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  • Re: Helppp pleace

    Hi,

    Thanks for reaching out to us today at NRS. It sounds like you've been going through a lot with a lot of your family members. No one deserves to be put in situations like this where you are getting physically hurt and don't feel like you have a place to stay.

    It sounds like living with your uncle has been really hard on you. Have you thought about calling DCFS again and seeing if they can arrange for another relative for you to stay with? There seems to be a lot going on between thinking about leaving your uncle's, the abuse going on, and suicidal thoughts. We can focus a bit more and help you out with what you specifically need- we encourage you to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929). If you are thinking of committing suicide, call 911 immediately to get some help and keep yourself safe. You can also call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK. If you want to talk a bit more about the abuse you've been going through, Child Help USA can be reached at 1-800-422-4453.

    It's really tough going through all of these things at once- but there are people that are willing to help and ways to make the situation better. We are here 24/7 at NRS to talk on our crisis hotline. If you feel more comfortable talking through the computer, we do have an online chat service from 4:30pm-11:30pm that can be reached through the website at www.1800runaway.org

    It was really brave of you to reach out today and get some more support. We're here willing to help in whatever way we can.

    Thanks again,
    NRS
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    • running away

      what would the cops do to you if yu runaway but because yu dont want to be home because your guardians that treat you right n wont even like to feed you would they make you come back ? would they let you talk if they find you ?? or just take you ??

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      • RE: running away

        Hi,

        Thanks for contacting us. It seems like you might be having a really bad time at home right now. If you’re guardians aren’t feeding you or treating you right, you definitely don’t deserve that.

        Just so you know, here at NRS, we aren’t legal experts, so we can’t say exactly what would happen if you runaway. Every situation is different and how the police handle runaway youth depends a lot on their age, if their guardians have filed a runaway report, and a lot of other things. Sometimes if a youth is 17, the police won’t necessarily force them home, or if home isn’t safe, they may be able to find an alternative safe place for the youth for a while. One thing that you can do is try calling your local police department anonymously and ask them hypothetically what would happen to someone in your situation if they found you. They should be able to give you a more definitive answer to how they would handle that situation.

        You can always call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY, we are here 24/7, we are confidential and anonymous and we can talk about what’s going on and what options you have. If you call in, we could also try calling the police and asking those questions for you. You can also live chat with us on our website at www.1800runaway.org from 4:30pm – 11:30pm.

        Good luck with everything!
        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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        • im a 16 year old run away if my mom calls the police can they force me back home

          I am a 16 year old run away and i ran away with my bf I left sunday night and we went to his house it started out ok . Heres my story when I was 15 me and my mom wouldnt get along anyway I had ran away and I ended upmy father but anyway I ended up moving back to my moms and threw the whole time me and my bf were allowed to see eachother we are a year and 7 months and my mom allowed us to see eachother when i came back he would stay the weekend and I would spend the day with him sometimes on weekdays but anyways when I ran away to my dads she reported me as a runaway but the day I left she knew were I was at and she reported me like 2 days later but the cops said they cant do anything beacuse for one I was with my biological father and she knew were I was at . Anyway I ran away this time again im 16 now and I left with my bf she is now saying she wants to report me as a runaway ive been with my bf for a whole daythat was monday I left sunday night and today will be the second day it us tuesday she says I have till 10pm to get home I do not want to go home at all!!!!! His family is loving and they take care of me its not that my mom misteats me she does well I just dont want to be there with her if she does report me what can they do ??????? Some say they cant do anythin but idk . Can they fprce me some were I dont wana be ???? Wjat should I do besides go home ! im DESPERATE and sacred !

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          • RE:if i runaway can my mom call the cops?

            Hello,

            Thank you for writing into the National Runaway Safeline bulletin board, we are always here to help and here to listen to you and your needs. From what you have told us about your situation it sounds like you have been going through a lot right now. It must be really frustrating for you to be in this situation as well. You have mentioned a few times that you and your mother are not getting along with each other. Is there any specific reason that you guys cannot get along with one another? What was the last disagreement that you remember having with her?

