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  • #16
    I’m at 16 years old and a runaway I’ve been gone since February , I have plenty of places to live and I have clothes and the mandatory things I need .. but I’m reaching that age where I’m tired of asking for the things I need , I would like my own money and make it on my own so I’m asking if you know a way I could get a job I do know things like my social security number , etc . Just wondering if there is a way without the law being involved to where I would get caught ?

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    • ccsmod13
      ccsmod13 commented
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      Hi there,

      Thank you for taking the time to contact us here at NRS. We are glad to hear that you are safe and that you are being supported. We also understand leaving home as a minor can still be challenging and it is totally understandable you would want to become more financially independent. While we are not legal experts we can speak generally about laws and issues related to young people who have left home. From what we know, you are able to get a job even if you have been reported as a runaway to the police as it is more than likely a report would not show up on a background check. Now, depending on your state and the employer a work permit signed by your school might be required. You will likely also need a form of ID and social security card. The National Network for Youth has a field guide for how young people can obtain a State ID, https://nn4youth.org/learn/resources/state_ids/. A helpful start could be to inquire about jobs at local businesses and restaurants to get a better idea of what documentation they require.

      We are available 24/7 for immediate support by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or through live chat at 1800runaway.org. Please do not hesitate to reach out again if you would like to talk more about your situation or need any further support.

      Good luck!
      NRS

  • #17
    Hi i am a runaway and i am 16 about to be 17, can i get a job and not be traced when im 17 or what?

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    • ccsmod2
      ccsmod2 commented
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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 usually with getting a job, it would not show up in a background check that you are a runaway. But keep in mind if there is a runaway report on you the police could always show up at your job. If the police were to find you it is a possibility that they could bring you back home.
      If you would like to talk more about your situation or have any more questions please give us a call. We are here for you 24/7. Best of luck, stay safe!
      NRS

  • #18
    im 17 and im currently thinking of running away and no will not change my mind im in pasadena, tx but one thing is that im really worried about is that i don't really have money on me or anybody that i could stay and i don't really know if i could get a job the only thing i got on me is my ID and a piece a paper that i writen of my social security number and im planning to go far away that no one will find me!

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    • ccsmod6
      ccsmod6 commented
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      Hi, thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you are in a difficult position, which is making you consider running away which must be extremely tough on you. Given that you are 17 you may want tp consider waiting before leaving your current living situation due to being a minor. We aren't legal experts, but we have dealt with many runaways before. As you are 17 it isn't illegal to runaway, but your parents are allowed to file a runaway report with the police. Therefore, it may result in you returning back to your household. There are living options that can provide some type of support even though you only have an ID and your social security number. As we have dealt with a lot of runaways, we are open to helping you if you are extremely set on running away to make your plan as efficient and safe as possible. We do have a database of resources which we can offer to you if you call or chat us. Having a space to vent and explore options may often bring out a solution not previously thought of. We can best help by phone or chat. If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon. Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button). We hope you reach out soon!

  • #19
    Hello. I am 14. And i have deppression. I dont feel safe being at my current place and can not do anything about it. My grandmother does not let me talk to my family and she drinks a lot. When she drinks, she gets mean and there is nothing that i can do. I wish i could go back to my family up north but she wont let me. I can not stand this anymore and want to leave. Would my life be totally ruined if i did and would i be able to be successful. I am really lonely and cant stand this. Please help.

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    • ccsmod1
      ccsmod1 commented
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      Hey there,

      Thanks so much for reaching out and sharing a little bit about what’s been going on, we know that it takes a lot of courage. It must be really hard to live in a home with so much tension. You deserve to feel safe at home and supported in a way that would allow you to be successful and thrive.

      You mentioned that you have been dealing with depression, it can be really hard to live with mental health issues and we want you to know that you aren’t alone in addressing them. If you’d like some additional support, an organization that may be helpful is the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). You can contact them by calling 1-800-950-NAMI or you can text them by sending NAMI to 741741. Another agency that could be of great help is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), they can help you locate low or no cost mental health care providers in your area. Their number is 1-800-662-4357 or you can go to their site at samhsa.gov.

