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  • ccsmod16
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    Hi,
    Thanks for reaching out; we are glad that you did.
    It sounds like things feel really hard at home for you. Feeling like a disappointment and a burden are very hard feelings to have and to hold. We would like to talk with you and to support you with the way you are feeling and to talk more about your situation.

    The hard part is that running away at 12 isn't really possible, because you can't get a job. But we are here to listen and help and to help you figure out things you can do to feel better at home. That really is possible.
    We truly hope you will chat us through this website, or call us at 1-800-786-2929
    Sincerely,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I am 12 and am planning on running away because I feel like a disappointment and a burden but I have no money and need to know where I can get a job and stay at night.

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  • ccsmod16
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    Hi,
    Thanks for reaching out; we are glad that you did.
    It sounds like you have made some plans which includes a place to stay. We hope that that place is with people you have met in person and that they are safe to be with.
    As far as working, if you have your Social Security Number and birth certificate to prove that it is legal for you to work, you probably can, if it's legal in your state to work as a minor without parental permission.
    Ask to get your pay by a paper check, and you might be able to cash it at a currency exchange with an ID.
    Running away is really hard with many problems to solve. We hope you might reach out to us either by chat through this website, or by calling our hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929) 24/7 to talk this all over.
    We truly hope to hear from you soon,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I'm planning on running away from home soon, but I want to be able to have a job so I can take care of myself. I have a plan and a place to stay but I need a method of funds that's legal and untraceable by my parents and law enforcement. Can anyone help?

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We really appreciate you reaching out as we know it takes a lot of courage.

    We are sorry to hear that you were experiencing abuse by your dad at home. You do not deserve to be treated that way and are glad you are now safe and have your sibling in your life. As you have mentioned, legally your dad can still find you and bring you home, but we cannot tell you if that would happen or not given that you are in another state. One option is to file a child abuse report. If you are interested in this path, we can help you fill one out.

    In terms of your question about jobs, we cannot say for sure what would happen if you get a job and whether or not they would find out about you being a runaway/require you to live with your dad. Generally, jobs have different requirements. That being said, minors are allowed to have jobs, so talking to different employers could help you figure out their requirements. Also, talking with a friend, a teacher, school counselor, or people your sibling might know about jobs could help.

    It is important that you take care of yourself. Talking with school counselor, teacher, or another trusted adult can be super helpful along with other coping mechanisms. You can listen to music, journal about what is going on, exercise, take a walk, draw, or just do an activity that makes you feel good.

    We know that this response may not be satisfying as there is not a guaranteed answer to your question. If you would like to talk in more detail, please contact NRS either by calling 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or chatting online through 1800runaway.org. We can help you work through some options.

    We hope to hear from you soon.

    Be safe,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I am 15 turning 16 in a few weeks and i have ran away from my dads house many times before. My older sibling has gone to court with me in order to get guardian ship and we lost. I had ran away from my dads house December 2021 and we are now in September 2022. I will not go back to his house he is abusive and he bolted the windows and constantly followed me and everything he put me through i am terrified of him and i suffer with many mental illness now. I currently live with the same older sibling and i am enrolled in school and i am in a different state right now. I am marked as a runway in the state that my dad is in and he has a private investigator that is also trying to look for me. I want to be able to get a job and get an ID, my question is, will the job i apply for find out i am a runaway in a different state and will i be able to work if i do not live with my dad ? I want to get a job but i don’t know if i need parents permission. I want a job to save up money but i am also trying to hide out until i turn 18 so my dad can’t find me. I have endured abuse from him since i was 13-14 ish and i want this to be over. Idk what to do. Thanks.

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  • ccsmod3
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    Hi there, thank you for reaching out. It sounds like you and a friend have been thinking about and planning to run away. Answering your questions, your parents/guardians are the ones who enroll you in school so that could make it difficult to try and enroll out of state. It is helpful having your SSN and birth certificate to get a job, but unsure if a company you apply to might do a background check and see that you are considered a runaway. Running away is what is considered a status offense meaning it is only illegal because you are under 18, so you would not face charges, but would likely be brought back home if you are found. If someone over 18 is living with a runaway, you could be charged with harboring a runaway and could face charges.
    If you are interested and would like to discuss this further, please call our hotline 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or chat us online at 1800runaway.org. We hope to hear from you soon.
    Be safe,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Hi I'm a 17 year old from Indiana. I am planning to run away. I have a friend who is more than likely to do it with me. We have a base plan and enkigj money to survive quiet a while. I however do have a couple of questions. I am in high school my senior year. I have all my credits except one math and English credits. Here is the questions
    1 can I go school in another state.
    2 how can I get a job I have my SSN and birth certificate with me.
    3 can I face any charges for running away.
    I am turning 18 before my friend if I turn 18/and he's still a monitor could it be consider a kid napping thanks I'm still getting prepared before leaving and I need to know these answers.

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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

  • Guest
    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
    commented on Guest's reply
    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
    commented on Guest's reply
    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
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