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  • ccsmod7
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    Hi there, thanks for reaching out today. It's smart of you to reach out with this question, we are not legal experts but we can answer your question generally.

    Typically, youth who are listed as a runaway will no longer be considered a runaway after they turn 18, if 18 is your state's majority age (the legal age you become an adult). However, we cannot speak to what it could look like for running away while on probation. It is possible that there could be legal repercussions even when you are 18 if you run from your probation.

    If you would like to talk more about your situation or help with brainstorming your options please do not hesitate to reach out via phone or chat: 1-800-RUNAWAY; www.1800runaway.org. We are here for you.

    Best,

    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    same person 17& on probation when I’m 18 will the missing persons report still be valid?

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  • ccsmod9
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    If you have contacted NRS today through another means (for example, live chat, email or bulletin) for the same issue, it would be helpful to let us know that you have already contacted us. NRS understands it takes courage to reach out for help; therefore, we would like to minimize the need for you to repeat your situation and avoid offering you duplicate services.
    Best of luck,
    NRS

  • ccsmod9
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    Thanks fr reaching out to us here at NRS. Our hope is to provide you with the resources and tools to best help you with making the right decision for you. Because you are on probation for you to run away would mean you face much steeper actions. If you are on probation it means the court has ruled you cannot go anywhere else. Meaning if you ran away you could not find work but also might face some court or jail time.
    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

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Hi I’m 17 and on probation could I runaway from one state to another and work without any trouble since it would only be a local missing report that was filed?

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  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Hi I’m 17 on probation and wondering if I ran away from one state could I go to another state and work?

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hi,
    Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. You must feel exhausted having gone through all of this. You demonstrate bravery and self-awareness in developing a plan for yourself and asking these important questions.
    First of all, it is important that you know that no one deserves to be abused as you have been. Your rape, molestation, and subsequent emotional abuse from your parents must be heavy traumas to carry. That you are able to talk about these demonstrates immense maturity. No one should have to endure the kind of physical and emotional abuse you are enduring currently in your home. If you do not feel safe in your home, you can always call Child Help, the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1(800)-422-4453. You can also call the police if you are in immediate danger at home.
    As far as your concerns about the legality of running away go, we can provide only general legal information. It is not illegal to run away, but if your parents report you as a runaway, the cops can take action to find you. Running to other states might make this harder on the cops, but they can still take action to find you. This all said, you should not ever be forced to return to a place where you do not feel safe and protected.
    Again, thank you for reaching out to us. If you ever feel like you need to talk through your feelings around these issues, we are always here to help and listen. You can call us at any time at 1-800-RUN-AWAY. Good luck to you.

    Sincerely,
    National Runaway Safeline

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I’m 15 and i’ve been wanting to run away for a while now. My mom was on drugs really bad so that caused my dad to drink so i was the oldest and i had to take care of my little brother before i thought about myself and that was from ages 5-14. While that was going on i was raped and mollested at a party on my 14th birthday. Now i’m 15 and they tell me how big of a disappointing child i am and tell me that i deserved to be raped and mollested as a kid they also hit me and verbally abuse me everyday i’m in the house. I have this plan on where to go and how i’m going to survive but i’m scared about the cops if they find me and i beg them not to take me back will they still take me back or would they take me to a home? And if i run away and i end up in another state what happens ?

