pregnant? And turns 18 in 2 months and one week!! And had a place to live, with her boyfriend and his parents and transfer school?

  • Erica

    That’s what I’m wondering but for new York state.
    But I turn 18 in 2 months and one week

  • Tanyse

    Hi I’m 16 and my mother mentally and emotionally abuses me. I was wondering if there was a way for me to move out before I turn 18. It’s so bad my dad agrees that I should try and move out with my boyfriend. But since they are divorced and my mother has placement over me he has no say in where I should live. I have depression and anxiety and all this abuse from my mother makes me really suicidal I just want to leave so I won’t have to go through that anymore. I live in the state of Wisconsin what should I do?

  • jen

    Hi my name is Jenny , I’m 17 years old I’ll be 18 in July . I live with my sister she is 30 , but her husband is always arguing about me living here , I have a boyfriend he is 23 and I want to move in with him ? Will he get in trouble ? I have a job & attend school. I need help please! They took my limits already.

  • Shelby

    I’m 17 an don’t get a long with my step mom it’s a very stressful situation for me is it possible for me to legally move out if I have a place to go ? I live in ga

  • stormy

    Can a 17 year old in Oklahoma move in with her 21 year old boyfriend with her parents consent if she is verbally abused by her step mother and her dad is hardly home. And doesn’t want to live with her mother and step father if she has to share a room with two other girls

  • jenny

    OK in case you all aren’t getting it, they’re not going to tell you anything unless you CALL, they keep saying the same thing after every post, so just calk the number, noone is going to tell you its OK without legal advice because noone wants to be responsible if you get hurt out there.

  • jenny

    No you can’t move out yet, and you basically have to be 17 to even be considered to be emancipated, look, I know sometimes parents have a awful way of giving advice, or showing concern, and sometimes the message gets mixed up in the method, but feel this guy out first, don’t move in right away because anything can seem easy when ur staying with your parents, decisions are easier to make, but when you both have the pressure of bills and responsibilities on your shoulders sometimes people change, not because their a bad person but because its hard for them to cope. Teenagers are these days a bit more mature than half the adults you meet, but you still have much to learn, just because u feel safe about him and your decision now doesn’t mean you actually will be in the long run. I know this ain’t what you wanna hear, but its the truth, however some parents really aren’t capable of taking care of their teenagers and that’s where the law comes in, call the number they’ll give you and instead of your main priority being about moving in with him, make it to secure your own future on your own, the law doesn’t care about a teenager wanting to be with a boy, its honestly your parents right to choose, the law is more focused on your mission and safety, prove them wrong, don’t think like an average teenager who wants their way, think beyond that, and maybe, just maybe you’ll get what you want along the way

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  • d

    im 17 and pregnant and in n.m my mom through me out

  • catlyn

    Hi Im caitlyn and I live in Oklahoma. I’m 17. Is there any way possible to legally move out of my mom’s house and live somewhere else? There has to be some options. I can’t be here anymore.

  • Jon

    I’m 17 and turn 18 in less than 6 months, I have a stable living situation arranged, Can I legally move out on my own? I graduate high school at the age of 17 also.

  • Jon

    This is for TN btw.

  • Lydia

    I’m 17 years and will turn 18 in 5 months. My mom is trying to force me to move with her. But I want to live with my grandparents. Do I have this right? Is it my decision?

  • Jenn

    I live in Houston TX I really need some help. I have a daughter and my mom won’t let me with with my daughters dad, I really need to leave this house I don’t like it, I’ll be turning 17 in a week, my mom threatens to call the police on me if I leave. What will happen if she does?

  • britt

    in Arkansas can a 16 year old who has her G.E.D. move out to go live with her sister

  • alora

    I live in wisconsin and I was wondering if I can move out legally when I turn 17, that being said, if I have a place I can afford, I’m working and can fully support myself? Over the past several years I’ve had several family problems and I was curious to see if I need to wait until I turn 18, or if I can leave earlier than so.

  • brandon young

    Im 18 and my girlfriend is turning seventeen in two months and her parents are divorced and they make her do everything while they go and spent all there money on there tab at the bar and they are to controlling in her life to the point to where she has almost lost the will to continue living there and she wants to move out and live with me or her mom and we we live in florida please help

  • NRS communications team

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    We’re glad you reached out to us for help. Given that this is a very specific situation, and to maintain confidentiality, could you contact our hotline at 1-800-786-2929? Someone will help you immediately. If you want to stay online, you can also post on our bulletin board or email info@1800RUNAWAY.org

  • Esperanza

    What about in new mexico can you leave at 17 if you are pregnant and your parents can’t call cops and make you come back?

  • NRS communications team

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  • Hope

    Hi I’m a 17 year old in PA and I have questions about moving out of my mother’s house. My dad isn’t around and I turn 18 in two months and have a job but I can’t take it anymore. I do have a 21 year old boyfriend that I plan on moving in with when I turn 18. My mother thinks she can prevent me from moving when I turn 18 and she wants to take my car away when I turn 18 (not in her name). Is this legally possible?

  • NRS communications team

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  • paige

    I was wondering what would happen if i moved out im 17 and will be 18 im october an my parents cant provide for my child thats a year and my baby daddy can is there a legal way i can move out tomorow without goin to jail?

  • NRS communications team

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  • pookie

    I’ll be 17 in September and my baby will be 11 months old and I wan’t too move in with her father and finish school can I leave my home

  • NRS communications team

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  • chevymudder92

    My fiancé is 17 years of age. She lives in an abusive environment and possibly pregnant by me. She is wanting to move in with me but is worried that cops can be called and her forced return home. I do have have a job, vehicle, and a house I’m renting so I can provide for her. My main question as asked before though is legally in the state of Tennessee can she move out of her parents and move in with me without being forced to return home?

  • Lee

    I am a 16yrs old I was living with my mom till DCS pulled me out cause they said I was truent and my mom is not stable. I can’t go back to her cause she doesn’t have a reliable car or a job yet . so I want to go live with this lady friend of mine and her family . I have known her sense I was real little girl . would I be able to do that?

  • NRS Communication team

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  • Kaze

    I live in Alabama and I will be 18 in a month .Can I be forced to go back to my guardian?

  • undercover queen

    I need to run away or move out the thoughts in my mind are drowning me every night.

  • NRS communication team

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  • anonymousquestioner

    In Virginia, can a child 1 month from the age of 18 leave his parents house?
    If not, what could they do to where they can leave?

  • Precious

    Can i move out at the age 17 without a parents permission but me letting them know im going to support myself i have a job and i will be moving out with a friend as roomates

  • NRS Communications Team

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  • NRS communications team

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  • carey

    Im 16 living in Georgia and my older friend who I grew up with and call my own brother is living in Ohio at this time and after this school year as a sophomore in high school I want to move to Ohio and live with him. My father and i have talked and he told me I have to stay in school and I will and at 17 if I have all my ducks in a row i can get roomates and move out but I need to know if my father gives custody to my brother in Georgia emancipated laws will it still be available to me if I move to Ohio or does he have to apply for guardianship. My brother is 19 and hes got his own place, car and is currently in college.
    Any advice?

  • NRS Communication Team

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  • Sommer Marie

    I’m a 17 year old in wisconsin . I can’t handle my parents anymore . I want to move in with my bestfriend. Her mom knows I’m coming soon . But I want to go now . I’m still in school and will remain in school. Can I Legally Move in with my friend without my parents consent ?

  • NRS Communication Team

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  • Sugar99

    I am 16 and My Mom an dad have joint custody but my dad has primary physical custody which means I love with him. I want to leave without his consent and go live with my Mom but I don’t want my Mom or myself to get in trouble. Is there anything he can do to stop me?

  • Sugar99

    Both parents live in Ga.

  • NRS Communication Team

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  • bp

    In Tennessee if a 16 year old is pregnant and has a self supporting job and partner, can the minor move out without parental consent, or can law enforcement be called in and the minor be arrested?

  • NRS Communications Team

    bp,

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  • Kelly

    Hello, my name is Kelly. I’m 17 years old, and will have a high school diploma in two months. I live in the state of Florida. Can I legally move out.? Thank you.

  • NRS Communications

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  • Araya Savage Hope

    I’ma 17 and live in Tennessee if I leave but Stoll go to work and school will they make me go home if I’m safe?

  • NRS Communications Team

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  • Amelia

    I am 16, turning 17 in a little bit less than 3 weeks. If I am living in Wisconsin, am graduated from high school, have a good friend to stay with, have enough money for my phone bill, grouches, and other necessities, can I move out of my parents’ house without having to legally return if they try to get me to come back or have to worry about cops coming to my door telling me they’re there to fetch me?

  • NRS Communication Team

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  • Renee

    Hi, I live in wisconsin I will be 18 in june. I have already graduated high school. Both me and my boyfriend have stable jobs. Am I able to move in with him?

  • Ladybugg

    In Texas and your allowed to move out at 17. But I don’t want to stay in Texas. Am I allowed to transfer to Maryland if I’m stable?

  • NRS Communications Team

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  • NRS Communications Team

    Renee,

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  • Kenzie

    I’m 17 and I live in wisconsin can I move out with my sister that is 18years of age?

  • NRS Communications Team

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  • sierra

    Sierra
    Hi I’m 17 and me and my step mom don’t get alonr at all my real dad said.I.could moved out but.my step mom says she will call the cops can.she?

  • NRS Communications Team

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  • Lovelyredhead

    In Oregon can a 17 yr old move out of they turn 18 in a few days or do they still have to wait??

  • NRS Communication Team

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  • Dj

    Hello fellow people I’m an anonomys usher seeking helo as fast as I can. I’m 17 years of age and a male, my fiancé is also 17 my birthday is in August hers follows that next January. Me and her have known each other since we were little pretty much our whole lives and had a relationship before I moved. We have been known each other for about 10 years and have been together for 7 months. I want to know can she live with me my mom step dad and little brother if we tell her mom we are engaged? Cause here is the problem me and her mother aren’t on good terms. Her mother and her grandmother have been making her life a living hell and recently threatened to take away her social life if she tells me when her mom bugs her. I want to get her out of there and in a more stable environment so she can have peace and so I don’t have to keep fighting with her mom for when I see her. So I want to know if we announce that we are getting married and I’ll be applying for a job soon so I can help my mom pay bills and save up for a car and license and so will she so she can do the same, can she come live with us till we have enough money to get our own appartment?

  • Dj

    Also she will still be going to school and will be well supported by me my mom and stepdad till she gets a job and can help me find us a new home. We just want to know what we can do so she can get out from under a rock and live her life and be happy

  • NRS Communications Team

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  • Tesha

    I live in Tennessee my name is Tesha I am 17 years old can I legally leave home without parental consent?

  • NRS Communications Team

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  • Thomas

    If you are pregnant and less then 4 month from turning 18 can you move out in the state of tn?

  • NRS Communications Team

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  • stressed teen

    im 17, adopted, and live with a relative currently. i want to move out but my relative is forcing me to stay til im 18 and i suspect its for money. but i have a safe place to stay other than with my relative an i tried to get her to sign the papers so i can be released from her custody cause she’s my adopted parent but she won’t cooperate at all. and she has reported me one time for running away before even though i didnt. there’s a lot going on but i dont know what to do i need help PLEASE!!!!!!!!