            Unfortunately, here at the NRS we cannot tell you in definite terms on what would happen for someone to runaway at the age of 16 years old with their boyfriend. Laws on that specific subject vary from state to state, so our advice would be call your local non-emergency police number to get more information on that. It sounds like you have given a lot of thought in to what you want to do in your situation. You even considered what your parents would do if you were to run away with your boyfriend. A general fact in most states, that because you are a minor your mother can still file a runaway report for you and your boyfriend’s parents might face legal consequences for harboring a runaway. If the police do find you and your mother has made a runaway report, they only thing that would happen is that they would bring you back home back to your mother since running away if only a status offense.

            Once again thank you for writing into the NRS bulletin board, we are always here to listen and here to help you with everything we can. You can also call into our 24hour hotline (1.800.RUNAWAY) for a more immediate response, as well as connect you to some resources that we might have on hand. Another service that we offer here at the NRS is our chat room which is offered from 4:30pm to 11:30pm/CST (www.1800RUNAWAY.org). If you feel more comfortable with that opinion we are more than welcome to contact us through that.

            Look forward to talking with you and 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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            • So I'm a 16 year old. I want to run away with my boyfriend. He is a good guy, 17 and still living with his parents. He wants me to move in with him & I want to go as well. We have talked about it. I will go to school & have a job where he lives. I'm 100% sure my parents will call the police reporting my run away. My question is what will the police do? Will I have to go back home with my parents? If so why if I feel like I'm not commiting a crime. I have heard that if the police asks if I want to run away with my boyfriend & I respond yes, I will be able to stay? Is that true? I'm just tierd of of my parents! No one is true to me in my family. I don't know what I have done wrong to be treated the way I am treated.

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              • Re: if i runaway can my mom call the cops?

                Thanks for reaching out with your questions and concerns. It sounds like you are frustrated with your home life and you would like to live with your boyfriend but you are worried about what may happen. We are sorry to hear you are having a hard time at home and it's understandable you may be fed up with being there. At 16 you are still considered a minor so if you left home without permission it is likely that your parents would have the right to make a runaway report. If that happened and the police found you they would most likely just return you back home. Now we are not lawyers or affiliated with the police so we can't say for sure what would happen. If you did want to get specific information for your city/state it may be helpful to reach out to your local police on a non emergency number and just ask them some question.

                It's great that you have support in your boyfriend and we want you to know that you can reach out anytime if you want to talk more in depth about this situation. Our hotline 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) is available 24 hours a day. We also have a live chat available from 4:30p to 11:30p CST daily. All of our services are confidential and anonymous and there is always someone available to listen, discuss safe options, and even find helpful resources in your area. Please feel free to reach out to us anytime. We are always here to help. Take care.
                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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                1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

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                • Re:

                  Originally posted by ccsmod7 View Post
                  Thanks for reaching out with your questions and concerns. It sounds like you are frustrated with your home life and you would like to live with your boyfriend but you are worried about what may happen. We are sorry to hear you are having a hard time at home and it's understandable you may be fed up with being there. At 16 you are still considered a minor so if you left home without permission it is likely that your parents would have the right to make a runaway report. If that happened and the police found you they would most likely just return you back home. Now we are not lawyers or affiliated with the police so we can't say for sure what would happen. If you did want to get specific information for your city/state it may be helpful to reach out to your local police on a non emergency number and just ask them some question.

                  It's great that you have support in your boyfriend and we want you to know that you can reach out anytime if you want to talk more in depth about this situation. Our hotline 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) is available 24 hours a day. We also have a live chat available from 4:30p to 11:30p CST daily. All of our services are confidential and anonymous and there is always someone available to listen, discuss safe options, and even find helpful resources in your area. Please feel free to reach out to us anytime. We are always here to help. Take care.




                  Okay but what can the police do to me if I don't want to go back?

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                    Thanks for reaching out with further questions. Again it's hard for us to say what the police would do because we are not affiliated with them. It's possible they may take you back to the station until your parent/guardian can pick you up or possibly get child protective services involved if you are refusing to return home . At the same time we've also heard that at 17 police will not do a whole lot and they may not be able to make you return home if you don't want to. It's usually best to contact your local police directly and see how they would deal with a 17 yr old youth if they pick them up and they don't want to return home.

