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If these young people feel unable to remain an integral part of their family structure and demonstrate such discontent through antagonistic or unhappy behaviour, it may well be best for all concerned that the youth be allowed to leave.

If at all possible, parents/guardians should strive to keep the communication channels with their child open and supportive as far as they can. Again, they have a responsibility to ensure that their child is safe and has access to the basic needs of life – food, shelter and clothing. The more they can support their child, the greater and easier the chances of a successful outcome for all involved.

But no matter how hurt, betrayed or upset the parent(s) may feel, they need to accept the fact that as of the age of 16, their child has a right to determine their own course of living, and residing away from their home may be one way through which to act upon this desire.

Sometimes, love can be tough for the adult as well.


Charter Legal Services for Children and Youth (California)

Empire State Coalition (New York)

Epstein, Robert 2007 The case Against Adolescence -  Rediscovering the Adult in Every Teen

Human Resources and Social Development Canada Family Life – Young Adults Living with their Parents

Legal Assistance Resource Center of CT 2008

National Youth Agency (UK)

Shelter (England)

Victoria Legal Aid

YouthLaw Tino Rangatiratanga Taitamariki (New Zealand)

Youth Rights Network (New Mexico)

Youth Rights Network (Texas)