  • fjofc

    In the state of Florida are 16 year old allowed to move out without the parents consent?? If no what if the 16year old is pregnant and wants to leave is it possible??

  • NRS Communications Team

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  • NRS Communication Team

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  • montanna

    Im in California. Im 17 and i will be turning 18 in nov. But my dad isnt saying i cant move out, but he doesnt want to be legally responsible for me before i turn 18, i want to know what I can do.
    Any advice?

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    Montanna,

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  • Brittany Buckmaster

    I am 17 years old I live in Virgina and I graduate high school in June 5 and I turn 18 in August 4 can I leave when I get outta school is that legal

  • nicole

    Can a 17 year old from Wisconsin move from one parents house to other parents without being forced to go back. Will be 17 1/2 in june

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  • GABB7

    hello, im 16 years old but ill 17 in September. Am I eligible for renting an apartment in the state of GA if a can afford it?

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  • grace

    In texas can a 17 year old cross texas/Oklahoma border with a 24 year old without them getting into trouble?

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  • miranda

    My name is miranda and i live in texas . I have a 2 month old baby and the father of my child is the one supporting me right now but im currently living with my mom . She will not sign the papers for me to move in with my boyfriend either . I need help .and fast

  • Kelsey Mclaughlin

    In New York can I move out at the age of 17 even if I the household is not harmful?

  • sarah

    When you are 17 in Georgia can you just move out? It does not matter with who?

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  • Bill

    Hey my name is Bill, im 17 years old in Connecticut and im seriously asking if I can legally move out of the house. I have a job, working on getting a car, and have a safe place to live if I were allowed to do so. What are my options?

  • Taylor Fryer

    Ok so I’m 17 and from Michigan, is it possible for me to move out without being emancipated?

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  • kenny

    um im 17 in ohio can i leave? i hate it i am always a burden i need to leave and i dont want foster home or csb. what can i do?

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  • ashley

    Can you move out of the house at 17, if you are moving to another state. From Michiga to Alabama to live with your family. And if in a few months you are turn 18

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  • lexxi

    Hi I’m lexxi and I’m 17 living in Wisconsin I’m going to go to the national guard challenge academy to get my HSED and I’m under so much stress here I’m constantly being mentally abused. I’m always being told that I’m not worth anything besides for drugs, sex, and boys. Which is not true. If I get my diploma before I turn 18 is it legal for me to move out if I have a stable place to go and a stable job?

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  • frustrated

    I live in Maine and my 17 yr old male thinks he can move out, can he do that legally? He doesn’t go to school or doesn’t have a job. What are my rights as a parent and what are his rights

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  • Kim

    Im 17 and i will be turning 18 in october. I live with my dad and stepmom in virginia and i get in a lot of fights with her. i know she doesnt like and she threatens me to send me to live with my mom, who abused me everyday. i still get abused but not as bad. i want to move and i already know where. my friend lives with her cousin and her cousins fiance. they offered me to move in with them and they are both over the age of 21. can i move there and transfer there without getting me or my dad in trouble?

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  • Manuel Ramos

    I live in Virginia and I’m pregnant by my boyfriend and I’m under 18. I want to move out because I don’t feel safe in my parents house. What can I do? Please give me information.

  • Dhayana

    Hi ,
    I live in Minnesota. I have a few questions as I am not clearly sure of the law here.

    #1: Im trying to move out on september 1st, I turn 18 on Sept 21st
    Is that Legal to do ?
    #2 : can I travel to New York , When I’m 18 ?

    Thanks !

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  • N/A

    I heard that the law has been changed but can a 17 year old with stable grades still move out of the house and live with a friend if they no longer can tolerate the mental abuse by their parent or guardian?

  • N/A

    This is in GA might I add.

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  • Leslie

    Hi Im four months away from being 18 and its always constant fighting my moms come and gotten me before with the police but i was wondering since im so close to turning 18 will the police really look for me. I live in North Carolina, beaufort county.

  • NRS Communications Team

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  • Arial Mcclanahan

    hey I live in south fulton Tennessee and ill be 17 in couple of months (august 3) I live with both of my parents and my brother.. for many many years and still to this day my dad always told me to pack my stuff and leave but a problem I have with that is my dad told my older sister that when she was my age and told the law that she ran away and the law went and got her and dad sent her to a girls facility in nashville.. I cant get along with anybody in my house and my dad and brother always go against me.. my dad and me we get so mad at each other he has called the law on me more than once.. and a year ago he put his hands on me and I called the law and the law didn’t do nothing about it and I still got punished.. i cant live with him I have tried everything to get along but it aint working.. but I have plenty of friends parents have told me that I can live with them if I had to and I wanted to.. can I move out ??

    anybody know or can help or what I should do????

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  • Destynee Hunter

    in maryland can i move with my grandmother with out the consent of my parent. i am 16 and i have a job. but my mother is complicated and she often confuses me with her rules ,they just dont make sense. she didnt want me to get a job at all, and she makes me watch my brother 24/7 so that she could goout and do what she wants to do. he is 3 now but ive been watching him every since he was 8 months.

  • kayla

    I’m 17 and I’m moving out of my Moms house in Michigan to my boyfriend moms house in Wisconsin. I have two jobs here and plan on getting a job there. Will I be able to get my own place?

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  • marsha whetlow

    I love in Wisconsin. I will be graduating in December. I will not be 18 untill the August after. I was wondering if It would be legal to move to Illinois with my partner and her family. Or how I would do that.

  • Cassie

    i live in virginia and am 17 I turn 18 in three months and graduate in less than one month if i move to maryland after graduation before I’m 18 can my parents make me move back

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  • Shylee

    In Ohio, after you’ve graduated high school can you move out of your house with parent permission? I’m 17 and would have a stable place to live and also a stable job. I’ve read that you can’t petition to be emancipated in Ohio but do you have to emancipate to move out? And is there any possible thing I could do to move once I graduate?

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  • Dawn Marie Gomez

    Can I move out at age 17 in Connecticut…

  • jen o’c

    in texas can my daughters 17 year old father to be boyfriend move in with her she is also 17 . He already doesnt live at home but his mom wont allow him to move with us

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  • Cassie

    I am 17 years old and my parents want me to go up state I don’t want to cause if I go this will be my 4th high school and 23rd school I want to know if I can stay with my grandma or not?

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  • Mariee

    Im 17 years old and i live in Texas. I want to move out because i feel that my father cant take care of me. My boyfriend who is 18 takes care of me more than my own father… I need some information asap please…

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  • Danelle Mays

    My little brother turns 17 in january in florida he has been living with some people who are not blood related who filed for custody of him after our mother and his father passed away. His living conditions are less then what should be execptable and has been emotionally and physically abused. What can be done to get him out of there???? Could he leave at 17 and move back with his blood relatives, me his sister or one of of other brother or sisters??? Just need some help going in the right direction.

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  • Danelle Mays

    My little brother lives in florida where my step father ended up dieing. The situation is a little crazy. He moved down there with my 3 youngest siblings 2 ofnwhom are now 19 and 20 but our baby brother is still having to endure living there. He has ran away multiple times jumped the 2nd story window from school. He has had dfs reports on him because of issues where he lives. Hes mentally and physically abused by the womans son in law that he has to live with… The person who filed for guardianship of him is not even a blood relative. If i were to go get him on his 17 birthday would he get in trouble for running away… I just want to help my baby brother because me and his brother and sisters are all he has left…

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  • Miranda

    I turn 18 in January and I’m from Wisconsin. Can I move out now to get away from all of the stress going on here .. I sit in my room alone everyday and night. I rarely go out of my room. I go to school and I get ignored by everyone there. Could I move out now?

  • Andy

    i am 17 years old and i need to get out of here now. currently a college student and considering flying out to florida. is there any chance i can do all this by myself? can i buy my own ticket away from this hell? im tired of everything. please help

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  • Chris

    Hey I’m Chris an I ran away at age 17 an I turned 18 at 12:00 pm on saturday sept 5th in2015 an I’m in situation where I don’t know what to do the courts an my family ruined my life for 4 years putting me in an out of places an I dine a couple other things but the main things I got in trouble for was not going to school so I gave up an run away because I could handle it nomore. I was on the run for a year but now I’m 18 so i wanna know if I’m finally free or not?

  • Unknown

    I’m turninf 18 in January and live in florida, the marion county area. Can i move in with my boyfriend and his family without parent consent? My dad has kicked me out in the past, and says hes doesn’t care about what I do. I want to live with a family who actually cares about me, and will take me to the drs when I feel the need to go.

  • Ollie

    Okay, my best friend is 17 and she has gotten into some bad trouble with her parents. The reason she got in trouble is because we went to the lake yesterday and her ex (that her parents didn’t like) showed up there. So we were all swimming on the other side of the lake. Well, her dad ended up calling her and I was the only one still on the side of the lake the phones were at. so I answered it and told him that she was swimming across the lake and she would call back as soon as she swam back. Well, he ended up calling another 3 times and finally on the third call she could answer. Well, her dad told her she had 15 minutes to be home so she said okay and went to leave. Because my phone was in her truck her ex and one of my friends went to go get it. When they finally got back to where we parked her parents showed up. Well, her dad started screaming at her and hit her in the back of the head so hard that I could hear it from the lake. Her dad also grabbed her ex by his throat. Her ex decided just to walk away because he still loved my best friend. This has happened before but not this bad. Now she hasn’t shown up to school and I am worried. We already planned it to where she could come live with my family and my mom knows everything that’s going on. I just don’t know what to do.

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  • Tajanae

    Hi my mom kicked me out and im 17 years old but soon to be 18 in December. I was wondering even though I am 17 and now staying with a friend. I have a job and can provide for myself. So does that mean that I can stay living with my friend until I turn 18 and get in a apartment or does it mean I have to stay with my mother until I turn 18.

  • Tajanae

    Also to add I didnt run away I just had someone pick me up so I won’t have to stay on the street.

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  • Alexis

    I’m 17 and I might be pregnant. My boyfriend is 23. I live in Michigan so no laws were broken, but could I legally move in with him without my parents permission

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  • Jordan

    I’m about to turn 17 in November and I’m planning on my parents cutting me off soon. I have about 2,000 dollars in my savings account from my job but would I even be able to keep that money or does that go straight to my parents?

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  • Lj

    Hey I’m 17 and have a job where I make really good money especially in tips. My parents are moving to Wisconsin but I want to stay and move out maybe in a place with my sister. We will both be paying bills. I would definitely say I’m mature and can handle it. I make enough to be on my own. I just don’t want to move. How long dies it take for me to get emancipated and where do I start the process.

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  • Moon

    So,what did they say

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  • Holly

    Hi my name is holly and I’m 17. I do not have a job but I do volunteer at my high school. I live in Tennessee and I really want to move out and go live with my aunt and uncle. My parents have been talking mean to me. They do not curse at me but they have been having a artifice with me. I also never get to hang out with my friends or anything and I’m 17 get straight As and don’t drink or anything. I will turn 18 this February.

  • Kyle

    I turn 17 in 8 days, but.

    I want to get out of my “home” NOW.

    I never get to see my fiance, of a year.
    I never get to go out with my friends.
    I never get to see anyone outside of school; I hate living like this.