                    We know it's tough because we can't give you a specific answer but please do know we are here for you if you need us. We can even help make a confidential conference call to the police if that could be something you would like to do. You can always contact us at our 24 hour hotline 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929). Take care.
                    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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                    • what would happen if i ran away ?

                      okayy, so i really want to runaway from home but i dont know what to do. for the past months or so i have been getting treated really badly. all i want to know is if i run away, what will the police do ? will they look all overr forr mee?, will they put pictures out of me?, will they send me to ydc when they find me?, like i really need to know what will happen. i just need a breif description of what will happen. please help me out !

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                      • RE: if i runaway can my mom call the cops?

                        Hello,

                        Thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline for help and information.

                        Depending on how old you are, your parents have the right to file a runaway report with the police if you leave the house without permission. If they file a runaway report, there is a possibility that the police will look for you. There is no way to say what the police will do with certainty because every police department deals with these situations differently. You do have the option to call your local non-emergency police department to ask them how they usually deal with these situations.

                        If you want more information about this, you can give us a call on out 24/7 toll-free crisis line at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929). We are always here to answer the phone to listen and give information. We also have an online chat service available (www.1800RUNAWAY.org) every night from 4:30-11:30 PM/CST. If you reach out to us and give us more specifics about your current situation we might be able to provide you with more information.

                        Best of luck and hope to hear from you.
                        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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                        • I'm 15 and I live with my dad, he rents a room in a house. I had left the house before to move with my mom (my dad knew) but still reported me as a runaway but then I came back to live with him because I didn't get along with step-dad so the runaway report was dropped. I don't disrespect my dad, I do good in school but he doesn't let me out AT ALL I stay home all day everyday. I don't plan on running away but I do plan on leaving the house without permission just to go out and come back the same day. So if my dad reports me as a runaway the day I leave and come back the same day what can the cops do? what if I do it constantly? Would they send me to juvenile hall? Please answer , Thanks.

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                          • RE: if i runaway can my mom call the cops?

                            Hi,

                            Thanks for reaching out to us for help. It sounds like you are having a really tough time with your dad right now. It must be really frustrating that he won't let you out of the house. Just so you know, most police departments will not take a runaway report before a minor has been missing for at least 24 hours. Running away isn't a crime, but if you make a habit out of leaving without permission, you could get into trouble after repeated offences, such as breaking curfew, truancy, and running away. In some states, youth can be placed in juvenile hall for that. Have you thought about talking to your dad about negotiating how you can have more independence, or how you could gain his trust? It sounds like you are having a pretty tough time right now, so if you want to talk this over with anyone, we are here to listen and support you in any way that we can. Call 24/7 at 1-800RUNAWAY (786-2929) or chat with us on www.1800RUNAWAY.org every day between 4:30pm and 11:30pm CST. We are looking forward to hearing from you soon!
                            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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                            1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

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                            • if I run away what is the worst thing the cops can do to me

                              I have been wanting to run away because I feel like I don't matter to my parents anymore. All they do is fight and now they're getting a divorse. If I run away can the cops and DHS get involved?Could i be put in a different home? please answer back

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                              • RE: If I run away what is the worst the cops can do to me

                                Hello,

                                We're glad you reached out to us at NRS. We're sorry to hear that life at home has been so difficult for you, but hopefully we can provide you with some helpful information. It's important to note that we are not legal experts and do not provide legal advice, but we can tell you some general information about running away. It is not against the law and is not crime to run away. Typically, the police will simply return youths back to their legal guardian(s). However, anyone who you stay with that is aware that you left home without the consent of your legal guardian(s) can potentially be charged with harboring a runaway.

                                If you have anything to report, such as physical, verbal, or emotional abuse, you can contact child protective service in your state and file a report. If you have something to report and would like assistance with filing that report, please do not hesitate to call us.

                                You can reach us 24/7 at 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat with us during the hours of 4:30pm-11:30pm. Running away can be a stressful situation to find yourself in and we are here to support and provide you with resources that help you in any way we can. Please continue to advocate for yourself and reach out to others for help. Good luck.

                                Best,
                                NRS
                                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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