      It can be really hard to live with someone who struggles with an addiction to alcohol. We want you to know that you are not alone. If you’d like to talk to other young people who are dealing with friends or family members who have drinking problems you can check out Alateen. You can find more information about this support group, or find a local meeting here: https://al-anon.org/newcomers/teen-corner-alateen/.

      If you’d like to go over what’s going on in depth, or if you’d like to explore other options that you may have available to you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. You can also chat us by clicking on the “CHAT” button on top of our homepage. We’re open 24/7 and here to listen and support you in any way we can.

      Stay safe,
      NRS

      We'd love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis forum. Your feedback plays an important role in helping us improve our services to support youth and families. Please click the link below to fill out our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/we_care_what_you_think

  • #20
    Hello, me and my friend are planning on running away I am currently 16 and my friend is 17. We are running away to (Main) and I am wondering if it is possible to stay at a homeless shelter without them questioning our backgrounds or needing any info. Another question is If we got a working license with our parents signature before we ran away would we be able to use the same working license in the state we run away to. Also what credentials do you need to have to apply for a pass port and what age?

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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. Also, those you stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. 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 forum 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

  • #21
    Hi I'm planning on running away, I'm 12 and don't feel welcome at home I just wanted to know where and if I could even get a job. My friend who is also 12 said they might runaway with me because she got kicked out for 2 weeks, but is there a possible way that at least could I get a job somewhere?

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    • ccsmod3
      ccsmod3 commented
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      Hello,
      Thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you and your friend have both been having difficult times at home. We are sorry to hear that you are going through this, and hope you both know you’re not alone.

      We are not legal experts at the NRS, but the general age that youth can get a job is 14 years old. In addition, parents are legally not allowed to kick their child out and refuse to let them back in. If your friend is experiencing this still, she does have the right to call the police and report her parents for neglect. If you or her would like to find more information about this, you can look at www.childhelp.org.

      We would be happy to speak with you in more detail about your situation if you would like further support or additional resources from us. You can reach us anytime at 800-786-2929, or chat with us online at www.1800runaway.org. Both methods are completely confidential and staffed 24/7, so we are always ready to listen.

      Thank you again for reaching out to us. Wishing you the best luck, and stay safe.

      NRS

  • #22
    I have a question I’m 17 and I am applying for a job will having runaway on my record affect that or not

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    • ccsmod3
      ccsmod3 commented
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      Hi, we are glad you reached out to us. Your situation is actually more complicated to answer than just a yes or no. To help you, we need more details about your exact situation. While we are not legal experts, we can help you understand the general legal situation for your exact situation.

      Some of the things we would need to know are what state you are living in, what state your guardians live in (or are you a ward of a state), how close are you to turning 18, are you still in school (or completed high school or dropped out), and what kind of company are you applying to for a job.

      You can follow up with us through a chat on our website or you can call our crisis hotline at (800) RUNAWAY. Both are available 24/7 and both are completely confidential.

      We want to help you make sure you have all the information for your situation so you can make an informed decision on your next step. We can also help you explore some other options that you might not have considered.

      We hope to hear from you soon and best of luck.

  • #23
    I am currently running away and I have no money and I am wondering how can I get a job and what should I know

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    • ccsmod16
      ccsmod16 commented
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      HI, thanks for reaching out; we are glad that you did.

      It's brave of you to reach out to us. We are best able to help you if we can have a conversation with you and so you can chat us at 1800runaway.org (through this website) or our phone line 1-800-Runaway are open 24/7 to help you with more personalized information.

      As far as getting a job, if a runaway report was filed on you, that is only a police access list, which is nationwide, but it would not stop you from getting a job in the usual way. We are here to listen and help and we would like to discuss this further with you. We truly hope to hear from you soon. Best of luck and please reach out if you are interested in more pertinent information.