    I’m getting a job at Ingles, which means I would get minimum wage payment every week, so.

    What would happen if I DID run away? I have multiple places I could go. That’s not the problem. I just don’t want my “parents” to make me come back, unwillingly.

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  • Carissa Gettemy

    Hi I live in Uniontown Pennsylvania, I turn 18 in like 6 months, my birthday is April 3rd. I want to leave my moms house and get away. I thought about moving in with my boyfriend hes 20 turning 21 on November 8. I’m enrolled in cyber. I cant go to my dads house because he wants nothing to do with me.. I seriously thought about leaving and disappear for 6 months until I turn 18. My mom and step dad sell pills out of their house and my step dad snorts them. Then my step dad smokes marijuana. My mom has 5 kids including me. I wouldn’t want to see anything happen to my siblings. My step father hit me once like 3 years and I got charges on him because he bruised my face when he hit me all because I was sticking up for my one sister. Then not yesterday but the day before he grabbed my face and squeezed really hard because I was sticking up for my boyfriend because my step father was calling him a dead beat father, then after that happened I went outside to get away from him and he kept running his mouth so I picked up a rock and threw it at a chair beside him and he charged and me and he (SUPPOSEDLY) tripped and rammed me into the picnic table outside. He becomes a major dick when he don’t get pills. I tell my mom all the time to leave him but she doesn’t.. She said she needs him to support her. My mom has a really bad back problem where her bones are eating away. She is so hooked on pills now. And she sells them. Ever since she got with my step father he changed her completely, she never used to sell pills. Now my step father got my mother into snorting pills because he does it. My step father even grabbed my mother up and threw a cell phone at her head. He has my siblings so scared they drop to the floor and hide their faces when he starts yelling at them. He has a black kitchen spoon he beats the kids with if they say something wrong or do something, he wells on them. Then he always threatens to grab me up, and hit me. He even does it to my 15 year old sister, he always try’s getting me to beat her up but I say I won’t because I was raised better than that. I dont know what to do. I just want to up and leave my her house. I even thought about suicide. I seriously don’t know what to do. I thought about dropping out of school and just leaving. I really don’t know what to do.

  • jean

    how old do i have to be to move out of my house in Illinois i am 17 now and i have another place i could go. plus i have job after school

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  • xXFaded_SmileXx

    I have a question that has been bothering me for a LONG, long time. I am 16 years old.. (& 3 months) I turn 17 in 9 months. I live in Louisiana, Missouri, where it is legal for a 17 year old girl to move out of her parents house at the age of 17. But the thing that has been bothering me is my parents said if I do move out when I turn 17 that they’d have to sign a paper stating that I can continue going to public school.. I’m a sophomore, and I’d really like to finish school…They tell me that if I do move out that they WON’T sign the paper for me to finish school, because they don’t want me to leave… & I can’t find ANYTHING about this on the internet… I’m really wanting to move out, I need to. All my family (mostly parents) and I do is fight and disagree on EVERYTHING… So please help me.. I’d appreciate it more than you know…

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    And by the way if you ran away hun you become the state’s child.. Something like that.. Most likely you’d go to a foster home or something like that.. Just don’t run away ’cause SOOO many things can go wrong.. Keep your head up.

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  • Vicie Maggard

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  • Alyssa

    I’m 17 turning 18 in 2 months and have a 7 month old daughter can I move out or can they call the cops on me? From Sacramento
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  • anom

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  • Jamie

    At the age of 17 could I move out without parents permission and I dropped out of school

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  • Alyssa

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    Hi, this is actually a question for my boyfriend who is 16 years old. He is currently done with sports and plans to have a job within the next two weeks. Also, he has considered leaving home. He does not feel safe and there is constant arguing and yelling (more like screaming) in the household. If he were to leave, he would wait until he had a job and he would have a place to stay, however I have told him it would probably be best to wait until his 17th birthday to make the final decision. He had told a social worker about his problems at home and she turned him down and wouldn’t bother with him so now he feels stuck. We live in Indiana and I’ve been looking for laws to help with this situation but have not found any that would force him to return home, although I know that could be the case. We have discussed being emancipated but neither of us are too sure about that process and if it doesn’t go through he will once again be stuck. What are his options in moving out permanently? Would waiting until he turns 17 help any?

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  • Arturo Murguia

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  • paulina

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  • Anonymous

    I’m 17 in Kansas and want to move out of my dad’s he said I could is that illegal the house I want to move into landlord would like too know before she does anything

  • Shinyse Deann Ware

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    I’m 16 years old. I want to move with my grandmother. Am I allowed to leave my mother without her permission.?

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  • KB

    In georgia am I allowed to move out of my house without parental consent if I turn 18 in a few weeks?

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  • Ricky

    I just turned 17 and my parents make it clear everyday that they don’t want me. What do I do?

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    I’m 18 and I want to enroll myself in another highschool in Louisiana without my parents consent. I’m getting an apartment with my friend and I’m getting a job very soon. Is it possible for me to enroll myself in another highschool without my parent’s help?

  • Jill

    Hey im 19 and my mom is threatning to kick me and my newborn out of her house. I was just wondering legally can she do that?

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    If I’m in my grandparents custody because of dss, can I still move out at 17?

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    My mom says she can get a court order against me moving out at 18 can sgedo that?

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  • Abdul

    Hey I need help my family fights everyday and I am so tired with and I can concentrate on my school my grades are so bad I’m absent from school to much and I’m 17 years old I really need help

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  • Julie

    I’m 16 and I’m already moved out however I want to move out of state for college can I do that if my dad stays and Florida and I go to Indiana to go to school? (I’m already in college)

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  • bean

    How ? Your only 16 though

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  • Hailey Phipps

    Hi im gonna move out at 17 but live the same town where my parents live so im not leaving town till im older but im gonna move in a apartment with my boyfriend when hes 18 or 19 and my parents don’t want me too move out can I do that without her getting me

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  • bianca

    Hey I am 16 and living with my legal guardians since the age of 6, I recently just had my on baby, I am ready to leave this house and go be with my biological parents. I am thinking of running away to them but I do not want them to come get me. what should I do. I hate it hear this women is controlling and I think she is going to try and take my baby from me

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  • Kianna

    I’m 17 year old and 7weeks pregnant. I live in Louisiana and my parents are very emotionally abusive. My 19 year old sister even hit me the other day. The father of my baby lives in Texas and wants me to move in with him ASAP before all the stress makes me lose our baby. I am out of school and I need to know if I move out will I be forced to move back in with my parents once I move out?

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  • Stephie Chelle

    My daughter, hopefully will be graduating early, at the age of 17. Will she be considered an adult even though she will not be 18 until 3/2017? We live in Texas

  • shane

    I live in Missouri and we can move out at 17 but i was wondering since ill be 17 in 26 days will i be able to leave foster car

  • Jazmin

    If I’m 17 in Michigan, but adopted by my grandma does that mean that I can’t move out?

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  • Arya Morin

    Can I move out of my parents house at 16 without their permission legally in California?

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  • Mercedez Arroyo

    Ill be 17 when i graduate. And plan on going to college. My mom thinks since ill still be 17 she gets to vchoose where i go to college even though she isnt paying for any of it. Is that true??

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  • Chloe Ray

    What if your sibling abuses you can you move out at 16

  • Anon

    Yes, you can… I am from Michigan.. I moved out at 17.. got the cops called on me.. and the cops laughed in my grandparents faces, saying that there was nothing they could do about it because I was 17

  • Anon

    No, you will be a legal adult and free to leave

  • Anon

    Yes, she can. You have to be evicted though.. she can’t just tell you to leave. Eviction usually gives you 30 days before you have to be out

  • Anon

    Depends, how many credits did you have when you dropped out? Usually high school has an age limit. If you can finish getting your credits before that age limit, you will be all good

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  • Tim

    My son’s girl friend hate her life at home and is due in June at that time she will be 17 can she leave the home and or give my son the child till she is 18 and can come stay with us at my residence, we are in illinois

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  • Dana

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  • Dana

    And now she wants to move out of syracuse in which i dont want to almost all my life ive had to move everytime she says she s.moving ive been in puerto rico where i was born from there to florida from florida to brooklyn ny from there to here and nos she wants to move again i dont want to move km tired of it i dont want to leave my bf weve been together for 3 years she wants to make me hate her what can i do

  • Dana

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  • Lisa

    My son wants to or he already moved out of the house he is stay at turns 18 April 1st he’s not graduated from high school is this possible

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  • Dana

    First of all its none of ur bussines like ive said in a comment above its my phone spelling i have it in spanish so everything i type gets translated and if you arent here to help me then dont reply at all good bye

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  • Caila Hurst

    I want to move out of my moms house when i turn 17 in may and my boyfriend will be 20 at the time i go live wiht him. I live in South Carolina and he lives in Missouri. My mom wouldnt be okay with me going and living with him but his parents are welcoming and i will be safe over there. What legal problems could we face with me just getting on a plane and going over there without her permission.

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  • cynthia

    Im 14 and I want to move out of my dads house and into my aunts, my dad said no but he legally doesnt have full custody of me. And I dont live with my mom, but she does have full custody of me. Can I move in with my aunt with only moms permission and not get anyone in trouble

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  • unknown

    I’m 17 years old. 18 in September. I don’t want to live with my parents anymore because things are just extremely uncomfortable. I live in California. I’m really unhappy here and I have someone else I would love to love with. Can I leave anytime I want if id like to ? I don’t get along with my parents at all.

  • Destiny Valentin

    I’m 17 I’ll be 18 in march 3 i want to move with my fiancé I’m from Chicago but he’s in Minnesota I hate living with my grandparents the have custody of me but the make me feel like I’m not part of the family i hate it alot all we do is argue n fight am I able to move out with my fiance?

  • Maria

    I am 16 my father had full custody of me, mom is not an option. My dad plans on moving to Alaska this summer, just 4 months before my 17th birthday. I do not want to move my grandmother said I could stay with her, so do I have any options, my dad said I could not stay,

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  • Ehlana

    I am 17 and will turning 18 in 8 days. My parents kicked me out of the house a week ago and I have been staying at my grandparents. I have failed this school year already; however, my boyfriend and his parents want me to move in because they are able to provide a safe environment, and my boyfriend wants to help me pay to do homeschooling so I can get my diplom . If my parents call the police will they search for me and take me back? And can I get my transcripts and drip out of high school? I live in Memphis, TN.

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  • Abigail

    I am 15 years old. I know I am too young to think about moving out or Emancipation, but I have a problems with my mom. Social security and my mother have talked about sending me to Foster Care, my mom says she doesn’t want Me in the house anymore and if they take me she won’t object. She also said she doesn’t want to be responsible for anything I do and if I mess up she won’t care. I don’t want to go to Foster Care, I’d rather be on my own, I have a plan on how I would work with things but I’m still iffy about it. I have considered both options but don’t know which to do, if I emancipate I want to know what options I have and what’s the best for me.

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  • emerald

    Im 17 i just turned 17 in january. I wont be 18 until 2017. I’m in foster care and my foster parent quite foster care supposedly and i love the town im in and i have a boyfriend here and a life and i love the school. I dont want to leave the town i live in now. Can I live on my own at 17 even though I’m in states custody?

