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    Guest replied
    I’m 18 and I leaves without telling my mother where I am going, all because she gets so emotional and wants to be over protective. But she want to call the cops on me known am a legal adult. What can I do? I just want to be free and independent from her!

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  • ccsmod16
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    Hi,
    Thanks for reaching out, we are glad that you did. It sounds like there is something going on at home that is making you want to leave. And your plan is to fly to another state. Each airline will have their own policies about minors flying alone. You will need to present identification and a driver's license or state ID are most common. At 15, you may not have either of those.
    Also, you didn't mention your plan for where you would live in the other state, which is troubling to us, since thinking of a place to runaway to is a big hurdle for most youth we talk with.
    We hope very much that you will reach out to one of our platforms where we can have a conversation about this. You can either call out hotline at 1-800-786-2929 (1-800-RUNAWAY) or via live chat through this website. We are here to help keep youth safe and off the streets, so we hope to hear from you soon.
    Sincerely,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    I am 15 and live in Georgia and i am planning on go to another state but when i go to the airport would they need my parents permission

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  • ccsmod5
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    Hi there,
    While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent permission. 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. You may find it helpful to find out if your mom has any custody over you, so then you would still be with a legal guardian.
    You mentioned experiencing emotional abuse which may be reportable against your dad. Please keep in mind you by no means deserve any type of abuse, emotional or otherwise. Unfortunately, emotional abuse is often harder to provide evidence for compared to physical abuse which is often what CPS relies on when conducting an abuse investigation. That said, we can’t be 100% sure what the outcome will be if your local CPS decides to open a case based on what you share. Sometimes CPS decides to remove minors from the home and other times they offer services such as family counseling or mediation instead. The only way to know the outcome might be to reach out to them directly and if you’re ready to do that we are here to help you through that process. Reaching out to Child Help USA at 1-800-422-4453 or www.childhelp.org may help to get a better understanding of what may happen before and after a report is made.
    We hope this helps. Please reach out if we can offer any further support.
    Be safe,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    I am 16 about to be 17 in September and I want to leave my dad's house. I have been going through mental abuse since I was 6 years old and I can't deal with it anymore. If I went to my mom's and stayed there on my dad's week, or went somewhere safe, would I get in trouble? I would still be able to attend school as well. I just really need to get out of this situation.

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  • ccsmod15
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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. It seems there is a lot that you are faced with right now and you’re feeling like leaving is one of your only options. It seems you want to know some information on runaway laws.
    While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent permission. If you are under 18 and leave home, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. Since your mom has majority custody it is likely that your dad cannot make a runaway report though since your mom has a legal right for you to stay with her still. It would potentially turn into more of a court battle so police may choose to not get involved. To check and make sure you may want to reach out to a legal expert of some kind through legal aid services.
    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 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

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    Guest replied
    so my parents are divorced. i turn 18 in 4 months and live with my father who is an emotional abuser and i feel mentally and sometimes physically unsafe in my home. if i run away to my mothers (who had majority custody). could my father still legally get me back even if it is now my own decision and i am about to be an adult anyway?

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  • ccsmod15
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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. It seems there is a lot that you are faced with right now and you’re feeling like leaving is one of your only options. It seems you want to know some information on runaway laws.
    While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent permission. If you are under 18 and leave home, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. Your brother will likely not have guardianship over you to be able to make a report, it can only be done by your guardian. 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.
    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 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

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    Guest replied
    I'm staying at a friends and my grandma knows where I am, just not the address. Well, my brothers threatening to call 911 an file me as a runaway. What do I do? I'm scared.

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us here at NRS. It sounds like there is a lot that you are faced with at home and you are thinking that leaving might be your best option. You mentioned that you have had a lot of problems and stress going on at home which can definitely get overwhelming. Home is supposed to be somewhere you can feel safe and you deserve to feel supported.

    It seems you are interested in learning more about runaway laws. 18 is usually the age you are able to leave home without permission. In the event that you decide to leave without permission, your parents can choose to report you as a runaway. You will not get into any legal trouble, but the police would most likely return you home. Where you live is generally not up to police, so they would have to bring you back home even if you are somewhere safe. One way to avoid this would be to get your parent's permission to live somewhere else. We understand that might be challenging, however, maybe there’s another family member, relative, or another trusted adult who could help to communicate how you’re feeling to your parents. The second way is through Child Protective Services if safety is a concern. If this is the case you can speak with an advocate at an organization called Child Help to learn more about what the reporting process might look like for you and what CPS could possibly do to help, www.childhelp.org.

    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 please call or chat soon.

    Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).

