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  • re: git out

    Hey there,

    Thank you for being able to reach out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline, it seems like you are going through a pretty tough time at this point in your life and we are glad you were able to turn to us. We want you to know that we are here to listen and to help.

    So, from what you have shared, it seems like your girlfriend is going through a tough time, if at any time she ever feels like she is in danger, she can always call the police. She can also give us a call and we will be able to assist her with what she is going through. In order for her to be removed from her home, she would need to go through Child Protective Services. If she is interested in making a report, she can contact the Child Help USA Hotline at 1-800-422-4453. At that number she would be assisted with making a report.

    As we mentioned earlier, she can give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY and we will be able to assist her with exploring her options. We are here 24/7 and would be happy to help her. We wish the both of you the best of luck in whatever it is you all decide to do.

    Stay strong,

    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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    • Runaway

      I'm 15 & Im listed as a runawy now , but I wanna get to school and everything but I know I can't go to a public school . So am I able to do online school ?

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      • answer please

        Hello. I'm thinking about running away and yes it's the only thing I can do in this moment. Actually I live with my mom. She is always fighting with me for stupid reasons and many times she told me to move out to my dad. She is alcoholic, my dad used to be on drugs and I'm with him almost every weekend but I don't want to see him. He doesn't get the fact that I'm not a little child anymore and I know how to take care of myself. He also keeps touching my ass which I think is inapropriate and it disturbs me.

        But about the run away. I'm from Europe and I want to run away to another country. I will have a place to live, friends who will take care of me and I will even have a job. Just being curious about if police will search for me in another country or not? Thanks for the answer.

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        • RE: Runaway

          Hello,

          Thanks for reaching out to us for help. You said that you are a runaway and you know that you cannot attend public school because you are listed as a runaway. It sounds like you could enroll in public school, but you are worried about being forced to get into touch with your parent or legal guardian or made to return home. We are here to listen and support you in any way that we can, but we are not experts. Have you researched your online school options? Online schools usually cost money, and they may require some kind contact with a legal guardian. It sounds like you are in a tough situation, so feel free to call us if you want to talk! 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.

          National Runaway Safeline
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          • RE: answer please

            Hello,

            Thanks for reaching out to us for help. It sounds like you are in a really tough situation with your family. You mentioned that you don't get along with your mother, who is an alcoholic, and you don't want to stay with your dad either because he used to be on drugs and he touches you inappropriately. Nobody deserves to be treated that way, and we are here to listen and support you in any way that we can. However, our organization is in the United States, so we don't have any information about running away in Europe or running to another country. It seems like running across international borders could be a big risk, especially if you don't have permission to live and work in that country. Have you ever reached out to anyone in your community about your options? You might consider reaching out to a local social service agency or law enforcement for answers to your questions, because they might have more info about how things work in the country you live in. We are here to listen and support you in any way that we can.

            Best of luck,

            NRS
            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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            • help

              hi im 16 years old, and in about 2 months i will be 17? my question was if i leave as soon as im 17 in april can my mom report me as a runway?
              this year and last year lets just say i have done bad & we dont get along on good terms anymore.. we just barley tonight had a huge fight.. she emotioally abuses me? i am willing to find a good shelter and place to stay.
              my school i go to in texas isnt needed a parent for me to keep going to re register it just keeps going? i can find a job and provide for myself as i have been, the point is i can figure this out i know this is a huge decision & its risky and can be worse but i cant live with someone i hate for abusive words.
              i just need to know if she can physically call the cops? and they take me home..

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              • RE: help

                Hello,

                Thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline and sharing with us some of what has been going on. It sounds like your family dynamics are not very supportive. It must be hard for you right now. We think that it’s a great step you took in reaching out to us. We are here to listen and support you in what ways we can.

                You asked a really good question, if the police will force you to go back home. We are not legal experts, but we can speak in general terms what might happen if you decided leave home. Running away from your parents is not a criminal offense, it is a status offense. This is the same thing if you were caught ditching school-you would be brought back home if they found you. If you were to leave without their consent, your parents would have the option of filing a runaway report with the police. This lets them know that they cannot be held legally responsible for you. If found then they would most likely bring you back to your parents. If you are staying with anyone, then they could possibly be charged with harboring a runaway, which is a misdemeanor offense.

                You mentioned that you are turning 17 soon. 17 can be a tricky age and it really depend on your local police department if they will force you to return home. It is great that you have a job and are able to provide for yourself, if you do decide to leave that might be a factor in not forcing you to return home.

