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  • I am 16 and living at my house is just hard deaking with my mom I've read that in Nevada u can legally leave your house with your parents consent as long as you aren't in any danger is that true?

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    • ccsmod13
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      Hello,

      Thank you for reaching out to NRS! From what you mentioned, it sounds like living with your mom has been difficult. We are not legal experts by any means, but we can share some general information with you.

      If your mom gives you permission to live somewhere else where you are safe and being taken care of then you could leave home without any police intervention. If you were to leave home without your mom’s permission then she would have the right to file a runaway report. Running away is not illegal, but if police know where you are then you would likely be returned home. Your local police department will be ably to answer more specifically how they handle runaway reports. You can call the non-emergency number to ask any questions you might have anonymously.

      Please do not hesitate to reach out to us by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or chat at 1800runaway.org if you would like to talk more about your situation.

      Take care,
      NRS
      Last edited by ccsmod13; 08-01-2019, 04:44 PM.

  • If I’m just going out with my friends and I’m 16 years old but my mom doesn’t want me going out with them. Can my mom call the police and tell them to go get me and they will.

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    • ccsmod15
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      Hello,
      Thank you for reaching out during this difficult time. It sounds like you are worried about your mom calling the police on you if you leave home. Just to let you know, we are not legal experts, but technically it’s not against the law for you to go out and hang out with your friends without your mom’s permission. However, your mom does have the right to call the police on you and list you as a runaway if you have been missing from home. Some police stations will require a youth to be missing for over 24 hours before making the report though. You can always call your local police department and ask what their laws are. Here at the National Runaway Safeline, we want you to be safe, please give us a call at 1-800-786-2929 if you have any further questions or concerns.

  • But I’m not a run away I just wanna go hang out with my friends for a few hours . Would she call the police to come get me if she said no I can’t go out today or is she not aloud to

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    • ccsmod15
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      Hello, please see previous comment,
      "Hello,
      Thank you for reaching out during this difficult time. It sounds like you are worried about your mom calling the police on you if you leave home. Just to let you know, we are not legal experts, but technically it’s not against the law for you to go out and hang out with your friends without your mom’s permission. However, your mom does have the right to call the police on you and list you as a runaway if you have been missing from home. Some police stations will require a youth to be missing for over 24 hours before making the report though. You can always call your local police department and ask what their laws are. Here at the National Runaway Safeline, we want you to be safe, please give us a call at 1-800-786-2929 if you have any further questions or concerns."

  • Is it true In oregon its not against the law to run away . No one can force you to go home not even the cops . So i was told by dhs.

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    • ccsmod15
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      Hi there, 

      That's a great question. While it is not illegal to run away before you are 18, it is considered a status offense in Oregon and most other states. In other words, running away is not a crime, but you could be detained by police until they release you to your parents. Note that the police can require you to return home even if you don't want to. Another thing to keep in mind is that if you do run away, anyone you stay with could be considered harboring a runaway, which is a misdemeanor. If you're thinking about running away we'd love to talk to you more. We never tell anyone what to do but try to work with you to explore what your best options are. If you can, give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY or use our chat feature on our website's main page. Hope to hear from you! Stay safe! 

      NRS

  • Hello! I’m 11 and I’m planning to run away from home, I have everything arranged,where I’m staying, and what I’m packing. I just wanted to know, if my mom was able to find my location would I HAVE to go with her, or, could I have a choice of staying where I am? I would really appreciate the response, I just want to know before I leave.

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    • ccsmod9
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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. 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. However please know if you are experiencing any type of abuse please do not hesitate to gather evidence and report whatever may be going on. We also help with reporting so that you do not have to feel alone.
      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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