    Be safe and stay strong,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    Im 14 and my parents are separated and i have been going through things at home. My dad wont let me go places but he lets my brother go anywhere he wants. I am getting emotionally abused and i want to run away but if my dad files a run away report wi i have to go back to him. If i am living in a good environment and still going to school can i still stay at the place i choose to stay at?

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  • ccsmod15
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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. It sounds like you’re quite overwhelmed by things at home right now and you mentioned being harmed. We’re sorry you’re going through this. You don't deserve to be hurt in any way. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. You may also be able to report any mistreatment to CPS. Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org is an organization that helps protect minors from being harmed. They can tell you more about how CPS could respond to your situation. If you ever need assistance calling out to CPS to make an abuse or neglect report please call is at 1-800-RUNAWAY. Unfortunately, emotional abuse is often harder to provide evidence for compared to physical abuse which is often what CPS relies on when conducting an abuse investigation. That said, we can’t be 100% sure what the outcome will be if your local CPS decides to open a case based on what you share. Sometimes CPS decides to remove minors from the home and other times they offer services such as family counseling or mediation instead. The only way to know the outcome might be to reach out to them directly and if you’re ready to do that we are here to help you through that process.
    Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. You are not alone in this. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time.
    If you would like to talk more in detail please chat soon through our website www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button) if you are unable to call in. We unfortunately cannot give advice as we are non-directive. You know your situation best
    We hope to hear from you soon.
    Be safe,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    hi im 16 i live with my grandparents in Texas i just cant take it anymore my step grandpa is just so confusing at one moment hes as nice as he could be then the next hes in your face screaming at you telling me im stupid or something like that hes lived with me for 5 years now my mantel health is just detreating hes 70 but was a cop for 22 years we got physical once i have a scare on my back now i dont want to report him cose my grandma is happy for once but i dont think so anymore he will degrade her if she tries to stick up for me i want to leave but i live in a small town and im in texas so i couldnt cros the border cose its so big i know if im under 18 i cant but i need help i cant take it anymore also i cant talk here cose im on a school computer and i cant on my phone it has parental control just send me an email i feel like i dont have any conrol in my life
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  • ccsmod7
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    Hi there, thanks for reaching out. Sounds like it has been a pretty awful night. with your grandmom treating you like that and kicking out your brother. Here at NRS, we truly want to be a support for you during this difficult time.

    We are not legal experts, but generally speaking, the easiest way you can leave home is with permission or if they do not file you as a runaway with local police as an older 17 year old. Since they kicked out your brother, you might try to see if they would let you stay elsewhere like with him. Unfortunately, it does not sound like the emancipation court process could be an option for you due to only having 5 months until you turn 18 and no income.

    Answers to your questions:
    There is no way to guarantee that she won't report you as a runaway if you do leave home before you turn 18. Generally speaking, whenever you leave home without permission before turning 18 she can file you as a runaway. What could change is how local police respond to the runaway report, since you are 17.5 it's possible that they might not actively look for you or return you home if found. However, they typically would return you home so you might not want to rely on that possibility. It can help to talk to local police in your area to see how they would respond to a situation like yours by reaching out to the local nonemergency police number (www.usacops.com). Leaving a note would not change what could happen. But it would generally signal that you left on your own accord rather than something bad happening to you.

    Please don't hesitate to call or chat us now if you want to debrief the night, our phone lines and live chat services are open, and you deserve some support after that. We can also try to brainstorm other options with you, and look for local resources that might be able to help.

    Best,

    NRS

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    Guest replied
    I am 17, 18 in 5 months, and live in a toxic household. its been a problem for the longest time i can remember, my guardian (my grandmom) has always emotionally neglected me, emotionally abused me, put me down, and today she threatened to call the cops on me for ‘harrassment’ for simply standing up for myself over an argument about my room being messy. theres so so so much more than that, but i cant fit it all in. i cant stand it anymore. she even kicked my brother out tonight since he just turned 18 not even a week ago.

    i at the very least just want to get away for a few days, but i cant go anywhere. my boyfriend and his family agreed to let me stay for as long as i needed to/could because of situations, so if i could, i wanted to just leave for a few nights until things calm down more because i dont know what could happen. currently typing this i have my door barricaded because she tried busting my door down earlier.

    so my questions are ; is there a way for me to leave and stay the night for a few days without her calling me in as a runaway or without anyone getting in trouble? if i left a note of where i went as well, would that help anything?

    and to anyone suggesting emancipation; i don’t believe i can do that. she has complete control over me, and wont let me drive or work, and ive read somewhere that in order to get emancipated, you have to have proof that you can financially support yourself, and i simply cant at the moment.

    any advice helps, thank you.

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