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  • Elizabeth

    I am 17, 18 in august of 2016(a little under 6 months), can I move out after I graduate in May? I live in Oklahoma

  • Elizabeth

    I am 17, 18 in august of 2016(a little under 6 months), can I move out after I graduate in May? I live in Oklahoma.

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  • makaela

    I am 17 years old turning 18 in November of 2016, am I able to move out when I graduate in may? I live in Marylan

  • Kevin

    Hi I’m 17 years old, I turn 18 in June , Can i move out and into my girlfriends house with out my parents consent?

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  • Datra

    I’m 17 & having a baby , & I really don’t want to live in this house with my family members because they treat me unfairly , Could I do for myself & my child ?

  • Katalina

    I’m 16 and tiring 17 in August (2016). I really don’t want to live with my father anymore. He’s extremely controlling and I’ve ran away before. If I were to get a job now and save up to move would the courts see me as mature enough to be emancipated?

  • Sheryl

    I’m 17 and I feel like I’m failing myself as a person. I feel discouraged to such an extent that I won’t fight it. School majes me feel stupid. Stupid maths and stupid physics is so confusing. I’m in my last year and I don’t feel like I’m going to get the necessary marks that I need for University. I feel like such a disappointment. I’m nothing like my cousin whom I’m constantly compared to. I just want to read and write. I want to use my creativity more than having to actually think. I feel pressured when it comes to thinking. I feel like I’m not allowed to be who I am. I want to do what I want to do but no one will permit it. I have to go to highschool for the rest of my days left and live the life that my parents are trying to give themselves through me.

    My parents make me feel like I’m such a mistake. They make me feel stupid. I feel worthless. I feel abandoned like they’ve turned against me. I feel like a weapon that they use to prove a point. I don’t even know where I’m supposed to turn to. I feel unhappy constantly. It’s discouraging! I’m so lost and confused and frustrated. It’s so samn frustrating. They want to control me. They mock my decisions. They keep telling me to dream realistically. I don’t know what I should do. All my actions are watched, my mother telling me about what mistakes I make when I feel the decision is right for me. They don’t want me to live as myself. They don’t want me to be who I want to be. They don’t care about my happiness. Not once in my life have I ever gotten a question such as am I alright… do I need anything… is everything fine… is there something that’s not siting well with me… I’m never asked about my day. I’m never asked about how i am emotionally, physically and mentally.

    I feel they don’t care about me. They don’t support my dreams. They don’t understand that I know my capabilities. They think they are right and what I feel is good for me is wrong. They say I’m not well. Apparently I’m not allowed to raise an opinion. I’m not allowed to defend myself when wrongly accused. I’m not allowed say how I feel. I’m not allowed to even cry.

  • Joseph

    Ok I’m 15 I’ll be 16 in three months an I’m pregnant an my dad is abusive an he would hurt me an the baby I want to move in with my bf an his parents but my parents won’t let me his parents said I could move in I live In Indiana how can I move out
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  • dave baise

    I’m 17, I’m trying to get a job now, and I live with my grandpa in Indiana and I’m threatened to get kicked out basically everyday and I’m not wanted in this house and I’m tired of the verbal abuse I receive. My grandpa constantly says I need to find somewhere to go and that’s he is gonna kick me out and thus and that. I’m a junior in high school and I’m on track to graduate next year. I turn 18 in November and I’m just wanting to know what my options are at the moment. Is there anyplace I can go and stay till I am 18? He doesn’t want me here and the only reason I am here is because both of my parents are on drugs and they can’t support themselves. I have nowhere to go and No one to turn to. Just somewhere where I am safe and my personal belongings are safe. Not sure if there is such a place or not but if there is I’d love to be turned into it.

  • Courtney

    Im 16 and will be 17 in just under 4 months, I dont want to tell my personal business but can I move out at 17 without my mothers permission here in Georgia?

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    Hi, Dave. Thank you for reading our blog and deciding to contact us. It sounds like you are in the middle of a very difficult situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center staff is available 24-7 to listen to your story. They can help you create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, and direct you to resources in your area. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat function on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

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    Hi Courtney. Thank you for finding us and for reading. We appreciate your desire to withhold details about your situation. It sounds like you may be in a serious predicament. We can help you create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, and direct you to resources in your area. Please call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY or send us an email or use our chat function on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Charity

    I’m 17 and I have my diploma. Can I move out?

  • Anonymoususer8799

    I am a little over 17, I live in ohio, but I would like to move out of my mothers house soon, is this possible without my mother permission?

  • Shay Lynn

    I’m 17 and live in New York my mom says she can make me stay still I’m 21, But I’m adopted an wanna move out can that be possible when I’m 18?

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Hi, Charity. Thank you for reading our blog and contacting us. In order to best answer your question, we will need more information on your situation. Please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat function on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

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    Hi, Anon. Thank you for reaching out to us. It sounds like you are in a tough situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center can listen to your story and help you create a plan of action for your next move that will keep you safe and off the street. We ask that you please call 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat at 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope you choose to contact us. Take care.

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    Hi, Shay. Thank you for reading our blog. It sounds like you are dealing with a complicated situation. We are here to help. Our services are available 24 hours a day to listen to your story and help you create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street. We can also direct you to resources in your area. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our chat function on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • amber

    im 15 and i was trying to move out because my parents are telling me that when i drop out of school that they not going to let me live there are they any way when i turn 16 i can leave

  • amber

    can you plez help me with that

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Hi, Amber. Thank you for reaching out. It sounds like you are in a very tough situation. We are here to help. Our crisis services center can speak with you about creating a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as direct you to resources in your area. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat option on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We are available 24 hours a day so feel free to call us at any time.

  • Eric Chavez

    Can you help me my girl is 16 bout to be 17 and she gets mistreated her parents make her do everything while her other sister are lazy they put her down like a dog its always yelling. And negstivity nd i work and everything nd i just turned 18 on the 13th of march nd i want her to come live with me can u help me !

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Hi Eric. Thank you for reading our blog and for contacting us. It sounds like you are both in a very difficult situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center staff can direct you to resources in your area, as well as work with you to create a plan of action for your next move. We suggest that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our chat function on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope that you reach out to us soon.

  • Abby

    Legally you can call law inforcement and tell them that you are in danger and so is your unborn child physically. You do not have to stay there but social services will be involved which is very scary when young and pregnant. But go to higher authorities. It’s definitely possible just gotta put a little more effort in

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Abby, thank you for for contributing. We appreciate your help. Each case is unique, and we try to get all of the details around a situation in order to create the best possible plan of action. We always encourage youth to contact the authorities in their area. We also encourage youth to use our crisis services center in order to best understand their options. We hope that you continue to help support our mission by sharing our hotline number and website with those in need.

  • Kaela Mecham

    i’m 16 and want to leave my state to live with my friend. he lives in virginia and i live in idaho. i dont want to live with my mom anymore because all she does is yell at me and i hate it here. is it possible for me to leave and go to virginia?

  • Kaela Mecham

    please answer as soon as possible

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Hi, Kaela. Thank you for your patience and for contacting us. We are here to listen and to help. It sounds like you are in a complicated situation. Our crisis services center can speak with you, help you to create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as direct you to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our chat function on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

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  • Emily

    Hi I’m emily I’m almost 17 and I want to move out into my boyfriends house but my parents don’t like him and threaten to call the cops on us for nothing how can I move out

  • Seth McDonough

    Hi I’m seth I live and Nevada I turn 18 in 2 months and have been living independently since December but now my dad is threatening to call the cops and get me fired from my job. Is there any way I can stay moved out and keep my job?

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    Hi, Emily. Thank you for finding us. It sounds like you are in a tough situation. We are here to listen and help. We can help you create a plan of action that can keep you safe and off the street, and direct you to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Hi, Seth. Thank you for writing to us. We are sorry to hear that you are in a difficult situation. We are here to help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to listen to your needs, help you develop a plan of action for your next move that will keep you safe, as well as direct to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. Please contact us at your earliest convenience.

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  • Cam

    Hey my name is cam, my mother is extremely bias between me and my brother. I am not quite sure what her ground is for this. I think she may have a mental condition such as bipolar disorder but I am not a doctor. She’s extremely verbally abusive but never physically. She’s often threatened to take away meals from me and has a couple of times but only for a couple of hours and also threatened to tell my family rumors so they won’t like me and so I won’t have anywhere to go. My father works a lot and is gone most of the time and does not know who to believe and so the day to day cycle continues. I am 17 and would like move out of my house and in with family in the area until I turn 18 and become stable. I already have a employer who who has offered me a career as soon as I am 18 (not a fast food job or anything. An actually skill focused career). Will this help me in my case? Is there anyway I can move out?

  • Cam

    Hey my name is cam, my mother is extremely bias between me and my brother. I am not quite sure what her ground is for this. I think she may have a mental condition such as bipolar disorder but I am not a doctor. She’s extremely verbally abusive but never physically. She’s often threatened to take away meals from me and has a couple of times but only for a couple of hours and also threatened to tell my family rumors so they won’t like me and so I won’t have anywhere to go. My father works a lot and is gone most of the time and does not know who to believe and so the day to day cycle continues. I am 17 and would like move out of my house and in with family in the area until I turn 18 and become stable. I already have a employer who who has offered me a career as soon as I am 18 (not a fast food job or anything. An actually skill focused career). Will this help me in my case? Is there anyway I can move out? I also feel that she just hates me by nature. This might be partly due to my brother who often fuels the fire and instigates this situations. But I can say nothing to her and she will start bashing me about something (often my physically appearance, often says I have no friends, just today said my haircut looked horrible which she made me get and told my brother to post it on social media so people could Mel fun of me) I am not sure what it is I try to stay as calm and passive as possible but she will pick at me until I can’t take it anymore. I can just feel how she hates me anytime I am around. He way she looks at me and then starts bashing me. She often purposes dinner options to my brother and then tells me she doesn’t give a shit about me I can figure it out on my own. I honestly don’t know what to do. I have given up all hopes of trying to have a good relationship with my mother.

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Hi, Cam. Thank you for finding us on our blog and for choosing to share your story. We are here to listen and to help. It sounds like you are in a very difficult situation. Our crisis services center staff can listen to you, help you create a plan of action for your next move that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as direct you to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our chat function on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Kendra Roye

    I’m 17 I’ve been living without my parents for a couple months now. I’ve been living with a family friend and my parents are okay with that. My mom and her boyfriend are abusive. And my dad is giving me and the person I’m living with the run around. I’m unable to go to the doctor he won’t sign the paper for me to go and he’s not going to do anything for me until he gets help for himself. Is there a way I can get the person I’m living with guardianship of me until I’m 18? I don’t go to school I’m trying to drop out and my dad isn’t trying to find a way to sign the papers

  • Hayley Campbell

    I’m 17 and pregnant, I graduate from high school in a few weeks. Do my parents still have control over me after I graduate? Can I move in with my boyfriend before I turn 18?

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Hi, Kendra. Thank you for finding us and sharing your story. It sounds like you are in the middle of a complicated situation. We are here to listen and to help. our crisis services center is available at any time to speak with you about your concerns and help direct you to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat option on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

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    Hi, Hayley. Thank you for submitting your question. This sounds like a complicated situation. We are here to help. By accessing our crisis services center, you can speak with us about your concerns. We can also help you create a plan of action for your next move that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as direct you to resources in your area that can help. Please give us a call at any time at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope you choose to speak to us soon.

