Anyone can call the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), also known as CPS, and make a report, including minors. If a minor calls DFPS to report abuse or neglect, no one will know that it was the minor who called, not even the minors parents. Reports to DFPS are confidential, meaning they are secret.
Can I leave home at 17 without my parents consent in Texas?
At what age can teens legally leave home in Texas? In Texas, parents are legally responsible for their children up until age 18. Also, youth under the age of 16 can legally leave home if they become an emancipated minor, meaning their parents no longer have the legal responsibility to take care of them.
Can you be a runaway at 17 in Texas?
In Texas, parents and guardians are legally responsible for their children until age 18 – unless emancipation has been granted. If a parent reports their 17-year-old child as a runaway and the teen is subsequently identified by a peace officer, law enforcement can return them home until age 18.
What are my rights as a 16 year old in Texas?
Minors who are 16 years old or older can consent to their own medical, dental, psychological, and/or surgical treatment if they are living apart from their parents or legal guardians and are managing their own financial affairs.
Can I live with my grandma at 17?
Assuming that your mother is unwilling to let you go, your grandparents would need to file for guardianship for you in either Probate or Juvenile Court. Since youre 17, you would need to consent to their petition in writing.
Can I live with a friend at 17?
Technically, yes. If your parents directed you to live there, or if the family members are your legal guardians, that is where you are supposed to be. At 17 you do not have the legal right to choose to live elsewhere.
What should a 17 year old be able to do?
By age 17, most teens have good organizational skills. As a result, theyre able to successfully juggle extracurricular activities, part-time jobs, and school work. But even though many 17-year-olds think theyre adults, their brains still arent yet fully developed.