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  • I am 14 gonna turn 15 in 3 months and i wanna run away because i am always scared of what is going to happen and i don't feel safe

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      Hello There,
      Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline, we know it takes courage to reach out and we are glad that you took the first steps into reaching out. We are sorry that you are going through a tough time right now. Ideally home is where you feel safe, and that does not seem to be the case in your situation. Just so you are fully aware in most states the legal age for one to leave home without permission is 18. Because you are 14, you could be considered as a runaway. We are not legal experts but if the police where to find you they most likely would bring you back home. If you do decide to leave home it may be a good idea to consider safe places to stay, what you will do about food, and how you will survive. If you would like to call us you can and we can help you look for shelters or safe places. If you would like to ask more questions or discuss in further detail about your situation please give us a call, we are available 24/7. We wish you the best of luck in your situation. Stay strong!
      NRS

  • Hi I have been taken from my home and placed with my aunt until I turn 18. I'm on county probation in TN at the moment until January, and I turn 18 in March. I hate it at my aunt's house and I was curious what the consequences would be if I was to run away in January until I turned 18. Would the charges be dropped when I turned 18? And what would happen if I was caught before I turned 18?

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      Hi,
      Thanks for writing in and asking such great questions. It sounds like you’re in a pretty frustrating situation. We aren’t legal experts here, so we can only give some general information. Your best resource in this case may be your case worker if you have one or your probation officer. In Tennessee, the age of majority is 18, so if you chose to run away before then your aunt would have the right to file a runaway report. While running away usually doesn’t have legal consequences, there is a possibility that you can face more severe consequences because you are on probation. Once you turn 18, our understanding is that your juvenile records will be sealed; however, we’re uncertain of the details because of your probation status.
      Thanks,
      NRS

  • my friend is 15 and looking to runaway from home. shes one month away from being 16. what would happen to me if i help her go off the grid. what would happen to her if she shows back up when shes 18. will she go to jail. will i get in trouble.

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      Hi, it looks like you've reached out to us through one of our other platforms (email, chat, phone, etc). We hope that was helpful, but if you have further questions please feel free to reach out by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or use our chat feature.

      --NRS

  • If i ran away and I turn 18 in exactly 11 days would I get into a lot of trouble?

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    • ccsmod2
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      Hello There,
      Thank you so much for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to listen and we are here to help. We are not legal experts but in most states the legal age to leave home is 18 years old. If you were to leave home before 18 you could be considered as a runaway. Because you are so close to being 18 the police might not take the runaway report. You could consider waiting until you turn 18 to leave home. If that is not an option you may want to consider where you will go, what you will do about safety, and what you will do about food and water. If you would like to ask more questions or would like to discuss your situation more, please give us a call we are here 24/7. We wish you the best of luck!
      NRS

  • Hello, I'm 17 but turn 18 December 14 and Today's the 12th of December. I'm honestly done with my parents as they both verbally abuse me and constantly belittle me and accuse me of lying in front of everyone. My parents and I just got into a horrible fight and I feel suicidal. I need to get out of this environment but have no one to help me. Would it be bad if i left the house for about 2 days?

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      Hello There,
      Thank you so much for contacting The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. It sounds like you are going through a really difficult time right now. Any type of abuse is unacceptable and you do not deserve to be treated that way. If you wish to report the abuse you can call The Child Help Hotline at 1800-422-4453. You mentioned feeling suicidal, we just want you to know that your life is valuable. If you are feeling suicidal you can call us at any time, or you may call 1800-273-8255. You mentioned wanting to get out, have you considered asking friends or family members for help? We are not legal experts but in most states the legal age to leave home is 18 years old. If you were to leave home before turning 18 you could be considered as a runaway. Because you are close to being 18 it is unlikely the police would take a runaway report on you. Running away is not a criminal offense it is a status offense. What that means is if you ran away and the police found you they most likely would bring you back home. We hope this information will be helpful in your situation. We wish you the best of luck, if you have any other questions or would like to talk more please give us a call we are available 24/7. Stay strong!
      NRS

  • I’m 16 I turn 18 may 21 in 2 years. I do have a place I can stay at until I’m 18, but what will happen if I were to run away now and come back when I’m 18. How much trouble will I be in, will I get charged with anything when I come back

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      Hello there, thanks for reaching out today.

      We are not legal experts and laws vary by states by we can answer your question generally. Running away is usually considered a status offense rather than being illegal. Meaning it is something you cannot do due to being a minor. So if you ran away and then came back as an adult, there would generally not be legal repercussions because an adult cannot be charged with a status offense. If your guardians list you as a runaway and you are found before you turn 18, it's possible you could returned home by police.

      If you would like to talk through your situation or need any support please do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat us. We are always here for you.

      Best,

      NRS

  • Im 17 turning 18 in six months my parents are verbally
    abusve and sometimes physically. They havent
    bought food to eat in a couple months and I can only afford ramen lol. I have a brother whos 15 and a sister whos 26 she t lived with us since she was 17 and is considering calling CPS so we can live with her. What kind of evidence do we need to prove that they neglect us because they are really good at being fake around other people, and I feel like cps wouldn't believe us and it would mame the while situation worse. I was also wondering if I runaway will this help prove neglect and abuse by my parents and help my brother get out?

