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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.

    We are not legal experts but because you are 15 and a minor your legal guardian can file a runaway report. If the police were to find you they most likely would bring you back home. Also keep in mind that some states the age of consent is 16 or older so your boyfriend could possibly get in trouble. To find out the best answer you could call your local police department and ask.

    Your safety is the top concern please call us to discuss more about your situation and have a safety plan. We are here 24/7 to listen and to provide support.
    NRS

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    what happens if ur 15 and ur boyfiend 21 and u run alway with him??????

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  • ccsmod15
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    Thanks for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. We are sorry to hear about your situation, and hope we can help.
    If your son is a minor, you are able to report him as a runaway by calling your local nonemergency police line. If you need help finding this number, you can reach out to us at any time to provide your location information at 1-800-RUNAWAY. You might also consider calling the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) at 1-800-843-5678. This is a hotline staffed by people that can connect you with resources in your area, advocate on behalf of you with law enforcement, and investigate the situation with you further to understand your son’s whereabouts.
    You might check your son’s social media accounts, bank statements, and phone records, or brainstorm people he knows and places he goes.
    We hope this information is helpful to you. We know this is a scary moment. Help is out there. If you need any further information, we encourage you to call us at any time: We are always here for you. We can also transfer you directly to NCMEC.
    Good luck; stay safe and strong.
    Sincerely,
    NRS

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    i am a stepdad of mentaly ill son that ran away from home. hetakes medication that we just found in his room that he has not had in a few days what rights do i have as parents. we live in illiniois if that matters

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  • ccsmod0
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    Since you are 18 you are more than likely considered a legal adult which means that you can move out if you want to and you won’t be considered a runaway. As a legal adult, you have a right to make your own decisions about where you live.  We can help you make a plan for how to deal with your situation and help you find resources to land on your feet. Having a plan for where you will live and how you will survive once you move out can be very helpful. Moving can be a huge step, and you don’t have to be alone. Some steps you can take towards independence might be to find employment if you don’t have an income, or to save up money for moving expenses. It can also be helpful to research rents in your area, find a roommate, or make a budget. Another thing you might want to consider is what kinds of things you depend on your parents for currently such as tuition expenses for school, or health insurance, and whether they would continue to provide those things after you leave. There may be social service agencies in your area that can help meet some of these needs, such as Transitional Living Programs, a kind of shelter where young adults can live and get services to help them transition to independent living. We are here to listen and help however we can.

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    I’m 18 but want to run away but I have no where to go. What should I bring with my to run away?

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for taking the time to contact us here at NRS and we appreciate you sharing your situation with us. Leaving can be a big step to take at any age and it sounds like you have already done some research to find supportive resources. The pandemic has been making it much more difficult for many of the young people who reach out to us to become financially independent.

    Calling the resource you found is a great first step to take. You can see if you are eligible for their program and how they will be able to support you. If you call the our hotline or use our live chat service we can look to see if there are additional resources in your area. Having a plan for where you will live and how you will survive once you move out can be very helpful. Moving can be a huge step, and you don’t have to be alone. Some steps you can take towards independence might be to find employment if you don’t have an income, or to save up money for moving expenses. It can also be helpful to research rents in your area, find a roommate, or make a budget. Another thing you might want to consider is what kinds of things you depend on your parents for currently such as tuition expenses for school, or health insurance, and whether they would continue to provide those things after you leave.

    We are here to listen and help as much as possible. Please do not hesitate to reach out by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or through live chat at 1800runaway.org if you would like to talk more about your plan or need additional resources.

    Be safe and good luck!
    NRS

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    I’m 21, and turning 22 in March. I live in Maine, I’m in an emotionally abusive house & need to find a way out, I looked up some transitional independent living programs but they have a 21 age limit, I know it’s legal, but I’ve never left home before, especially when there’s a pandemic abrupt. I plan on calling New Beginnings in Lewiston Monday and seeing what they say, can you give me some tips on how to make this work? I want a small apartment, alone & with good support, but I don’t have any money & I don’t know how to drive.****** If you could point me in the right direction, it would be highly appreciated, thank you..
    Last edited by ccsmod13; 12-13-2020, 12:23 AM. Reason: Edited out email address.

