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Hi Alex, I’d like to get emancipated. I’m nearly 17 but I cannot find info on what to do. I want to move out because home life is stressful. My mom takes out her anger on me after my stepdad got sent to prison. She shouts at me, degrades me and threatens me. I am the only child doing chores meanwhile my brother (15) is coddled and she would not let even a slightly negative comment get near him. I’m stressed out and all I do is lash out on my boyfriend and it makes me guilty. I can’t find peace anywhere and the only solutions I see is to either end my life (which I don’t particularly want to) or to move out. I mainly want to know 2 things: 1) Will I get some sort of housing? Or will I have to find it myself? 2) Will I receive some sort of dole/weekly pay? Or will I have to find a job? 


Hello, welcome to Ask Alex, 

It sounds you’re having a difficult time at home and that there’s a lot going on for you which is why  you’re thinking about emancipation. It’s understandable that you would want to leave a bad situation. We would be concerned that one of your options is to end your life and it’s important you know you have the right to safety and happiness. You have been brave in sharing what has been happening to you with us.

Emancipation is a legal process that allows minors to gain independence from their parents or guardians.  
Before considering emancipation, it might be a good idea to talk to a trusted adult, such as a teacher, counsellor, or relative, about your situation. They can help you explore your options and connect you with the appropriate resources.

Leaving home at a young age can be very challenging, and it’s essential to have a support network in place to ensure your safety and well-being. However, there are support services available to help you through difficult situations. 

You ask about housing and job opportunities. Túsla, The Child and Family Agency in Ireland, are responsible for making sure every young person in Ireland has a safe place to live. You can find out more about what they can do for you here

This is another organisation which can provide you with free legal advice 
Remember, you don’t have to face this difficult decision alone. Childline is here for you. You are very welcome to chat with the Childline Team by phone on 1800 66 66 66 or through our Live Chat on Childline services are free and confidential, and are available 24 hours, 7 days a week.    

Thank you for reaching out to us. We hope you get the support you need.

Take care of yourself,  and know that you are never alone, Childline is always here for you, any time for any reason.


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