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  • ccsmod1
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    Hey there,

    Thanks so much for reaching out to us. We aren't legal experts here at NRS, but in general, once you turn 18 you are considered a legal adult and can live where you wish. The only exception to this is Nebraska and Alabama where you need to be 19 to be considered a legal adult, and Mississippi where you need to be 21. If for any reason you are unable to take care of yourself your parents can petition adult guardianship and need to be granted guardianship by a court. If you are currently under guardianship and not being taken care of in an appropriate manner, you can contact your state's Adult Protective Services agency.

    Be safe,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    I'm over 18 and I still have to live with my parents what's that called

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  • ccsmod1
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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. It must be really hard to live in a home with so much tension. Running away is a big decision and it can be very stressful to figure out what you want to do. We aren’t legal experts here at NRS, but generally speaking, if you do opt to leave your home your stepmom 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. Runaway reports are entered into a national database and are only invalidated once the youth turns 18.

    Generally speaking, most transportation companies (airlines, bus lines, etc.) will not let unaccompanied youth travel without a parent or adult chaperone. So, even if you are able to bring an ID like a passport you may not be given the opportunity to use it. 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. If you have a place to go in mind, 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 sexual and labor exploitation. This can all influence your decision to leave.

    It sounds like the tension between you, your sisters and your stepmom is making you very uncomfortable at home. 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 stepmom 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
    Hello,

    I am 11 and I want to runaway with my 13 year old friend. How long will I have on till I can’t go on a plane then my passport will give me away to the police. Do busses require a identification card or number? I have Two sisters about my age and they treat me like TRASH, my stepmom dose not care what so ever and my dad died and he was the only one that loved me.

    I would love a reply, Thanks

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  • ccsmod6
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    Hello and thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. Unless you are living in Alabama, Mississippi, or Nebraska, the age of majority is 18. That means that as soon as you turn 18 you have the right to decide where you live. Once you are the age of majority in your state the police cannot force you to live anywhere unless you are breaking the law. If you want to provide some more details about your situation, we would be happy to provide you with whatever information we have available. Please call us on our 24/7 hotline 1-800-786-2929 or chat us at 1800runaway.org.

    Take care,
    NRS

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    I’m turning 18 in a few days. I’m going on a trip with my friend and her parents. Can my mother report me as a runaway and if so will the cops come looking for me even if I turn 18?

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  • ccsmod10
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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 sounds like you’re quite overwhelmed by things at home right now. It sounds like you’re fearing that the situation may end in suicide if things don’t change. Your safety and well-being is important. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255); www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org is also a great resource to reach out to in addition to our crisis services.

    Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. This may be an isolating and lonely time for you, but you are not alone in this. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time.

    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).
    We hope to hear from you soon.

    Be safe and stay strong,

    NRS

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    Guest replied
    i hate my mom and i wanrt to kill my self

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out to NRS with your question. We are not legal experts, but we can share some general information with you. If you leave home without permission your parents can attempt to file a runaway report. In the event that this happens, they can have the police pick you up and bring you back home if they know where you are. Once you return back home, you are no longer considered a runaway. If the runwaway report is filed successfully, it might be a good idea for your parents to call the police to notify them you are no longer a runaway. However, the police will not need to come to your house after this regarding the report. Running away is not illegal, so you do not necessarily need to be concerned with getting in trouble with the police rather consequences for this would be decided by your parents.

    We hope we were able to answer your question. Do not hesitate to contact NRS by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or use our chat services at 1800runaway.org if you have any other concerns/questions.

    Be safe,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    If I run away and my parents filed me as a run away but I go back a few hours later are my parents forced to call cops and let them know I came back if so will the cops come to my parents house?

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  • ccsmod7
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    Hey thanks for reaching out to us, it seems like your mom has been unfair to you for a while now. It certainly seems unreasonable to be so mean verbally as well as threaten you over a picture you posted. It makes sense that you would feel frustrated by that and want to escape the situation, especially when she turns around and doesn’t seem to care about you going to school.

    Generally when there is verbal abuse at home the best way to avoid it is to be somewhere else safe as much as possible. This could be at school doing sports or clubs, or a trusted friends’ house, even an after school job might help you to have something to do outside of home.

    It might be worth asking your mom to consider family counseling or anger counseling. We can help you look up resources in your area on the phone if you wanted. Of course that assumes that she is willing to try that. If not it might be worth it to have a counselor just for you. Someone safe to talk with who may not know your mom might be enough to vent your frustrations.

    If you do feel like you need to run away having a plan is going to be key to your safety. This could be a place to stay long-term, where you might get a job, how you will go to school etc. We are available to help consider your options anytime at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or online chats on our website.

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    I’m about to be 16 in sept and my mom has been emotionally abusing me for like I don’t know ever since middle school and last night she found out I posted some not so inappropriate picture just for fun and she verbally hurt me and threat me and I want to run away , I don’t want to be with her anymore what can I do , and she even didn’t care today that I didn’t go to school.

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  • ccsmod3
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    Thank you for reaching out to us to help you figure out options. We are not legal experts but it looks like in Michigan you are not considered an adult until you are 18. This means that if your parents filed a runaway report you wouldn’t be charged with anything but more than likely taken back to them. You can also find this information if you go to Sexetc.org. This is a good resource for you to have since it seems like you wanted to know the options available to you. If you live in a different state they may have to place you in a surrounding shelter until they could transport you back to your original city and state. You can also contact your local non-emergency police department to ask about the policies.
    If you have any other questions or concerns you can contact us at NRS at 1800-RUNAWAY. Thank you again for contacting us.

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    Guest replied
    If a 16 year old runs away the first time in grandrapids mi can he go to juvi?

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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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