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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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    Guest replied
    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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  • 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

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    Guest replied
    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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    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."

  • 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.

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    Guest replied
    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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    Guest replied
    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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  • 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.

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    Guest replied
    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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  • ccsmod1
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    Hey there,

    Thanks so much for contacting us, it takes a lot of courage to reach out and share your story. It must be really hard to live with your parents since they yell at you so frequently. Running away is a big decision and it can be very stressful to figure out what you want to do.

    It’s important to consider all the possibilities that can occur if you leave home. You will need to plan out how you will cover basic necessities like travel, food, clothing, etc. You mentioned that you are planning on staying with a friend; it’s good to see what the expectations of the living arrangement will be like; rules, the amount of time you’re allowed to stay, if you’re expected to contribute financially, etc. Living on your own can also bring about many safety risks. You will need to consider ways that you can protect yourself from physical harm as well as the possibility of exploitation. This can all influence your decision to leave.

    It sounds like your parents aren’t listening to you when you are trying to express how upset they make you. It could be a good idea to work with a local family counselor or have a conversation mediated by a school counselor/social worker, trusted friend, or family member to help clear the air. If you'd like, you can also call us directly and we can conduct a conference call with your parents so you have a safe environment where you can express yourself.

    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,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    Hi I’m 14 years old and I have been planning to run away since I was 12 BASSICALLY? I have been tired of getting yelled at for almost everything by my mom and dad I know where to go I have it all planned out I’ll change my hair change everything I’ll be at a older friends apartment that will also be running away this is tiring because I’ll really miss my baby brother but this is really important to me I have to do this they make me upset all the time

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  • ccsmod13
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    Thank you for reaching out to NRS!

    It sounds like you have been having a difficult time at home because of how your parents treat you. Home is somewhere that should feel safe and supportive. It must be frustrating when your parents only discipline you and not your sister.

    We cannot give expert legal advice, but we can let you know some general information from what we know. If you leave home without your parents’ permission, they do have the right to file a runaway report. Running away is not illegal, so you would not be arrested. If the police know where you are, they will return you home.

    It sounds like your cousin and your friend are people that you trust. We encourage you to reach out to them for support. They might be able to offer you a listening ear or help you talk to your parents about how you have been feeling. If you do want to talk to your parents about what has been going on, we can help through our conference call service. If you call NRS at 1-800-786-2929, we call your parents together and make sure that you feel heard.

    Please do not hesitate to reach out through phone (1-800-RUNAWAY) or chat (1800runaway.org). We are here 24/7 to listen and support you,
    NRS
    Last edited by ccsmod13; 07-19-2019, 11:38 PM.

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    Guest replied
    I want to runaway right now and I dont know where I am going currently, and I dont know whats the best time, I also dont know what to pack Im only 12 and my parents don't treat me like im there child they never disicpline my soster or anything, and im wondering what will happen if i do run away and my mom calls the police, what will happen when they find me, I'm thinking about going to my cousins house or my friends house, but they are both far away

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  • ccsmod9
    commented on Guest's reply
    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.
    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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