                You also mentioned school and your parental consent. Generally speaking, you need your parents to enroll you in school. If you did decide to leave the police may advise that your school be aware of your status. This way when you do show up for school they can let your mom know where you are (for legal reasons) One resource I can offer you is a way for you to enroll in school without your parents consent is vis the McKinney Vento Act. This has a slogan of “enroll now, ask questions later.” For more information about how this law applies to runaways go to http://www.serve.org/nche/downloads/briefs/youth.pdf. You would have to get in touch with the Homeless Youth Liaison in order to enroll into school under the Act. For more information you can go to http://www.serve.org/nche/states/state_resources.php . This is somewhere you can go in hopes of finishing school in the US if your parents do not allow you to.

                We hoped this helped and if you would like to discuss your situation in greater detail you can call us on our hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY or you can chat with us every day from 4:30pm-11:30pm. We hoped this helped and we look forward to hearing from you. We wish you the best of luck.

                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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                • I want to run away.

                  I can't stand living with my parents, just recently I got in trouble in school and had to have a parent meeting with the assistant principal and my parents, which led to me confessing that I'm actually besexual. My parents are Christian and believe that I'm being influenced by my girlfriend. Basically, they're making it seem like I can't be who I am and ever since I was little, they've always put me down and I feel like a burden to them. I'm only 16 and I want to run away so bad. I know that each state has laws pertaining to run away teens, so I was wondering if I do run away, will the cops find me, force me back home and I get house arrest? Or will the cops find me and do an investigation on why I decided to run away? I live in Baltimore btw. Please answer.

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                  • re: I want to run away.

                    Hey there,

                    Thank you for being able to reach out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline, it seems like you are going through a pretty tough time at this point in your life and you are ready to go. We want you to know that we are here to listen to you and to help you in the best way we can. Just know that you do matter and we are here for you whenever you need to talk.

                    From what you shared, it seems like you had a difficult time coming out to your parents. Being able to do that not only shows your strength but it also shows your courage. If you feel like you need someone to talk to about being bisexual, you can always reach out to the LGBTQ National Hotline at 1-888-843-4564. There, you would be able to talk to someone about coming out and be able to receive the support you need.

                    Unfortunately, we are not legal experts here, which means that we would not be able to accurately say what would happen in your state. But I can give you some general information. To start off, running away is not illegal, it is rather a status offense which basically means that you are not allowed to do it because you are a minor. Because you are still a minor, your parents are allowed to file a runaway report and if you are found, you would typically just be forced to go back home. The only way you would be arrested is if you were on some sort of parole or probation. As I mentioned before, we are not legal experts so if you would want the accurate answers in your state, you can always reach out to your local police department or reach out to a legal aid. Below I have provided you with a resource to a legal aid:
                    Family Law of Maryland
                    Phone number: 1-800-845-8550

                    Website: www.mdlab.org
                    • Website offers phone numbers for legal aid bureaus on a local basis.
                    • Maryland residents should call the office closest to their location.

                    If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us, we are here 24/7 and would love to hear from you, our phone number is 1-800-RUNAWAY. We wish you the best of luck in whatever it is you decide to do.

                    Stay strong,

                    NRS
                    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
                    [email protected] (Crisis Email)
                    1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

                    Tell us what you think about your experience!
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                    • I have a question if my feonce is 17 and her mom is causing her emotional abuse and has told her to get out before do I have any legal way to protect her and get her away from her mother

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                      • re:

                        Hello,

                        Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you really care about your fiancé. We are here to help you and your fiancé in any way that we can. No one deserves to be treated that way. How old is your fiancé? If you want to call in and talk to us more about your fiancé’s situation we are confidential and anonymous. We do have legal aid resources that we would be happy to provide you as well. Also, if your fiancé wanted to call us we can talk about her options with her such as counseling or legal resources.

                        It’s really great that you’re reaching out for guidance during this situation. We’re here to support you through this and talk through any other options or just listen to what’s going on. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or chat us through our website (www.1800runaway.org) from 4.30pm-11.30pm Central Time.

                        We look forward to your call or chat.

                        Good luck,

                        NRS
                        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
                        [email protected] (Crisis Email)
                        1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

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                        • runing away

                          hi I am 16 and live with my 14 year old girlfriend we have been dating for quite awhile now and we are always taking crap from her parents and entire family that were not good for each other and we always fight and we're lazy and whatever but we actually do do a lot. We are wanting to run away. We have places we can stay and I am emancipated so I know that I am okay but what would happen to my girlfriend being only 14.

