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    I am 17 years old and I live in New York, growing up I suffered traumatically and my emotional state hasn’t been at all good. I have insomnia, anxiety, and clinical depression due to the trauma caused by my mom while I was growing up. I couldn’t do anything about it before, but I feel as if I’m of the age where it is really not good for my health to stay at home. I would just go to a families and stay there and call it a day, But even that I don’t have because my mother likes to start drama with the family and Ik they don’t mean to, but because I’m my mothers child that means I am turned away and shut out as well. Before I go ahead with the plan I’ve made, I want to make sure nothing backfires or goes wrong. I’ve tried doing research but all it did was confuse me more. If I was to run away and my mom filed a report are the police going to look for me ?? Do they have the rights to bring me home or even notify her where I am? I turn 18 in June, but again, I’m concerned about myself and no matter how much I cry for help, nobody in my house truly listens or is concerned so now I need to take matters into my own hands, become independent, and take care of myself before it is too late. Pls help.
    Last edited by ccsmod4; 10-01-2019, 01:26 AM.

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    I am 17 years old and I live in New York

    Thank you for writing to us here at the National Runaway Safeline.

    We appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on.
    As of right now you’re feeling like leaving is one of your only options.
    It also sounds like you have run away before and have some concerns about what might happen if you are picked up by the police.
    While we are not experts on the law, someone under 18 that leaves home, the parent/guardian may file them as a runaway and they may be returned home. Also, those that a reported runaway stays with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. Anyone found to be assisting or aiding someone to run away may also find themselves at risk legally. For more specifics on the law, you might consider contacting the local non-emergency number for the police. You might also look for a legal aid center in the area. They may be able to answer any legal questions on the subject.

    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 email to assist you. If you would like to talk more in detail and explore some options, 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.

    Be safe,

    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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