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  • ccsmod6
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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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    Guest replied
    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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  • ccsmod7
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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

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    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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  • ccsmod16
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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

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    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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  • ccsmod7
    commented on Guest's reply
    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

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    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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  • ccsmod15
    commented on Guest's reply
    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

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    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
    commented on Guest's reply
    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

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    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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  • ccsmod16
    commented on Guest's reply
    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

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    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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  • ccsmod3
    commented on Guest's reply
    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.
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