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      Hello,
      Thanks for reaching out to us during this difficult time. It sounds like you are facing both abuse and neglect in the home. Sometimes it can be helpful to document both instance, such as taking photos of any bruises from the physical abuse, or timestamped photos of the empty refrigerator and pantry over a number of days. If you have not been to a dentist or a doctor in a long time, that would be sometime else to add to the report to CPS. You can always contact Child Help at 1-800-422-4453 and ask them about the process for reporting the neglect in the home.
      Although we are not legal experts, technically it’s not against the law for you to run away from home. In most place it’s considered a ‘status offence’. However, anyone you would be caught staying with could possible charged with ‘harboring a runaway’. Is your sister willing to take this risk for you? Here at the National Runaway Safeline, we cannot tell you what you should or shouldn’t do. We can however help you make an abuse report if that is what you would like to do moving forward. We wish you the best of luck and please stay safe.

  • My Boyfriend is litterally 2 weeks from being 18 and from florida. He got picked up by alabama police which there legal age is 19 not 18. His grandma had guardianship of him and wont go pick him up and not telling anyone anything. My question is can alabama keep him in juvenile till hes 19?? Or will he be released at 18 which is Florida age?

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      Hey there,

      Thank so much for reaching out to us. It must frustrating to be kept in the dark about your boyfriend’s situation. It sounds like you care a lot about your boyfriend and it’s great that you’re looking for resources to help him; we’re here to support you in any way that we can.

      Generally speaking, states tend to follow the precedent that was set forward by the state that the runaway is from. So, in this case, the authorities in Alabama may abide by Florida’s age of adulthood. We’re not legal experts here at NRS, so unfortunately, we cannot tell you what will happen. Calling into the police where your boyfriend was picked up and where you live may be your best bet to get answers for some of the questions that you may have. Another resource that may help is LawHelp.org which can help provide referrals to local legal aid agencies; you can access their website at www.lawhelp.org.

      We understand that this can be a lot to handle on your own. Your boyfriend may qualify for our Home Free program which helps reunite runaways with their legal guardian. If you want to talk about this in depth or get help finding some local resources, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat in with us by going to our website at www.1800runaway.org and clicking on the “CHAT” button at the top of the page. We’re here to listen and help and you can contact us 24/7.

      -NRS

  • I am 17 turning 18 in September and I have a few concerns that I may be pregnant and I don't know what my parents would do if I'm pregnant and on the note that I may be pregnant the father lives in Oregon if I leave to go be with the father could I get in trouble or be forced to go home

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      Hello,
      Thank you for writing to us here at the National Runaway Safeline.

      We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing some of what’s going on. 18 years old is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian. We are not legal experts here but we can speak in general terms. If you are under 18 and leave home without permission, your parent/guardian may file a runaway report with the police. If it turns out that you are pregnant one option you might consider looking into is emancipation. In some states there are emancipation laws that can be one way of trying to gain your independence. Again we are not legal experts, but we can help you get a general sense of how emancipation works. Our general understanding is some states offer formal emancipation statutes while others do not unfortunately. Laws vary depending on your situation or location, but in many states a minor can petition the court for emancipation to take responsibility for their own care before they turn 18.

      Generally speaking, courts are wary about granting emancipation. In most cases, you would have to prove in court that you have an income and can care for yourself financially, and that you are able to live separately from your parents. It also helps to be in good standing at school. Usually your legal guardian would have to agree to this in court. It’s best to check your local court house to gain more information on this process.
      Also you might check with your local police department to inquire about the runaway laws in your state or if someone that moves out of their parent or guardian’s home would without permission would be considered a runaway and forced to return home.
      If you would like to talk more about your situation we are here to listen and here to help.
      To speak with someone on our crisis or chat line contact 1-800-Runaway (786-2929) or www.1800runaway.org

      We look forward to hearing from you.

      Take care,
      NRS

      We hope this response was helpful! We’d love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis email/forum. Your feedback plays an important role in helping us improve our services to youth and families. Please click the link to fill out our survey: Your Opinion Matters to Us
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      • Hey i have a question. What if you run away under 18 years old, i know if you get caught or found, you go to juvinile. But what if you stay "hidden" til you turn 18. then you get active in like social media and like public places, can they arrest you?

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          Hey i have a question. What if you run away under 18 years old, i know if you get caught or found, you go to juvinile. But what if you stay "hidden" til you turn 18. then you get active in like social media and like public places, can they arrest you?
          Hi, thank you for reaching out. We aren’t legal experts, but generally speaking running away is not considered a crime and not something you should go to juvenile for (though that varies by state). Once you turn 18, you are considered a legal adult and can go where you like without hiding. Hopefully this was helpful, but please feel free to reach out to us at 1-800-786-2929 if you need resources or just someone to brainstorm your options with. Good luck and stay safe!
          --NRS
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