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                          • Running Away

                            Hello,

                            Thanks for reaching out to NRS. It sounds like you having been dating and living with your girlfriend and possibly her parents for some time. Things have been pretty difficult there and you feel that the stress has become too much to put up with so you and she are thinking of running away.
                            You are emancipated and seem to feel you would be okay to leave however you are wondering what might happen with your girlfriend if she were to leave? It also sounds like you have places where you can stay.
                            Is that right?

                            It possible her parents could file her as a runaway with the local police. This action would put her name in the national police crime database thus allowing all state or local law enforcement to act on any information given to locate and detain her until her parents are notified.
                            Does that make sense?

                            You might also try understand that there are laws against aiding and or harboring runaways.
                            We do not know to what extinct these charges might be.
                            Has there been any other considerations/options towards a constructive plan to cope with the issues at home with her family?
                            It sounds like they do not feel very secure in your relationship and raise concerns about fighting and some other things. It can be tough to have failed communication and lack of understanding.
                            We understand that sometimes it might be nice to have someone listen.

                            You and your girlfriend are welcome to call 1-800-Runaway (786-2929) to talk about your situation and explore some options. How does that sound? NRS offers live chat through our website www.1800Runaway.org
                            NRS live chat is available from 4:30pm until 11:30pm (CST).
                            We are here to listen- here to help.

                            We hope that things will improve with your situation and wish you all the best.
                            Take Care,
                            NRS
                            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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                            • Run away

                              Ok im 18, and i want to move away here are the reasons why. 1. My parents are extremely strict. They even control who I may talk too. 2. I am forced to always go to church, maybe it's a dumb reason but the thing is .... Since they force me to go to church im starting to hate church. 3. I wanted to go to college and study at miami because my dream college is there, they said no that I HAVE to stay here, I have no other option. 4. I'm stuck all the time in this house and they don't let me do absolutely nothing. And I'm just getting tired of it. I don't smoke (nothing, not even weed) I don't drink , still a virgin and plan on leaving that for marriage and I don't do those things because,personly I don't like it and they don't let me do what I want and i just find it not fair , because I want to be independent and go to college and get a career and they don't let me go to my dream college. I live in Florida. My plans are to move in a friends house he is 20 years old, before all of this ... I want to graduate I'm a senior just two month left. Get my school things where they need to be because I want to go to college at the other state I want to go to. Before I leave im going to leave a note saying "I'm leaving and that im ok nobody kidnapped me I just personally do not want to be here with you anymore, I want to live my own life not yours, I appreciate all what you have done for me and im taking everything I've learned from you guys I will keep being the same girl, no parties no drugs nothing bad. I just want to be on my own have my own responsibilities and work go to school maybe get married , and just be the woman that I truly deeply am you just don't let me experience it.Take care, but just know I'm not coming back. I love you. Bye" I'm saying all of this because I want to know if I'll be leaving and then I would be leaving problems behind me. I want to know that if the police gets involved , that I have a choice to come back home or not. And I'm not because I know my parents and if I "runaway" then they will be completely worse and super controlling more than what they are now. Please help , very desperate at this point. Thank you.

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                              • RE: Run away

                                Hello,
                                Thanks for reaching out to us. It sounds like you are in a really tough situation and are planning to move out of your parents’ house. It sounds like your parents are very strict and want you to take a different path than the one you imagine for yourself at college in Miami. You should know that since you are 18 years old, you are considered a legal adult. This means that legally you get to choose where you live and make your own decisions about how you live. If your parents want you to come home, they will not be able to get the police involved, and you will not be considered a runaway because you are not a minor. You can also apply for and enroll in whatever college you want to. However, because you are an adult, your parents do not have an obligation to provide you with housing or financial support. One option could be to talk to a financial aid department at the school you want to go to and see if you will be able to enroll without your parents’ financial support. It sounds like you have a friend who you can move in with and a plan. You mentioned that you will leave a note. Since there is nothing that your parents can do within the law to make you come back, you might consider telling them in person about your decision and talking to them about why you are leaving. This might be a very difficult conversation, but it could help you preserve a relationship with your parents even if you don’t do what they want you to. Moving out on your own can be really stressful and difficult. If you need someone to talk to, or you need any resources, we are here to listen and support you in any way that we can.
                                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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