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    Is there a legal way to run away? I any of you guys know please tell me because my parents keep yelling at me for going to the bathroom!?

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    Re: Help

    Hello There!

    Thanks for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. It is a great first step to finding the information and support that you may need. It sounds like you are going through a difficult time being at home. No one should be have to go through this. Home should be a place of warmth, love, support, and safety. You are so strong for having gone through so much already.

    It sounds like you are greatly considering the option of leaving home since you feel uncomfortable at home. Your well-being and safety is a great concern. By all means, if you do fear for your safety in the future, do not hesitate to take the necessary steps to regain your safety. This may mean calling the police or possibly reporting the things you may be experiencing. You mentioned having some family that have room for you. Do you have any other trusted adults, family members, or teachers that you can turn to for support in keeping you safe? Sometimes having them on your side can help create a sense of comfort or support that will keep you safe.

    You are not alone. We can discuss your options with you if you’d like, as well as answer other questions you may have. We’re confidential and anonymous. We’re also here just to listen, if that’s what you need. If you want more information about cps reporting, what that means, or what that can look like for you, we are here to help guide you throughout that process and report with you, or can also call Child Help at 1800-422-4453 that would be able to connect you to your states reporting agency if that is something that you are comfortable doing.

    If you feel like leaving is the best option for you, there are some things to think about for the future: How long do you anticipate on being gone or being able to stay where ever you may be? How will you support yourself or whom you will be staying with be willing to support you financially with food, clothing, other personal expenses/ allow you to stay rent free? What if things do not work out here in the future, what will be your back up plan?

    Another important detail is thinking about what your parent’s reaction will be. We are not legal experts here, but typically being under the age of what your state considers to an adult (usually 18 ), you would need permission from your parents to leave. It is not illegal to runaway or leave home without permission, but it would mean that your parents could file a runaway report. The police would then be required to return you home. However, sometimes being 17 police may not take these reports, may not treat them as severely, or even attempt to search. To get an exact answer of how your local district handles this you can call them via their non-emergency number. You wouldn't have to give any identifying information or any details of your situation. If you feel a little uncomfortable with this option, you can always call us and we could call on your behalf or with you.

    Remember you are not alone! We are here to listen and to help as best as possible.

    If there is some way that could try to better support you in anyway. Remember that we are here to listen and help as best as we can. You are not alone!

    Stay Strong,
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

    National Runaway Safeline
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