  • Kayley

    I’m 17 I don’t want to move out I want to take my brother and sister and leave for a couple weeks my step dad is abusive and I want to get away with the kids for a few weeks can I do that legally take them and go for a few weeks?

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Hi, Kayley. Thank you for reaching out to us. It sounds like you are a in a very difficult position. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available to listen to your needs, help you create a plan of action for your next move that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as direct you to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Jane_Doe1337

    I’m 17 and in NY, I can not live with my parents anymore. I can not and will not deal with them. I don’t care what I have to do. Is there anyway I can leave legally? Or if I runaway is there a way I can stay off the radar? Besides the obvious.

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    Hi, Jane. Thank you for reading our blog and writing to us. It sounds you are dealing with a very difficult situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7-365 to listen to your needs, help you create a plan of action for your next move, and direct you to resources in your area. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Dylicia Jiggley Shipp

    Hi, my name is Dylicia Shipp and I’m 17.I hate living with my mom she has me socially, physically and mentally shut out of the world. I have no kids. I made a 27 on my Act. I share a room with my sister, I sleep in a bunk bed. I cant even go on the porch. I have to live a secret life because I’m gay. My mother believes that gay people aren’t right. She procrastinated my entire life, job interviews, job opportunities. I don’t want to live with her anymore!

  • Hi, Dylicia. Thank you for reading our blog and for choosing to contact us. It sounds like you are dealing with a difficult and frustrating situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available at any time to listen to you, help you create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as direct you to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Mya Raquel

    I’m 17 and in Texas. I came here to visit my father for Christmas but before I was in Louisiana with my mother. I don’t want to live in Texas, I want to go back and live with my mother but he won’t let me. He doesn’t have his own place or car. He’s making him me and my younger brother live with his mother in her house. Emotionally, I’m exhausted and have reoccurring thoughts of suicide. It’s a very stressful situation because of the lack of stability. I can’t stand my father and I wish to leave the state and live with my mother. Can my mother legally come get me without having to be emancipated?

  • Hi, Mya. Thank you finding us and for having the courage to contact us. It sounds like you are dealing with a very serious situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to listen to your concerns, help you create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as direct you to resources in your area that can provide the help you need. We ask that you get to a safe place and give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat option on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

  • Karolina Huerta

    I’m a 17 year old teen mom & I’ve been wanting to move out with my baby’s father..But my mom won’t let me..can I leave? I really wanna go live with him.

  • raven “Rstudio” knepp

    my girl friend is constantly abused verbally to the point where she will cry her self to sleep ive been with her a year now so ive heard it before but tonight on the phone she came home from work and walk in the house she forgot to text them saying she was on her way home so he screams at her at the top of his lungs not sure what exactly ik why the fuck would you do that to me was in there somewhere. any way she started to cry so i did my best to comfort her over the phone she went to her car just for a place to get away from him. still crying and trying to vent a little then he came up to the door and all i hear is him screaming can you come out of the fucking car please he opens the door and got in her face screaming like a psychopath then he stormed into the house and started screaming at her mom. she told me she thought he was going to hit her she was crying uncontrollably and shaking. after a few minuets int the house he stormed out and drove off so my girl friend went in her house to find her mom sobbing the phone got disconnected after a bit of them just crying together. idk what to do this is definitely not the fist time and by far not the worst hes done im sick of seeing him hurt her and her mother like that.

  • raven “Rstudio” knepp

    she turned 17 today im 18 im trying to find options i dont want to cause more trouble for her but something needs to be done her mom needs helpd to and their both to scared to say anything

  • Hi, Karolina. Thank you for locating and reading our blog. It sounds you are in a complicated situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available at any time to listen to your concerns, help you create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as direct you to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Hi, Raven. Thank you for finding us and for choosing to contact us. We are here to listen and to help. It sounds like you and your girlfriend are dealing with a potentially harmful situation. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to listen to your concerns, direct you to resources in your area that can help, as well as help you create a plan of action that will help keep you safe and off the street, We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • leah marie

    So im nearly 17 in 2 months and i recently found out im 5 weeks and a few days pregnant. I really want to move out when my baby is born but have hardly any savings, and im under social services.

  • Hi, Leah Marie. Thank you for finding us and for choosing to contact us. It sounds like you are under a lot of stress and dealing with a difficult situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7-365 to listen to your needs, help you create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as direct you to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Jennifer Escobedo

    Hi i am adopted and my parents and i live with my brother . My mom recently told my brother that she wants him to take over and tell me what to do because i dont listen to her. My brother tells me i cant go with my babys father because i have to stay here 1 week yes and one week no is that right? Can my brother tke over and tell me what i can do and not do ? Because now i cant even ask my parent’s to go anywhere it has to be my brother . can i move out ? Im about to turn 17 in 3 months.

  • Hi, Jennifer. Thank you for finding us and reading our blog. It sounds like you are dealing with a complicated situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available right now to listen to your story, help you create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as direct you to resources in your area. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Deserie

    My son has a girl friend who keeps running away from her mom she about to be 17 in a week or 2 her mom beats her and has her brother beats her and others I’ve seen bruises and my whom is 16 has seen this happen she has ran away to my house for the second time scared what do I do she doesn’t want to go back I called the law enforcement already and cps no one is helping what can I do plz help

  • Hi, Deserie. Thank you for reading our blog and for choosing to reach to us. It sounds like your son’s girlfriend is in the middle of a very difficult situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to speak with you and your loved ones, help those in need to create a plan of action for their next move, and direct them to resources in their area that can help. We would encourage and your son’s girlfriend to give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you all soon.

  • leah marie

    Can i get a flat at the age of 17 whilst pregnant?

  • Hi Leah Marie. Thank you for checking back in. In order to get the best possible information, we suggest that you contact us through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org, or through our hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY.

  • cassy

    I have a question. My sister is 14 and she gets treated very badly at her mom’s house and her father’s, there divorsed. She gets hit and mentally abused everyday I try taking her when I can but most of the time it’s not aloud. She has been malested my her mom’s husband’s son. She gets hit, she is only allowed to eat once a day, if she eats more she gets called fat. Now she pukes every time she does eat. My sister wants to get out of there asap. I was wondering if anyway she could move out of there and live with me. Is there anyway I could take her in? Or does she have to live there because she is only 14? If someone can let me know that would be great thanks. I’m just trying to do what’s best for her. I don’t like seeing her like this.

  • Hi, Cassy. Thank you for finding us and for reading our blog. We are sorry to hear about your sister’s situation. It sounds like she and you are going through a very difficult time. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available at any time to listen to your needs, help you and your sister to create a plan of action that will keep her safe and off the street, as well as direct you both to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

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  • Cora “Zatch” Reece

    Hey. I want to move out and try to start out early during the summer, and i have someone id be doing it with. We both are going to be seniors in high school, and both want to leave our houses. But we dont know if its illegal. I live in Louisville, KY. We are also both 17, and im wandering if itd be illegal for me to “camp” (temporarily live) in a campsite, like the Memorial Forest.

  • Kelsea Marie

    Hey I’m 17 and I live in Maine just 30 minutes from Bangor. I’m sick and tired of my parents trying to take over my life, make my decisions, and decide who I can talk to and where I can or cannot go. I have a close friend who would be willing to take me in and let me live with him and his family until I can take care of myself better than I can now. Is this legal? Can I do this without being forced to be moved back to my house? I have a job and I would have access to a car too. Please help.

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  • Hi, Cora. Thank you for reading our blog and for choosing to contact us. It sounds like you dealing with a complicated situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available 24/7 to listen to you, help you create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as refer you to services in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat function on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Hi, Kelsea. Thank you for contacting us. From your description, it sounds like you are dealing with a difficult situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available at any time to hear your story, help you create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the streets, as well as provide referrals to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

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  • Sam

    Hi I’m 19 years old and my mother wants to try and keep my at my the house and won’t let me move and I don’t feel safe there with her and her finance I fee saver when I’m away from her and she will try looking for my to take me back to her house and I don’t wanna stay there I feel safer with my bf and I’ve known him for a few months since I got my job but we’ve only been together for a month in 5 days

  • Bri

    Hi I’m 17 years old and I can’t live with my dad no more like he don’t listen to me he bring woman around me and don’t care about my feeling and just yesterday we got in a fight and he said he would get some to kick my ass if don’t feel safe here no more even when I was a kid he use to beat me like it was nun he putsaid me down call me a bitch and all different types of names he tells ppl he wish i would kill myself so he can go back to his single like before he had me I have my dad ex gf who said I cud live with her she really nice he tried to beat on her but she walk out she my angel I was looking up and it said in virginia 4 to 6 months after your 17 birthday u can. Leave an no one can tell u to go back is this true cause if it is next month make it 4 months should I wait to 6 months to leave because it summer right now what should I do

  • Hi, Sam. Thank you for reading our blog and for contacting us. It sounds like you are dealing with a complicated situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to listen to your needs, help you create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as provide referrals to services in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Hi, Bri. Thank you for finding us and for choosing to contact us. It sounds like you are going through a very difficult time. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available at any time to listen to you, help you create a plan of action for your next move that will keep you safe and off the streets, as well as refer you to services in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Bre

    Hey I’m 17 with a 2 month old baby can I move out with boyfriend also my daughters father . He is over 20. I am in Illinois . I want to know the opinions I have because my mom threatens me everyday .

  • Hi, Bre. Thank you for reading our blog and choosing to contact us. It sounds like you dealing with a complicated situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to listen to the details of your story, help you create a plan of action for your next move that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as refer to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope that we speak with you soon.

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  • Destinee

    Hey I’m 17 years old I live in the state of Wyoming. If I graduated a year early and have my diploma can I legally move out early or would I get in trouble. I just can’t handle living where I am at anymore. I just want to know so that I dont get in trouble.

  • Hi Destinee. Thank you for finding our blog and for contacting us. It sounds you have a difficult decision to make. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available at any time to listen to your needs, help you create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as refer youto resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat between 430pm and 1130pm CST on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • alejandra mendez

    Hii, I’m 18 years old I live in California and I’m planning to move out with my boyfriend, he is 22 but he is scared of my parents. Can he get arrested if we move out together?

  • Alejandra, The laws change from state to state and NRS is not a legal expert. But we are here 24/7 to listen to your story and help you come up with a plan. Please contact our crisis intervention team at 1-800-RUNAWAY or info@1800RUNAWAY.org or live chat at http://www.1800RUNAWAY.org.
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  • Jessie

    I’m 16 almost 17, and me and my mother are visiting her sister and family (She has two daughters, only one of which lives at home, a husband, and her mother lives there. Four bedroom house) I hate living where we live now, (we live in SC and they live in TX) and have been begging to move for the entirety of my life. There are no real problems at home, besides the having only one friend (it’s a really small town), I also have been in a bit of trouble here and would really like a fresh start with fresh new people, I really want the experience of going to a larger high school and living in a larger town. How could I do this correctly??

