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  • i am 17 and i turn 18 in 4 months what happens if i runaway ?

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    • ccsmod2
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      Hello There,

      Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. Running away is a big decision and we are glad that you decided to reach out to us.
      We are not legal experts but we do have some information on the laws. If you were to runaway at 17, because you would still be considered a minor it is a possibility that you could be brought back home. In some cases, the police may not take a runaway report when you are so close to being 18, but it is best to ask your local police department.
      If you would like to talk further about your situation we are available to you 24/7. You can reach us by phone or email or by chat. We wish you the best of luck!
      NRS

  • I turn 18 on Monday would I get in trouble for leaving sunday

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    • ccsmod3
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      Hey there. Thanks for reaching out to us here at NRS. We know that it can take a lot of courage to reach out for support, and we're glad you took that step. Unfortunately what you're asking is pretty circumstantial, so we really can't say whether or not you can leave Sunday without any issue. It might be a good idea to leave a note for your guardians, just letting them know that you're okay and will be somewhere safe. That way, they're less likely to file a runaway or missing persons report. If you're really hoping to have a clear answer with this, you can also try reaching out to the non-emergency phone number for the police to see if someone is able/willing to answer this question for you.

      If you'd like to chat in more detail about what's going on, please feel free to reach out to us directly by calling 1-800-RUNAWAY or by chatting with us live at www.1800runaway.org. We're available 24/7 and are always happy to listen, and to help.

      Take care.

      NRS

  • just turning 7teen and running away.


    so ill be 7teen in two months. i am being neglected in the house that i currently live in, meaning that i have arguments with my parent which sometimes get physical, the wifi gets turned off and im not able to do any of my school work, she doesnt put food in the fridge when she gets mad, i cant leave the house, cant work nothing. she tried to send me away a couple of times also. basically im just here until im 18. a whole nother year which i can no longer take. ive contacted people to let them know whats going on far as school and child service. and investigation is going on but i feel like nothing is being done. if i were to run away in the state if south carolina, and come back when i turn 18 would i be charged with anything? would i get in trouble? would i be able to move in with my life without being questioned? what would happen? ive ran away before because of the same thing later in the year last year. would i get charged or have to go to court for it?

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      Hey there. Thanks for contacting us here at NRS. We know that it can take a lot of courage to reach out for support, and we're glad you took that step.

      We're sorry to hear that things at home are so tough for you right now, though commend you for speaking up about the situation that you're in. While the CPS investigation process can be timely and therefore somewhat frustrating, it's great that they're investigating and trying to figure out the best ways that they can support you. If you have any questions along the way, it might help for you to reach out to your caseworker to see if they can get some of those answered for you. Having an understanding of their process and why they do what they do might ease some of the thoughts that you're having around nothing being done. You can also reach out to the Childhelp National Abuse Hotline with any additional questions around the investigation process or child abuse in general. Their contact is
      1-800-422-4453 (call/text), and you can also chat with them live at www.childhelp.org.

      As far as running away--in S. Carolina, it is considered a status offense. This means that you *could* be picked up by the police and taken into custody, and it's possible that you'd be ordered to participate in the Youth Mentor Program or committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice for up to 90 days. It's also possible that you'd be ordered to undergo treatment, subjected to a period of probation, or be placed in the custody of a public or private childcare agency. The more status offenses you have, the more likely you are to have to future involvement with the juvenile justice system. Here's a link to learn more about the codes that outline the above: https://law.justia.com/codes/south-c...on-63-19-1410/ In terms of what might happen if you come back once you're 18, that's a question better suited for a legal professional.

      If you'd like to chat in more detail, please feel free to reach out to us directly by calling 1-800-RUNAWAY or by chatting with us live at www.1800runaway.org. We're available 24/7 and are always happy to listen, and to help.

      Take care.

      NRS
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