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  • I want to go live with my cousin.

    My mom really does love me, and i love her too. when i was younger we would get into arguments. we still do, but now it’s getting ridiculous. we argue over the smallest things now. we argued over a desk, because she thinks my cousin is better than her. yeah in some aspects she is! but that’s not my fault that she has given me over half of the things i own. she’s just so jealous. she also has really bad anger issues. so that also means she yells, wayy too much. then she starts to argue with me about it. my cousin is the closest thing i have to a mom/sister. she would do anything for me. it’s like my mom wants to have a relationship with me, but it’s like we argue all of the time. i’m just done trying. i really want to leave and go to my cousin’s and stay there. she also is living in a stable home, with her fiancé . i’m only 13 though. what age do you think i could leave without my mom trying to get me back, or not able to get me back?

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    Hi there,

    Thanks for reaching out to National Runaway Safeline and sharing a little bit about what is going. It takes a lot of courage to reach out and especially in a time where you have a really tough and complex situation.

    We aren’t legal experts, but we have general knowledge about running away. In most states, running away isn’t illegal, but what is called a status offense until you are the legal age of majority (usually 1, to where you can legally move out. You can’t get arrested for it but it will mostly likely go on your record until you are 18. The police will only know if you have runaway if your parents/guardians file a police report. We can’t say for sure how the police will respond, but we hear a lot that police will take potential places you might be and will actively search for you. If they come across you, the most likely will return you home to your parents. Sometimes we hear that if you are staying with someone who knows you are a runaway and are not actively trying to return you or finding shelter for you, your guardians/or police can press charges against the people who are housing you, with something that is called harboring. One of our main goals is to make sure you are safe, so if you ever seriously decide to run away and need shelter, resources, or a safe place to go you can find safe locations at or reach out to us directly and we can find local resources in your area.

    We are here for you and will support you in anyway that we can. Please feel free to call into us directly as we can talk further about your situation and find resources that are best for you in your area. Stay strong and you are not alone in this! Our hotline ( 1-800-RUNAWAY) and chat are open 24/7.

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