  • Alex

    I’m from Canada and I want to move to New York alone I’m 18 and have graduated

  • Alex

    Can i? Since the law is 21 I think!?

  • Hi Jessie! It sounds like you are ready for a change. We are here to listen and help you come up with a plan. Please reach out to our crisis services center by calling 1-800-RUNAWAY, emailing info@1800RUNAWAY.org or live chatting at http://www.1800RUNAWAY.org. NRS is always open, 24/7/365, and ready to help. -NRS Communications Team

  • HI Alex! Laws change from state to state and country to county. NRS is not a legal expert but we want to help. Please reach out to our crisis service center by calling 1-800-RUNAWAY, emailing info@1800RUNAWAY.org or live chatting at http://www.1800RUNAWAY.org. We are here 24/7/365 and we want to help.

  • Paige

    I’m 17 years old (turning 18 this year) and live with my mom and step dad. I’m tired of being treated like child, and being disrespected at home. My boyfriend is moving to Toronto this summer and him and his family want me to go with him, is this allowed? Will it be considered running away? Is it legal, and could I do it without getting the police involved?

  • Hi Paige! It sounds like its tough at home right now. Laws change from state to state and country to country. Although NRS is not a legal expert, we are here to listen, here to help. Please contact our crisis services team by calling 1-800-RUNAWAY, emailing info@1800RUNAWAY.org or live chatting on our site http://www.1800RUNAWAY.org. We are always open and you will be connecting to a caring person.
    NRS Communications Team

  • Zakiyyah Woods

    I’m 17 and live in sc, I am in the states custody and my grandma said I can’t live with her anymore so I left to stay with a friend and their mom and the mom thinks she will get in trouble can I stay with her ?

  • Zakiyyah, It sounds like rough and uncertain times for you. Although NRS is not a legal expert, we are here to listen, here to help. Please reach out to our crisis intervention team by calling 1-800-RUNAWAY, emailing info@1800RUNAWAY.org or live chatting at http://www.1800RUNAWAY.org. We are always open, 24/7/365 and you will be connecting to a caring person. Please reach out to the crisis services center.
    -NRS Communications Team

  • Abby Brinker

    Im 16 turning 17 in july, i live in Wi. I live with my dad since i got kicked out of my moms. He is also very aggressive and an alcohlic. Ive been going to therapy for the past 7 years. I want to know if i can move out at the age of 17 to get away from all these mind games. Ive tried going to the law enforcements and nothing has been done about it. Ive tried moving in with a friend and family but i always get the cops called for a run away. I just want to get away from all this.

  • Kobyjordan

    I am 17 turning 18 in 4 months and I have graduated highschool and have been on my own for 2 months and my Mother has only gave me a ride to get my stuff but she is trying to make me move back into her house because she says she didn’t want me to live by my self because she gits a check and food stamps and she make me give her almost my whole check for staying there and I have a job have a stable living environment I am not on getting into trouble so if I tell her I’m not moving back in with her how do I go my own way so I can make it where she will leave me alone so I can start my life ?

  • Thanks for posting on our blog, Kobyjordan! Your situation sounds rough. NRS wants to help. Please reach out to our crisis intervention team by calling 1-800-RUNAWAY, emailing info@1800RUNAWAY.org or live chat at http://www.1800RUNAWAY.org. We are always open 24/7/365. A caring person is ready to listen to your story and help you come up with a plan. -NRS Communications Team

  • Abby, thank you for contacting NRS through our blog. Laws vary from state to state and city to city. Our trained crisis intervention team can help. Please reach out to our crisis intervention team by calling 1-800-RUNAWAY, emailing info@1800RUNAWAY.org or live chat at http://www.1800RUNAWAY.org. We are always open 24/7/365. A caring person is ready to listen to your story and help you come up with a plan. -NRS Communications Team

  • sophie

    Im 17 turning 18 in 3 months. Can I move out of my dads house and move in with my sister? They both stay in florida.

  • Hi, Sophie. Thank you for reading our blog and choosing to contact us. Your description sounds like you are dealing with a difficult situation. However, we will need more details in order to help you with your needs. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to listen to your needs, help you create a plan of action for your next move that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as refer you to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or using our live chat option on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Alyssa

    I’m 17 and turning 18 in January. I am emotionally and physically abused. I can’t take living here anymore. Is there a way I can move in with a family member?

  • Kelsey

    Can I move out? I’m in Michigan and I’m 17. My parents aren’t bad but they are controlling and I graduated already. I saved enough to leave but is it legal? Can they legally still send cops after me?

  • Hi, Alyssa. Thank you for reading our blog and for choosing to contact us. It sounds like you are dealing with a very difficult situation. We are here to listen and to help. If you are experiencing any kind of abuse, we suggest contacting our crisis services center at 1-800-RUNAWAY or by sending us an email or by using our live chat function on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We can listen to your story, help you create a plan of action for your next move that will keep you safe, as well as refer you to resources in your area that can help. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Hi, Kelsey. Thank you for contacting us and for reading our blog. It sounds like you are in the middle of a complicated situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to listen to your story, help you create a plan of action for your next move that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as refer you to resources in your area that can help. Please call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or by sending us an email or use our live chat function through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Spicy

    Yes you can move out. My brother ran away at 17 and the cops told us it is legal:) I don’t know the details like if you have to live with certain arrangements but I know you can:)

  • Spicy

    My brother ran away to his dad’s and the cops said its legal and did nothing when my mom tried contacting them. 🙂

  • Spicy

    Now I can’t say it’s a definite but when my mom called they said its legal for him to move out. But he did also leave a letter saying he was moving out so maybe that had a play in it too.

  • Spicy

    Now I can’t say it’s a definite but when my mom called they said its legal for him to move out. But he did also leave a letter saying he was moving out so maybe that had a play in it too. 🙂

  • Hunter

    Can I be able to move out? I’m seventeen and I have Asperger’s and have to take medication for my anxiety. Last night my father who for the last two years as been injured and is not able to work. I try to talk to him about but he brushes it off and I hear that he took a great number of my medication and has been depressed about not bring able to work. I was contemplating about moving out and had everything packed up but my family sat down and talked about the whole thing. My Dad says he will prove to us that he can be a better person but I have my doubts about the whole thing. I don’t know what to do. What should I do.

  • Mary

    Im 17 and probably. About to run away im pregnant and the house im living in is way to stressful and its gotten violent ive told ss 3 times about it and they put me back here so im wondering if im pregnant,17 and a run away can social service bring me back because. I was told they can not because. I would be a emancipated adult????

  • Mary

    If ur 18 no they can not because u r now an adult and can make ur own ways

  • Hi, Hunter. Thank you for reading our blog and for choosing to contact us. It sounds like you and your family are dealing with a very difficult situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to listen to you, help you create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as refer you to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat function on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear you soon.

  • Hi, Mary. Thank you for contacting us. We are very sorry to hear about your difficult situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available at any time to listen to your needs, help you create a plan of action that will keep you safe, as well as refer you to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or by sending us an email or use our live chat function on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope that you decide to contact us soon.

  • Jayne

    im in ohio. and i want to know if i can move in with my boyfriend at 17 years of age

  • Donnell Pearson

    Hello my name is Donnell I am 17 and am turning 18 next month in August I live in California I have graduated and am enrolled in my local city college I just got two jobs and I want to move out I am physically and mentally abused at home an I’m getting to a point to where I can take it any more I am getting financial aid and are currently saving money for a place I have roommates and everything is there any way I can move out without having any problems with the law and is there any way I can make sure my father bother me when I leave cause I start school on the 22 of August but my bday is on the 20 I want to be out before that so I can be settled I also have a leg disability and my father supposedly say he doesnt get and disability for me which I don’t believe

  • Hi, Jayne. Thank you for finding our blog and choosing to reach out to us. In order to best answer your question, we could use more information on your situation. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email our use our live chat function through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Hi, Donnell. Thank you for reading our blog and for contacting us. It sounds like you are dealing with a difficult situation in the best ways possible. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to listen to your story, help you create a plan of action for your next move that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as refer you to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat function through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Jesse

    I’m 17 and I live in California and I want to move to Virginia beach, Virginia. There I would have everything. Food, shelter, clothing. And I would finish up my senior year there. I wanna get away from California is it possible? I just don’t wanna be in California. I’m stressed out here for reasons I don’t know but I would like help on this issue

  • Angela Cabrera

    Hi worried now cause I was just told my 16year old my try to move out a17 didn’t even no they could do that. She is not in a bad home in a loving envirment. I’m just in shock. I just want her to finish school.

  • Hi, Angela. Thank you for finding us and for choosing to contact us. It sounds like this is a complicated situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available right now to speak with you, and help you to create a plan of action for your next decision. We can also refer you to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Hi, Jesse. Thank you for writing to us. It sounds like you are in the middle of a difficult circumstance. We are here to listen and to help. Any kind of change can be difficult, but there are resources available that can help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to help you create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the streets, as well as direct you to resources in your area. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat option through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • QuinkQuink

    Hi. Here’s the deal. A girl leaves home at 16 or 17. Her mom has addiction issues. Father out of jail but working a good job and seems nice. But he doesn’t want daughter in life. Step dad hurts this girl so she left and is living w relatives out of state. Can’t get enrolled in high school cause her legal guardian, her mom, won’t give permission. Her mom can’t stand having her around but doesn’t want her away. Strange. And step dad harms her. Girl devastated cause of situation. Just wants to be enrolled in high school. Can this girl divorce from her parents thus allowing her to have self guardianship? Girls bright, stays out of trouble and pleasant. Thoughts?
    Thanks.

  • AJ

    Hey I was wondering if you have in though or ways to say help a teen who’s 19 and going though a lot in life her she’s not in college she barely makes in money and all she do is goes though the motions of life without even living it wondering how long til she die without having anything to her name ..her family not much help she doesn’t communicate with her father or mother she has so many issues but hides it behind a smile hoping that their is still a small chance she can make it in life … She all alone and just wish she could be a teen but knows that’s to late for her and she just wants to leave the state and just start a new life and start over righting her wrong become at least something that way she knows her life on this earth wasn’t for nothing or just a waste of space for another family …any ideas or plan on what this teen can do before its to late

  • Hi, QQ. Thank you for finding us and choosing to reach out. It sounds like you are dealing with a very unfortunate situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to listen to you, help you create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as refer you to services in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat option through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Hi, AJ. Thank you for finding our blog and for choosing to contact us. It sounds like you are dealing with a lot of different issues right now. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to listen to your needs, help you create a plan of action for your next move that will keep you safe, as well as provide referrals to services in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat function through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Gracie

    I’m 14 & turning 15 in December and I want to leave next summer with my aunt in uncle in Tennessee cause my mom we don’t get along we argure all the time we cant even have a conversation without yelling at each other and my dad don’t care I never come out of my room I dont like being here with them iv got kick out twice and the first time I went with my brother and I bad to go home the next day my dad said it was a lesson that he kick me out and the second time I went with my grandma and they wanted me back home but those times I go kicked out I loved it cause I rather be somewhere else then home. And when I’m with my aunt and uncle I feel like their my my other mom and dad their always their for me and my mom she don’t care about no one besides my dad I always think she don’t love and care about me she’s always their for my dad tho not me a lot of people think their good people but at home their really not like when im with my aunt and cousin I’m a really fun,cool person but I can’t be the same person around my parents they get mad at me. My aunt wants me move in with her and I really want to she loves and cares about me like her own and I do too.my moms always cussing at me calling me names. I just need some advice of what do I have to do to move with my aunt and uncle

  • Gracie

    I’m 14 & turning 15 in December and I want to leave next summer with my aunt in uncle in Tennessee cause my mom we don’t get along we argure all the time we cant even have a conversation without yelling at each other and my dad don’t care I never come out of my room I dont like being here with them iv got kick out twice and the first time I went with my brother and I bad to go home the next day my dad said it was a lesson that he kick me out and the second time I went with my grandma and they wanted me back home but those times I go kicked out I loved it cause I rather be somewhere else then home. And when I’m with my aunt and uncle I feel like their my my other mom and dad their always their for me and my mom she don’t care about no one besides my dad I always think she don’t love and care about me she’s always their for my dad tho not me a lot of people think their good people but at home their really not like when im with my aunt and cousin I’m a really fun,cool person but I can’t be the same person around my parents they get mad at me. My aunt wants me move in with her and I really want to she loves and cares about me like her own and I do too.my moms always cussing at me calling me names. I just need some advice of what do I have to do to move with my aunt and uncle

  • Kat Kirishima

    I am 17, in 3 months I will be 18.someone is offering me to stay with them, but this offer won’t be thre forever (obviously) my dad is very abusive and my mom is unfit to take care of me. They’re divorced and have a joint custody but my dad doesn’t see me, talk to me or help me in anyway. I asked him for money for a pair of shorts once, and he won’t give me money but will spend $200 on my sister for summer clothes.

