I need to know the runaway laws in Alabama for a 17 year old if I was to go to Oregon, I have everything planned and a safe way to get there and a safe place to stay once I get there I just need to know if it is legal and if I can be forced to come home, I will be 17 1/2 when I leave, I just need to know if I can be forced to come back to Alabama, I am in a very bad home situation and I have to get out of it.
If you are in danger of physical harm, sexual abuse, or even verbal / emotional abuse, you need to call the police or DHR to make a report. They will help you get out of the situation the proper way.
If you just disagree with your parents' rules...what took you so long? You're 17. You're a little behind the traditional timeline.
Alabama says you are an adult at 19. Almost all other states say you are an adult at 18. Even if you go to antoher state, you will still be a minor and your parents can make you return. If an adult is allowing you to live with them, they could face kidnapping charges, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, etc. It just depends on how hard your parents want to push.
I would strongly recommend that you talk to your parents. Go see a counselor at school. Perhaps a third party sitting down with all of you could help. You have another 18 months or so before you are an adult. Make a plan for getting out on your own and start to execute it. Your need to spread your wings is normal. Just do it in a smart way.
Honestly, adults don't run away. They fix things where they are.
Best of luck to you. I know it's tough, but pretty much everyone gets through it.
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