      Sincerely,
      NRS
      Last edited by ccsmod16; 12-16-2021, 09:25 PM. Reason: typo

  • #24
    Hey i really need a job ik i have to wait until I am 16 but im a runaway and i have no money

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    • ccsmod15
      ccsmod15 commented
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      Hey there thanks for reaching out,
      It seems like you are a runaway but also don’t have an income to support yourself. This is certainly a dangerous position to be in and it’s understandable you want to change it. Usually you don’t need to wait to be 16 to have a job, however you would be limited in the hours you can work, and often it takes school or parent permission but you might do some research on your state’s laws regarding this.
      Getting a job while a runaway is generally more challenging, the main thing is that you do need access to an ID of some kind or a social security number for initial background checks. Usually larger companies can pay in prepaid debit cards since you cannot open a bank account yourself without having a parent to also be on the account.
      There might be options like https://www.jobcorps.gov/ which can have programs starting at 16. Another option would be a Transitional Living Place which often have job training or placement as well.
      If you would like to talk more in detail please chat soon through our website www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button) if you are unable to call in. We unfortunately cannot give advice as we are non-directive. You know your situation best
      We hope to hear from you soon.
      Be safe,
      NRS

  • #25
    Im planning to run away at 16-17. I know ill need a job but if they find out im a runaway they'll send me back home with the risk of going to a juvenile court. if i leave my state and try to get a job in a place with better runaway laws could that fix the issue? or would i be sent back to my state once caught and get sent to a juvenile court anyways?

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    • ccsmod15
      ccsmod15 commented
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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. Also, those you stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. 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 forum 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

  • #26
    I'm a runaway from a group home. I'm almost 18 will I be able to get a job without any problems?

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    • ccsmod7
      ccsmod7 commented
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      Hi there,

      Thank you for reaching out it shows a lot of courage. We are by no means legal experts. They will mostly likely ask for some type of id when you apply for a job because you are under 18, they will possibly reach out to some type of state appointed guardian. One resource that you might want to consider is Homeless Youth Handbook www.homelessyouth.org/ This resource discusses the legal rights of homeless youths in various states. Another thing to consider is looking up the labor laws in your specific state. The US department of labor is great place to start https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/child-labor for looking into labor laws.

      It is important to remember that while it might take a while to go through the process of finding, applying, and getting the job it is great that you are thinking about all the possibilities. Remember you are not alone you can always reach out to us we are happy to talk about next steps or just to check in with you to see how things are going. We are 24/7 and we can be reach either through chat or phone at 1 -800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or at our website, www.1800runaway.org.

      Stay strong and stay safe,
      NRS

  • #27
    I am 16 and I’m a runaway from the system I just don’t like being ther they haven’t helped me with nothing I want to get a job but I’m scared that if I go apply there gonna run my ss and see that I’m a runaway

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    • ccsmod16
      ccsmod16 commented
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      Hi, We are so sorry to hear about your situation. While we are not legal experts, it is our understanding that you are only listed on a police list (National Crime Information Center database), so you could likely safely get a job. However, since we are not legal experts, it is possible that your specific state could have different regulations that we are unaware of at the moment. One thing you could consider trying is calling the non-emergency number with the police department and asking how they handle these reports. You could do this without sharing any personal information with them during the process.



      It may be helpful for you to reach out to us via chat (www.1800runaway.org) or phone 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929), so we can learn a bit more about your situation and discuss some potential options. We are available 24/7 to discuss any of this with you. Best of luck with everything!

      NRS

  • #28
    I am a runaway from home but I was on probation when I ran away I’m 16 now and I want to get a job but I’m scared there going to notify the police if they run my ss and I’m in the state of mi and I’m wondering if I can get a legal job.

