If you are under 18 (and have not been adjudged to be an Emancipated Minor by a court) you have no right to leave home against your parents wishes. If your friends are helping you as a runaway, they can get into trouble too. If your parents file a Runaway Report or a Missing Person Report, the police will bring you back home if they find you, and again, anyone helping you can get into trouble. If you continue to runaway, the court can become involved and order you to stay in foster care or a juvenile home depending on the circumstances and how much trouble you are causing. You can petition the court to become and Emancipated Minor which would pretty much mean you would be treated as an adult, however, it is not simple. You would need to demonstrate to the court's satisfaction that you are able to take care of yourself, provide for yourself (job, school, shelter, etc.). But the simple answer for you today is you have to go back home. Good Luck!
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Unless the 16 ( or 17 ) year old is an emancipated minor, his or her parents may report the minor as a runaway. The police will then find the minor and bring them home. Anyone who tries to keep the minor from their parents can be charged with a misdemeanor known as contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
If the minor wants to leave home they better have their parents consent.