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Leaving/Running Away at 17 (almost 18)

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    hi, im 17 and will be 18 in about 6 months. can i runaway without being brought back home or taken to foster care? i live in connecticut.


    • ccsmod11
      ccsmod11 commented
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      (If you feel you are in immediate danger for any reason, please call the police or go to your local emergency room.)

      Hi there,
      Thanks so much for reaching out. It sounds like you’re thinking about leaving home, and while we don’t know your reasons, we can guess that something isn’t right at home and we are so sorry to hear this is the case. You have our support as you try to make a plan going forward.

      To answer your question: Since you’re 17, if you leave home technically the police should be required to find you and bring you home if a runaway report is filed. However, since you are so close to 18, some officers may not decide to pursue the case. It really just depends on the individual person who receives your case, and if you decide to leave home it is a risk you will have to consider.

      We would love to hear more about your story and give you more personalized and confidential help. Please feel free to reach out to us directly any time to talk to a real person. The NRS is here 24/7 via online chat or by calling 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929).

      Good Luck!
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