    Right now I live win my grandparents and aunt, my grandparents own a duplex and I’m living in the small part with my aunt sleeping on a couch. She has a bunch of drunk people, drug dealers and is yiff over all the time. I sit here and watch her do lines of stuff. I don’t get any sleep or privacy and there’s no space. My only meal/food is dinner.
    Before this I was practically starving and my mom wouldn’t come home for a month. We were living with her friends.

    These friends will help me get a job and feed me and let me stay in their house with my own room for free. They’ll help me get a job and get my GED and stuff at least.

    I know you’re gonna direct me to your website but I tried that once, I didn’t get any help just someone to say. “Oh, I’m sorry.” “That’s unfortunate.” etc. I need help and advice. I don’t know what to do an I don’t know where to go for help.

  • Hi, Gracie. Thank you for finding our blog and for choosing to contact us. It sounds like you have been dealing with a very serious and unstable situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available at any time to listen to you, help you create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as provide referrals to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat function through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Hi, Kat. What you described sounds really tough to deal with. We are sorry to hear that you are going through so much at this time. And we are also sorry if you have contacted us previously and not received the type of service that we usually give. That being said, we would encourage you to give us another chance to work with you to keep you safe and off the street, as well as work with you to make a plan for your next move. Please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send an email to info@1800RUNAWAY.org. Thanks again for your patience.

  • Gracie

    Can I ask you a question how can I move out without getting the cops involved what do I do

  • Maria

    I’m 17. Will be 18 in a month and a half. I live in New York State and I’ve graduated high school but I have no one helping me with college stuff. I want to go live with my boyfriend and his mom is completely okay with it. She said she will help me as much as she can because she completely understands my life at home. My uncle emotionally abuses me and never lets me leave the house because I always have to clean it while my mom, my uncle, and 3 brothers all sit around and do nothing but say I’m lazy and constantly tell me I don’t do anything for them. I can’t stay here another month and a half… Can the cops make me come back if I leave?

  • Nina M

    Hi I’m Nina I’m 16 I been going through a tough time my parents got a divorce in 2013 n I got kinda kicked out my moms cause I couldn’t handle my mom she drinks n smokes n was doing cocaine in front of my baby sister. But dyed her hair to hide it n it worked they didn’t find nothing. All me & my mom do is argue n she blames me bout the divorce n other stuff n says I don’t love or miss her if I don’t text it back n gets mad if I do say it back n says I’m just saying it to make her feel bette . Once she got so drunk she chocked me cause her ex stole money from her n she took it out on me. I could go on n on bout different stories. Like the time she took my phone n told me to run away. I couldn’t take it. I wasnt being treated like a human being. I still ain’t but I got used to it. This February I moved in w my dad n he’s homeless n currently w no job cause he’s on disability n having to stay with his friends at their house. It’s not to bad but I really wish we had our own space so I’m living at his friends w him n I come to sleep over my moms when I can. But its just not working I feel like I can’t tell them anything. I tell everything I mean everything to my best friend n my boyfriend they are the main ones that take care of me. My best friend, her boyfriend n my boyfriend want me to move in w them n it seems like a good idea. I was thinking of dropping out of school but then I think shit why would I do that if I promised myself my kids would have a better life. Like when I grow up I wanna tell my kids I graduated I don’t wanna give up like my mom. I don’t want to be an uneducated women. I’m only 16 I wanna move out of my dads friends n be in my own. They’ll all eventually have stable jobs. My best friend is 18 n her boyfriend is 19 they are adults old enough to take care of me. I just hate the situation I’m in plz get back w me I’m kinda scared to see what’s gonna happen. My boyfriend a high school dropout he getting a job to. I don’t want to make a mistake in my decisions to fuck my whole future up so I trust n come to u guys for advice plz help n get back w me thank you.

  • Miriam mejia

    Hi, I’m 16 I’m going to be 17 in 1 month, I’m living with my boyfriend in my mom’s house but no she want to move to Houston abd she want me to bteak up with my boyfriend he is 18 can I stay with him mmh and also I was pregnant but i had a miscarriage and I’m living in independence,Mo

  • Gracie, thank you for responding. However, to best answer your question, we suggest contacting our crisis services center at the information above.

  • Hi, Maria. Thank you for finding our blog and reading out to us. It sounds like you are in the middle of a difficult situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to listen to your story, help you to create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as provide referrals to services in your area that can help. We ask that you please call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Hi, Nina. Thanks for writing to us and sharing your story. It sounds like you have been through a lot, especially at a young age. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is able to answer your questions, and will work with you to develop a plan of action for your next move that will keep you safe and off the street. We will also provide referrals to services in your area that can help. To best answer your questions, we ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Hi, Miriam. Thank you for writing to us. This sounds like a complicated situation. In order to best answer your question, we could use more details. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. Please contact us as soon as possible.

  • Miriam mejia

    Hi again, I am Miriam so what can i do

  • Hi, Miriam. In order to best answer your questions, we ask that you contact our crisis services center at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. Thank you for checking in.

  • Jamon Fields

    Hi I’m 16. Next year I’ll be 17 and my parents are planning to move from Chicago to Arizona. But I don’t want to go because Chicago is home for me. I’m planning on running away next year,I just don’t know where to. Where should I go?

  • carlos sanchez

    Hi i was taken by DCS because my mom didnt want me back home because i was to much trouble in the past, i did a mistake and went to juveniel then got released to DCS… I chose to runaway from them & want to live in México but dont know if i can leave state? I am not a citizen and im 17 yrs old..

  • Hi, Carlos. Thank you for reaching out to us. It sounds like you are in a very difficult situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to listen to your needs, help you to create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the streets, as well as provide referrals to services in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat function on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Maryan

    Hi I’m Maryan I stay in Miami Florida I’m 17 years old I don’t turn 18 until January and I was wondering can I get in trouble or can my parents call the police if I run away more like leaving with out saying anything cause I can’t stay in the house no more and my dad doesn’t like how she be treating me and my sister we can’t move with him because he has no room I’m planning on leaving tomorrow night

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  • Brianna

    Hello I’m Brianna I’m from Virginia.
    Alright so long story short. My mom and I are NOT on good terms right now. She is very emotionally and mentally abusive. She refuses to give me the medicine I need (depression, anxiety, ADD). And here if you’re a minor you can’t be seen my a doctor unless your guardian is with you (what a nurse told me). I want to leave and live with my grandparents who live in Maryland and I’m just trying to figure out if there’s anything I can do to make that possible. I am 17years and 6months old. Also, my dad (who’s on drugs and lives in Georgia) is willing to take me but he has NO custody agreement at all. And I DO NOT want to be around him when he is doing the stuff he does. Please help.

  • Hi, Maryan. Thank you for reaching out to NRS and we appreciate your patience waiting for our response. It sounds like you are in the middle of a very difficult situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to listen to you, help you to create a plan that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as give you referrals to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope you choose to respond to us soon.

  • Hi, Brianna. Thank you for reading our blog and for choosing to reach out to us. The situation you described appears to be very complicated. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available at any time to listen to you, help you to create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the streets, as well as provide referrals to services in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Brianna

    The live chat will not work for some reason. I need to know what to do cause it’s to the point I’m gonna run away. I have screenshots of messages where she cusses at at me and tells me how big of a piece of shit I am. I actually have messages where she was telling her friend how big of a “Bitch” and piece of shit I am and that she wanted me gone and couldn’t wait till I was 18. My whole family has seen it. I called the police department and they said there’s nothing I can do unless it’s physical. So do I sit here and wait for it to get physical before they actually help me? I would like to live with my grandparents in Maryland. I just need to know what to do.

  • Hi, Brianna. We are very sorry to hear this. Our live chat is available after 3pm CST today. However, you can send that information and screenshots to info@1800runaway.org, or you can call us at any time at 1-800-RUNAWAY. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Brianna

    And how will y’all help me at all? And I just said your live chat will not work on my phone.

  • Brianna, if you are able, we suggest giving us a call and sharing your concerns with us. We can work with you on developing a plan for your next move, making sure that you are safe and helping you to avoid choosing to run away. You can also share your screenshots so we can better understand the situation: please send to info@1800runaway.org. If you have any other questions, please let us know.

  • Lucy

    Hi I’m Lucy and I’ll be 17 in September. My parents are emotionally abusive but cps refuses to get involved- I want to move in with my boyfriends family (who tried to help me, instead my parents got a lawyer to say they could be arrested if in contact with me) can I move out? Will they be able to get me back, or press charges? Thanks.

  • Hi, Lucy. Thank you for finding our blog and contacting us. It sounds like you are in a complicated situation. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to answer your questions, help you create a plan of action for your next move, as well as provide referrals to services in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat function through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Austin

    My names Austin I’ve messaged before. I’m thinking about writing a note and leaving tonight. I keep thinking about it and I don’t think any judges or lawyers will sign anything to let me leave. I don’t want to get anyone in trouble or go to jail myself but I can’t do this anymore and really think I’m just going to leave. I’m so depressed about this abd upset. I just want to leave.

  • Rechy

    Hi My name is Rechy and I’m only 16 years old. Theres a guy I love and his in california and I’m here in the philippines. He wants me to live with him in california. And I was also planning to move out here in my parents house. I want to live with him. Because here in my parents house, I cant be able to do things I want. Like for example I want to join a dane con but they dont allow me. And also I want to work but they dont allow me. What should I do? The guy wants to take me there to california but he said we still need to wait until I get 18 so that he can take me there. But thats a long time to wait. I wanna move out now.

