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    hey my names brian and i just wanted to ask a question or two because i'm curious. 1) i am 14 years old and recently been taken from my mother. and as if that's not enough have moved states. as i have moved i am the mose unhappy i have ever been before. and i mean even more unhappy then when my father died which is literally the whole reason this started. my relatives thought it would be a good idea to take me from my mother and put me in a whole new environment i've told myself that if mom can't get me back the day before school starts (august 29) i'm running away i live in ohio right now and am planning on going to kentucky i have no clue where. and somehow they managed to do this all legally with children services. despite my pleas of giving mom a chance they didn't listen and frankly i hate all of my relatives in ohio except my grandmother who is the only one i'm ok with. and when i say hate i mean HATE they said the reason my dad died was drugs when the autopsy clearly stated a heart attack. and my second question is my friend from ky has recently offered to come get me for the weekend to go to ky and just have a fun weekend like his mom could come get me. however my grandmother says that i cannot do that without my aunt or uncle. NOW i haven't gone to law school yet but that's sound like a bunch of garbage please set the record straight and help me with this. thanks bub

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    Re: unhappy

    Hello Brian,
    Thank you for taking the time to write to us here at the National Runaway Safeline.

    It sounds like once your father died you were forced to go and live with your relatives. We are sorry for your loss and that you are not able to see your mother.

    It seems like you are set on leaving home if things do not go the way that you want them to. There’s a lot to think about when leaving home. Do you have anyone who would be willing to let you stay with them? How do you think your parents would react to you leaving? As a minor, some things to keep in mind are that your parents could file a runaway report with the police. In this case, if you are picked up by the police, they could return you home. It’s also good to keep in mind that anyone you stay with could be at risk for harboring a runaway. Fortunately running away doesn’t usually have any legal consequences, but harboring is often considered a misdemeanor.

    You asked about your grandmother’s comment about you not being able to leave without permission from your aunt or uncle. We are not legal experts nor are we affiliated with the police so we can only speak generally about what could happen if a youth leaves home without the consent of a guardian. Leaving home without parental consent (running away) is not a crime, so the police will not arrest you. If you do leave home without permission your guardian does have the right to file a runaway report. Running away is not a crime it is a status offence (something that only a minor can get in trouble for truancy, buying cigarettes, etc.) this means that if you have any interaction with the police they will simply return you home. On the other hand the people that you are found to be staying with could face legal consequences that vary depending on state. You can find out more about how runaway’s reports are carried out by contacting your local police department. If you would like we could contact your local non-emergency number for you or with you. Just give us a call and one of our trained liners would be happy to assist you.

    We do hope that you reach out to us through phone or chat to discuss your situation in more detail. Our goal is to help you find ways to stay safe. We would be happy to look up resources in your area, talk with you about your options, or just listen to what you’re going through.
    We hoped this helped and we encourage you to call our 24/7 hotline at 1800.786.2929 or you can chat with us every day from 4:30pm-11:30pm CST. We hoped this helped and we look forward to hearing from you. We wish you the best of luck.
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

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