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  • I'm 15 and I live in South Carolina What should I do if my mom kicks me out of the house?


    • ccsmod2
      ccsmod2 commented
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      Hello There,
      Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. We are not legal experts but we do have some information on what could happen. Because you are a minor if you were to leave without permission your legal guardian could file a runaway report. If the police were to find you they most likely would bring you back home.
      If there is abuse going on at home you do have the right to report. There are a few ways to go about making a report. One option would be to call Child Help at: 1800-422-4453. You can also call us and we would be able to help you make a report.
      We hope that this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any other questions or would like to explore more options please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to listen and provide support to you. Best of luck!

  • So i wanna go to my moms house and kive with her buh my grandparents have custody of me so if i just go and stay with my mom will i be forced to go back to my house even if my grandparents hit me and stuff


    • ccsmod4
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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. You don't deserve to be abused. It's not your fault that this is happening.
      While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent/guardian permission. If you are under 18 and leave home, they may file you as a runaway and if picked up by the police you may be returned home. Also, those you stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. However if you are at risk of abuse at home you could make the police aware of it. You also have the right to file an abuse report with child protective services by contacting Child Help 1-800-422-4453 by filing a report an investigation will take place to access the level of risk. It may also be a good place to explore options for staying with another family member or maybe someone you trust as far as transferring custody.

      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); (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,

  • So can i just go to my moms even when my grandparents have custody of me


    • ccsmod1
      ccsmod1 commented
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      Hey there,

      Thanks so much for reaching out and sharing a little bit about what’s been going on, we know that it takes a lot of courage. We aren’t legal experts here at NRS, but generally speaking, if you do opt to leave your home your legal guardian (in this case your grandparents) can file a runaway report, which is essentially a missing person report. Running away is a status offense; this means that it isn’t illegal, but it’s something you can’t do while still a minor. If a runaway report is filed and you are located by the authorities you will most likely be returned home, even if you are with another family member, like your mom.

      If you’d like to go over what’s going on in depth, or if you’d like to explore other options that you may have available to you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. You can also chat us by clicking on the “CHAT” button on top of our homepage. We’re open 24/7 and here to listen and support you in any way we can.

      Stay safe,

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