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  • Most of my family has given up on me. I'm 15 and about to turn 16

    I'm 15 and gonna turn 16 soon and I plan on leaving home. Only problem is I'm on probation. That and my girlfriend wants to come with me. She's 17 and turns 18 a few months after I'm off probation. We plan on saving up money and leaving when we have enough to live on until I get a job which shouldn't take long .we're planning on moving several states over and basically restarting our lives. What legal trouble could we get in? Also would I be in the clear if I stayed under the radar until I'm an adult? Could my girl get in trouble?

  • #2
    Hey there,

    Thanks so much for contacting us, it takes a lot of courage to reach out and share your story. Running away is a big decision and it can be very stressful to figure out what you want to do. We aren’t legal experts here at NRS, but generally speaking, if you do opt to leave your home your parents can file a runaway report, which is essentially a missing person report. Running away is a status offense; this means that it isn’t illegal, but it’s something you can’t do while still a minor. If a runaway report is filed and you are located by the authorities you will most likely be returned to your parents. Since you are currently on probation it's important to speak with your probation officer about the feasibility of moving out on your own/out of state to if it is allowed.

    It’s great to hear that your girlfriend is so supportive. If you go to stay with your girlfriend without prior permission from your parents, she could be charged with harboring a runaway, which is a misdemeanor. Penalties for harboring a runaway vary from state to state, police officer to officer, and how your parents view the situation.

    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.

    All the best,

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    • #3
      I was gonna wait until I'm off probation and then do to another country


      • ccsmod9
        ccsmod9 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. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email or bulletin for assistance. If you would like to talk more in detail and share more about how we can help specifically, please call or chat soon.
        Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); (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.
        We hope to hear from you soon.
        Be safe, NRS
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