  • Hi, Austin. Thank you for checking back in and thank you for your patience waiting for a response. Please consider before choosing to run away, speaking with us or send us an email. We are available to speak with you about your concerns and help you to find resources in your area that can help. Please call 1-800-RUNAWAY or send an email to info@1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Hi, Rechy. Thank you for finding our blog and choosing to contact us. The situation you are describing is complicated. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to listen to your concerns, and help you to determine the next step you can take that will keep you safe. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Sam

    My names Samantha(Sam), I’m 17. Can my mother force me to quit working and stay home? Can I move out at 17? I need to get out ASAP

  • Sam

    I live in Connecticut

  • Hi, Sam. Thank you for reading our blog and for commenting. It sounds like this is a complicated situation. In order to best answer your question, and help you to create a plan of action for your next move, we could use more background information. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. Thank you for your help.

  • Craig

    Ok so if someone wants to leave at 17 can they be adoptes by someone that isn’t family and lives in another state? I am very sure that you can’t but I need confirmation

  • Hi, Craig. Thanks for your question. In order to best answer it, we suggest contacting our crisis services center. They would be able to gather the proper information from you and have the resources on the laws and ordinances in each area. Please call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org.

  • L

    I’m 17 I’ll be 18 in 7 months. I have to leave my house. What happens if my parents call the cops. I live in New York. Please help

  • Hi, L. Thank you for finding us. It sounds like you may be dealing with a serious situation. We are here to listen and to help. In order to best help, we could use more information about your circumstances. We can then help you create a plan of action for your next move and refer to the best services available in your area. Please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send an email to 1800RUNAWAY.org.

  • Stephanie

    Hi, I’m 16, turning 17 in two weeks. There’s been a lot of problems going on in my home. My boyfriend is 18 turning 19 in November. And my mother found out I was having sexual intercourse with him and she kicked me out bc of that. And now I’m living with my Grandma but i was hoping to move in with my boyfriend and his family (whos very supportive). And my Grandma says she has no problem with it but it’s my mom I’m concerned with bc she don’t know my boyfriend and I are still together. So when I turn 17 and have a job. Can I move out? And I live in the Chicago suburbs of Illinois

  • Hi, Stephanie. Thank you for reading our blog and contacting us. It sounds like you and your family are in a complicated situation right now. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center can work with you to create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the streets, as well as provide you with referrals to services in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope you decide to contact us.

  • A.

    Hi, my name is A. Im 17 going on 18 in less then 4 mouths, i live in California. I been having problems at home, to the point im thinking about quitting high school. Is it any form of way i can leave on my own? I been looking for a job but its so hard for me to even do my homework/study at home cause of my grandmother making me do everything in the book. My house isnt big only 4 people can live here but that double in the pass year. I been kicked out more then 5 time. Im accused for having sexual activities with guys, being a prostitute, and ect. But none is true, i hang with my trusted friends and climbing mountain and hanging at the mall. I want to move and finish high school on my own, my mother wont help me, everyone turn their back on me and my grandmother traps me in my room .

  • Hi, A. Thank you for finding us and for reaching out. The situation you described sounds very complicated. We are here to listen and to help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • disqus_rQTPs8bOXU

    Hi, my name is B. Im 17, well I will be 18 in 7 months. I live In Arizona. I don’t get along with my parents and I would like to just move out. I just got a job. My mom found out I was having sexual intercourse with my 20 year old boyfriend and now won’t let me see him. I would like to move in with him or vice versa. I would basically like to be able to move out without all the court stuff and cops and things like that being involved. I will be 18 in April. I am getting so stressed out with everything. I kind of want to quit high school. My mother and my grandmother both have custody of me, I have tried living with both and I just can’t take it anymore. I want to be away from everybody now. I want to be independent. You know finishing school by myself, and working by myself, heck I still don’t have my license because my mom won’t let me get it. I want to leave and I have tried talking to both my grandmother and mother but they both said that I have to wait until I am 18, they just don’t understand. And emancipation will take way too long. By time that happens I would already be 18. Please help ASAP!

  • Hi, B. Thank you for finding our blog and contacting us. It sounds like you are dealing with a lot right now. We are here to listen and to help. Our crisis services center is available at any time to listen to your concerns, help you to create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as refer you to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat function through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Malik Buchanan

    Hey am 16 years of age going to be 17 and I am currently living with my father who is a alcoholic and he is a crackhead and I just recently moved to the USA but the immigration officers said that I could use my passport with my U.S. visa as my temporary green card so that basically means am a citizen but believe you me he has a wife who is controlling his life and everything he owns and she is treating me like crap and she has three kids along with me and my father and her and has us living in a two bedroom one bathroom and having me sleep in the floor and on the couch and she has all my paper works but she doesn’t want to give me my paper works i.e legal documents like my passport, my social security number my birth certificate and I don’t think living in this environment is the best for any kid and also she aaaand my dad doesn’t give me any money and doesn’t buy anything for me no clothes no accessories because she told me to leave them back home in Jamaica because when I come over there I will be getting a lot of clothes because she would be shopping for me and now I have to be wearing only two suits of clothes to go out and also another two suits to wear in the house and also I have to be recycling my three underwears and she doesnt allow any one to speak to me including my mother when she calls my stepmother doesn’t answer the phone and that goes for all my other relatives too because I don’t have a phone so whenever a relative calls to check up on me she hangs up the phone on them or doesn’t answer them and also she doesn’t want me to go anywhere I can’t leave the house and I am wondering if I can go to live with my grandma or grandpa or any of my aunt’s because they are the ones who help me financially sometimes especially my grandpa he is like my father because he ensures and am in great shape wether mentally emotionally or financially and he has a better living situation for me where I can live with him and go to school also cause she doesn’t want me to go to school and keeps telling person’s I don’t want to go to school and that I am bad and that I am a bitch also and I really would like to go to school and better my education and just to do something to get my current situation of my mind please someone help am living like a slave in hell please help me please am begging you guys.

  • Samantha Hope

    hey my name is samantha I can not deal with my mom at all and i do not have a dad i want to leave. Because she never listen to what i have to say everything that i am going through she say that i am lying about it

  • Hi, Malik. It sounds like you have gone through a lot. Thank you for sharing your story. We are here to listen and to help.

    Our crisis services center is available at any time to listen to you, help you to create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as refer to resources in your area that can help.

    We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat function through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Hi, Samantha. Thank you for reaching out and sharing your story.

    It sounds like you are going through a lot right now. We are here to help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to listen to you, help you to create a plan of action for your next move that will keep you safe, as well as provide referrals to services in your area that can help.

    We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope that you decide to contact us as soon as you are able.

  • Rachel

    Hey, I’m 17 and I’m really considering running away. My mother who has seven children allows a lot of people to live in our home, and leaves me and my sister to watch the kids by ourselves. I was forced to drop out of high school and cannot get my GED because I am a minor and without my mother’s help they will not allow me to. I cannot handle living under this roof anymore. I want to be a independent adult, but cannot because my mother prohibits me from learning to do anything.

  • Thalia

    Hey I’m 16 I’ll be 17 in 2 days and I’m teen parent me and my mom don’t live with each other at the moment I live with my grandma and I can’t stand it she won’t let me leave I have no privacy I just wanna leave but I don’t wanna wait a whole year I think I will be crazy by then

  • Hi, Rachel. Thank you for finding our blog and deciding to contact us. It sounds like your situation is very complicated. We are here to listen and to help.

    Our crisis services center is available at any time to listen to your concerns, help you to create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as give you referrals to services in your area that can help.

    We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat function on our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Hi, Thalia. Thank you for reaching out to us. It sounds like you are dealing with a lot right now. We are here to help. Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to listen to you, help you develop a plan that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as refer you to services in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Noemma

    Hi im 17 and i just had a baby i want to move out of my parents how they womt let the farther of the baby come and see the baby and im fed up with all tge rules they keep throwing our there just because they dont like the baby daddy they are tell me that i have to break up with him i want to leave tonight what should i do

  • Seth attaway

    Hi I’m seth I want to move out I’m 17 and these rules are killing me I don’t know what to do

  • Mimi

    Omg this is exactly what I im gong they but they are trying to send him to jail!!!! And I wanna leave asap. I told her I was and we got in fist fight , and now she isn’t feeding me. I need to know how to leave and never come back a thoug police getting involved.

  • Maya

    Hi I’m maya and im 17 years old and will be 18 in 5 months. I have a 1 month old child. I live with my mom who doesn’t make enough money to pay rent and the furniture store Aaron’s, has been harassing us and knocking on door because she hasn’t paid for my bed for the past 3 months. She been telling me to ignore them, but at a certain point it was getting to be too much. Now I’ve been sleeping on the floor. She doesn’t ever get groceries, and Ive been telling her I’m hungry there is no food but she just ignores me. Yesterday we got in fist fight because I told her I was leaving from here. I asked my grandma if I could get emancipated but they are both tripping and agreeing with each other. I heard at the age of 17 in Texas is basically looked at as 18 here. I do not want to go with my dad, aunts, grandma, nobody. I want to live with my baby’s father. I want to know if there is ANY way I can leave without them putting a runaway case on me? SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME.

  • Hi, Noemma. Thank you for finding our blog and choosing to contact us. It sounds like you are going though a lot right now. We are here to listen and to help.

    Our crisis services center is available at any time to listen to your concerns, help you to create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as connect you to resources in your area that can help.

    For this service, we ask that you call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat function through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Mimi, we are sorry to hear that you are going through such a difficult time right now. Please call at 1-800-RUNAWAY. We hope to be able to help you, similarly to Noemma. You can also email us at 1800RUNAWAY.org.

  • Hi, Seth. Thanks for reaching out to us. We are sorry to hear that you are going through a tough time right now. We are here to help.

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    We hope that you choose to contact us.

  • Hi, Maya. Thank you for finding us and reading our blog. It sounds like you are going through a lot with your family. We are here to listen and to help.

    Our crisis services center is available at any time to listen to you, help you create a plan of action that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as provide referrals to services in your area that can help.

    We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email or use our live chat through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Ed

    Hi my gf is 16 and im 22 going on 23 and i understand im a little older than her but i have the best intentions for her my gf is being abused by her foster parents and i wanted to know legally is there a way for her to move in with me before shes 18 because ill support her financially so she can focus on school but im not sure if that covers being financially stable in emancipation

  • Hi, Ed. Thank you for finding us and submitting your question. This is a complicated issue, and we could use more information on your girlfriend’s situation.

    Our crisis services center is available 24 hours a day to listen to your concerns and assist you with a plan of action for your next move. We can also connect you to services in your area that can help.

    We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or use our live chat function or send us an email through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • April

    Hi. I’m 17 and went to a boarding school last year. I graduated and am pursuing my nursing career. I really want to do things with people, but my parents are refusing. I am going to be 18 in 11 months. Is there any way I can move out before that?? It is just really tough at home- my parents and I have never really gotten along. I went with this guy that I have not seen since I left and now they are just really pulling back. Please let me know soon!

  • Hi, April. Thank you for submitting your question. It sounds like you are dealing with several different issues. We are here to help.

    Our crisis services center is available 24-7 to listen to you, help you to create a plan of action for your next move that will keep you safe and off the street, as well as direct you to resources in your area that can help. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY to access this service.

    You can also use our live chat function or send us an email through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

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