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  • ccsmod16
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    Hi, thanks for reaching out. It's understandable that it would feel like running away to decide to leave home for the first time, but legally at 30 you are a full adult and are allowed to leave at any time.
    To prepare to do so, you would want a job to pay your rent and utilities and other living expenses. You can also check with friends to try to find a roommate to share those expenses. If it is not safe for you to leave, you are free to call your local police to escort you out of the house. We hope this information helps you begin the research for you to move out.
    If you need shelter due to a safety issue at home, you can search https://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/ for available shelter in your area.
    We wish you the best of luck.
    Sincerely,
    NRS

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    I'm 30 years old and I want to run away. What should I do

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  • ccsmod8
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    Hello there -

    Thank you for reaching out to us here for some support and sharing your story on our public forum board. We want to help we can best as we can, but we are slightly confused by what the situation at hand is. If you have a specific question that you can't find the answer to on any of these threads or maybe find a place to vent about what you are feeling right now, you can always call us. It’s hard to talk to just anyone one about what has been going on. Please reach out via phone or even our online chat for more help and for us to really understand what is it that you are looking for support in.

    We hope to hear from you so that we can help you further.

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    My friends daughter had gotten into a relationship with her uncle my friends broqther and took off to Kansas city and she is calling her dad my friend scared for her life crying and wants to come home,what does he do?

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hi there,

    Thanks for reaching out to National Runaway Safeline. It seems like you might be in a tough situation at college and home, and we want to support you any way we can.

    Since you are 19, in most states there would be no legal trouble for leaving to live with someone else, since the age of majority is 18. There are some states where this is different (like Mississippi, Alabama, and Nebraska) so it is important to look into state specific rules.

    We may be able to help you better by hearing more details about your situation and how we can help specifically. You can call or chat to speak to someone at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).

    If you feel that you are unsafe at home and need to leave, there is an organization called National Safe Place that might be able to help you find a safe place to go. Text the word "safe" and your current address to 44357 or go to www.nationalsafeplace.org for more information.

    If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.

    We hope to hear from you soon, and best of luck to you!

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    if i, a 19 year old, run away from my college and home, and live with a friend, could her mom get in legal trouble for letting me stay with them?

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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; 12-12-2020, 11:23 PM. 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, 07:30 PM.
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