Is my mum allowed to make me leave home at 15
Can my mum kick me out of my house at 15
Hi there and welcome to Ask Alex.
Thanks for reaching out. It seems you are dealing with a lot and are concerned that you may be kicked out of your home. You did the right thing in reaching out and seeking support. It’s not always an easy thing to do.
By law, you are still recognised by society as a child, being under 18. Legally, your parents cannot kick you out of your house before you reach the age of 18. This would be considered child abandonment. If you leave home before turning 18 without your parents’ consent and find yourself homeless or at risk, Túsla may be asked to step in and get involved. Under the Child Care Act of 1991, there is a duty to provide care and protection to those under 18.
You have a right to live with your family if this is the best thing for you. Your guardian is the person who has ‘guardian rights’ or legal responsibility for you. If you have no parent or guardian or if your parent/guardian cannot fulfill their role and provide adequate care for you, then another adult in your life who has looked after you for a period of more than 12 months can apply to become your legal guardian.
We are wondering if you have talked to someone you trust to let them know how you feel about the situation and if there is a chance of discussing the best course of action for you. You have a right to be safe and free from harm in any given situation, especially in your home life.
If you wouldn’t be able to talk to anyone else for support just now, you can always give Childline a call. It is a listening service that runs every day, all day, no exceptions. We can be reached through the free phone number 1800 66 66 66. If you prefer to text, you can use the Live Chat on the website www.childline.ie.
We hope this information helps and we hope you find some peace with this situation, and it gets sorted quickly and easily for you. If you need anything at all, don’t hesitate to reach back out to us – we are always here.
Take care of yourself,
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