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Moving out at 14? - August 28th 2015, 02:36 AM

I'm 14 will be 15 next week. My mom just had a DHS case close on her for beating my sister up. I was in Kansas when all of this happened. I feel safer there, but the social worker said no. Is there anyway I can move in with my aunt? She already said she would buy my ticket to go back
   
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Re: Moving out at 14? - August 28th 2015, 02:51 AM

If she's willing I don't see why not, but if it would be long term (You'd be enrolled in school etc.) you'd probably have to go through court to get custody changed or for your aunt to get guardianship since it sounds like she's in another state. If you are being removed from your home, or it's proven to be an unsafe environment, then they might consider awarding your aunt custody or guardianship. Otherwise your mom would have to agree to it. At 15 you'll definitely get to have an opinion, but as a minor you need permission.


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Re: Moving out at 14? - August 28th 2015, 04:44 PM

I agree with Katie. You should let your social worker know that you feel unsafe with your mom and why, and then also speak with your aunt about the possibility of living with her so that arrangements can be made. As you are under the age of consent, there will likely have to be some sort of court process to make sure it's all "legal" so your mom can't try to make you come back (since you are 14, she could legally call the police and say you're a runaway, or missing, which could create legal problems for you AND your aunt).




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Re: Moving out at 14? - August 28th 2015, 06:20 PM

You can live with your aunt, but to go to school you will need your mother to sign over temporary custody. She can call the local school district and see what paperwork she needs to fill out for you to be able to enroll.

If the social worker said you are not allowed to live with your mother than she should be the one to help get you situated into a new place of residency, especially if you have family that can take you in. Have you talked to your social worker about the next step?




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