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hey there,

    Thanks for reaching out to us. We are very sorry to hear that your parents are shaming you like that. You don't deserve to be put down for what you are dealing with, some of which may be outside your control.

    It sounds like you want to leave home because of all that's going on there. Fortunately, at age 21, you would not be considered a runaway if you left home. However, we also understand that starting out on your own away from parents can still be a daunting task that may require some planning on your part. You don't have to face this alone, however. We are here to help, as well as other agencies that might be able to assist. Sometimes schools, libraries, and local housing assistance programs may be able to offer some help in getting started. Of course, if you need to find shelter, we can also assist with that. Sometimes there are also longer-term, transitional living programs for young adults around your age we could refer you to. We also have other resources that you may find helpful: counselors, legal aid, and the like.

    The best way for us to assist would be for you to give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat with us via the chat feature on our website: www.1800runaway.org. Even if you just want to talk about what you are dealing with, we are here for you.

    Stay safe and good luck!

    NRS
    Last edited by ccsmod15; 11-02-2020, 08:30 PM.

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    I’m 21 and a type 1 diabetic. My parents constantly shame me on my eating habits and I want to run. It doesn’t feel like they love me as much as my brother

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out to us here at NRS. While we are not legal experts, we can speak generally on this. Once you turn 18, you will be considered a legal adult with the legal freedom to choose where you live. This means that your parents can force you back home and you would not be committing a crime by leaving home.

    It does sound like there is a lot of tension with your father right now. It might be helpful to have a solid plan in place in the event you are not able to return home after leaving for the trip. We are happy to look for shelter and housing resources in your area if you need them.

    We hope this information helps. Please do not hesitate to reach out again if you need any help along the way or more questions come up. We are available 24/7 for immediate support by phone at 1-800-786-2929 and through live chat at 1800runaway.org.

    Stay safe ,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    I am turning 18 in a week, my family is toxic and we have had issues in the past that led me into foster care. I have a trip planned for the week of my birthday with my boyfriend and some friends, If the morning of my birthday I leave and go on my trip will I be charged with anything or be forced to return home? and if things go terribly c=and I end up having to stay with my friends, can my father harass their family in any way even if im 18 considered an adult in Pennsylvania? I would hate for his toxicity to branch off into my friendships.

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hi there,
    Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. It seems there is a lot that you are faced with right now and you’re feeling like leaving is one of your only options. It seems you want to know some information on runaway laws.
    While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent permission. If you are under 18 and leave home, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. Once you are 18 you are more than likely considered a legal adult which means that you can move out if you want to and you won’t be considered a runaway. Since you are planning to leave within 48 hours of your birthday technically your parents could still report you as a runaway, however police are unlikely to enforce or respond since you could just leave in two days anyway. As a legal adult, you have a right to make your own decisions about where you live.
    For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions.
    We are here as support to help through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email to assist you. If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon.
    Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).
    If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.
    Be safe,
    NRS

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    planning to run away two days before my 18th birthday and have a job and apartment waiting for me. if i was to leave be 48 hours before my 18th birthday can my parents legally try and force me to come back home?

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  • ccsmod3
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    Thank you for reaching out to us. It sounds like you are having a tough time at home. When you are 18, you are considered a legal adult, you have a right to make your own decisions about where you live. We can help you make a plan for how to deal with your situation and help you find resources to land on your feet. Having a plan for where you will live and how you will survive once you move out can be very helpful. Moving can be a huge step, and you don’t have to be alone. Some steps you can take towards independence might be to find employment if you don’t have an income, or to save up money for moving expenses. It can also be helpful to research rents in your area, find a roommate, or make a budget. Another thing you might want to consider is what kinds of things you depend on your parents for currently such as tuition expenses for school, or health insurance, and whether they would continue to provide those things after you leave. There may be social service agencies in your area that can help meet some of these needs, such as Transitional Living Programs, a kind of shelter where young adults can live and get services to help them transition to independent living. We are here to listen and help however we can. Best of luck!
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