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    • ccsmod7
      ccsmod7 commented
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      Hi there,

      Thank you for reaching out to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it takes a great deal of courage to reach out and we appreciate you sharing a bit about what has been going on. Choosing to run away from home can be a difficult decision and we hope you have been able to keep yourself safe. It sounds like you have been thinking proactively of how you can take care of yourself by considering getting a job.

      While we are not legal experts here at NRS, we have a general understanding of runaway laws and how they apply to minors (youth under 1. If you are under 18 and leave home, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. Also, those you stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions.

      In the state of Michigan, it is legal for a 16 year old to have a job but there are limits on the number of hours you are able to work. Many times employers will require applicants under 18 to receive permission from their parent/guardian to pursue employment opportunities.

      We are here to offer as much help and support as possible through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat, as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by forum 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

  • #29
    I'm going to be 16 in less than a month, and I've been contemplating running away for about a week now. I've been horribly depressed for years, and I've reached a point where I'm suicidal everyday. I've attempted reaching out for help for a while now and my therapists disregard it entirely. They've abused me emotionally and mentally, and on rare occasion physically for a long time, they are the biggest cause of distress in my life. They've isolated me my whole life, won't let me get a job, and I'm not in school. The only thing that's kept me going is my friends, who all live in the same town four hours away from here in a different state. Today they unplugged and hid our router, which is my only form of communication with my friends and my boyfriend, and they had no good reason for doing it. This threw me over the edge, I desperately need my friends to get by. And I think I've made up my mind.
    I can't live or stay with people who don't take me seriously, disregard my physical and mental health, isolate me and **** me over every way they can.
    I have a plan, bring a couple hundred bucks with me, take trains/busses to my friend's as they're all willing to help me any way they can and they have no connection to my families so they'd just say I was emancipated and their parents wouldn't question.
    My biggest concern is, how would I get a job? I won't have any ID, how can I get a job without any SS#, or birth certificate, or proof of ID? That's among my biggest concerns. I need to be able to pay for myself no matter where I go.

    I've spent a LOT of time thinking this through, and I think I'm finally ready to go through with it, I can't live with these people anymore. I want to move on in my life.



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    • ccsmod6
      ccsmod6 commented
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      Hello,

      Thanks for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. It means a lot to us that you reached out to us for help. It seems like you are going through a lot and its been happening for a long time. There are a few different things that you’ve talked about, so we will try to summarize what’s been going on.

      Firstly, it sounds like you have been depressed for quite some time and have had horrible things like emotional and physical abuse happen to you, to the point where you are feeling suicidal every day. You are so brave for continuing to seek help and we want to do our best to assist you through this. We encourage you to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit their website at suicidepreventionlifeline.org at any time where you are feeling suicidal or where your feelings of suicide are escalating. You can also call your local emergency number on 911.

      We want you to know that it is never okay for someone to abuse you, whether that’s emotionally or physically and we are sorry that this has been happening to you. It sounds like you’ve tried to reach out to your therapists but it hasn’t been very helpful. It sounds like you have some really good friends who are supportive of you but they live far away from you. Are there any adults who you know and trust, who you might feel comfortable talking to about what’s been going?

      We can understand how all of this has made you think about running away. While we are not experts of the law, 18 is generally the age that someone may leave home without parental permission. Since you are almost 16, if you leave home, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. Also, your friends or anyone else you may stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. For more information about specifics of the law, your local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions. You are certainly correct for considering how you will support yourself if you ran away. If you would like to share more details about your situation, please call us here at the NRS at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or chat with us online at www.1800runaway.org

      You also said that you will be turning 16 very soon and are not in school. In most states, individuals need to be in school until they are 17 or 18. Parent/guardians run the risk of getting in trouble if their kids/adolescents miss too much school. Your local non-emergency police or legal aid may be able to help with this.

      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 forum to assist you. If you would like to talk more in detail about what’s been happening, 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 you feel unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.

      Be safe and take care,

      NRS
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