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  • ccsmod0
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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 sounds like you still have quite a bit that you need to plan before you make your move. We want to leave you with some basic information about running away from home. First off we want you to know that we are not legal experts nor are we affiliated with the police so we can only speak generally about what could happen if a youth leaves home without the consent of a guardian. Leaving home without parental consent (running away) is not a crime, so the police will not arrest you. If you do leave home without permission your guardian does have the right to file a runaway report. Running away is not a crime it is a status offence (something that only a minor can get in trouble for: truancy, buying cigarettes, etc.) this means that if you have any interaction with the police they will simply return you home. On the other hand the people that you are found to be staying with could face legal consequences that vary depending on your state. You can find out more about how runaway’s reports are carried out by contacting your local police department. If you would like we could contact your local non-emergency number for you or with you. Just give us a call and one of our trained liners would be happy to assist you.
    You also make a good point about things being awkward with your friend’s family. It is a big responsibility to take care of a child, especially one that is not yours. It could be a good idea to talk to them about expectations and rules of their house. Getting a good understanding of how long they expect you to be there and the responsibilities you would have entering their family. Especially because they would be the ones getting into legal trouble for having you there.
    You mentioned that in route to Mississippi you plan on going to a couple of different shelters which sounds like a great plan but you might want to call ahead to make sure that they can service you. Most shelters are separated by age and then by gender. Since your planning on taking your sister with you it could be worth checking into to make sure that you two stay together. On top of that making sure that the shelter you are planning on going to is a youth shelter (a shelter that works with youth 17 and younger) keeping that in mind, unfortunately, most shelters are required by law to alert your parents that you are there unless you tell them about abuse or neglect in your home life. If you do report abuse or neglect then they might let you stay there for a few days before contacting guardians or Child Protective Services to file an abuse report. But, this is different for every shelter. If you would like to explore this option more, please give us a call. We can help you locate shelters and help call them with you.
    It sounds like you and your sister share a special bond and you want to make sure that you are doing what is best for both of you. We know that you have the support of your sister but it could be beneficial to have additional support from someone else. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) 1-800-950-6864 is a great organization that can help you locate some local resources for counseling or peer support groups.
    Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. 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 chat soon through our website www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button) if you are unable to call in. We unfortunately cannot give advice as we are non-directive. You know your situation best
    We hope to hear from you soon.
    Be safe,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    13 year old contemplating running away with sister.

    Hello, I live near Tampa, Florida and I’m planning to run to Brandon, Mississippi, where my friend lives. I’ve already planned everything out, the shelters I would go to and how long it would take (a little over three weeks) but I’m not sure if it’s a bad idea or not. I don’t know how much money I need, how much food I should bring from home, or what to bring in general. Plus, it’s getting cold and I don’t really have a great coat.

    I don’t have any family in Florida, (other than my immediate) Alabama, or Mississippi, so I’m not necessarily worried about running into them. I’m more worried about two things, weather and running into the police. A full two of the three weeks would be spent in Florida, which is where I assume the most people would be looking for us. If I ran into the police, would they take me back immediately? Would I be able to not go back if I explained my situation?

    I don’t necessarily live in an abusive household, more like a household where there’s almost always yelling happening. If it’s not my older brother, it’s me, my little brother, or my sister. I’ve grown up my whole life with my sister, because she is my twin. She is the person I care about most. I can handle being yelled at for a while, however I CAN’T STAND when my mom yells at her. It’s a mixture of her yelling at the two of us and her not treating my depression. If anything, she makes it worse. I could literally be having a good day and as soon as I encounter her, I leave wanting to kill myself. I don’t believe I will be able to make it to 18 in her house.

    There’s no telling what my parents would do if I got back to them after running away.

    I have another worry, not really relating to this, but I thought I’d share. If my friend’s parents do let us stay there (I bet they will, they’re very nice and loving)I’m not 100% sure that it won’t ever not be awkward. I feel like I would just be like “hi I’m here and I’ve brought my sister please support us as if you were our parents.”

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  • ccsmod4
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    Reply: I'm 14 years old living in palm beach county florida

    Hello,
    Thank you for writing to us here at the National Runaway Safeline.

    We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on.
    We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email or bulletin for assistance. If you would like to talk more in detail and share more about how we can help specifically, 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 or seek emergency assistance immediately.
    We hope to hear from you soon.

    Take care,
    NRS

    We hope this response was helpful! We’d love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis email/forum. Your feedback plays an important role in helping us improve our services to youth and families. Please click the link to fill out our survey: Your Opinion Matters to Us

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  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I'm 14 years old living in palm beach county florida and I want to leave but I don't want to get the rest of the family in trouble legally. I have a friend who will let me stay at least for a week until her mother decides but I don't want any legal problems to happen. please help me the best you guys can.

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  • ccsmod1
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hello there,

    Thank you for reaching out to NRS. We are sorry to hear about your situation and what you’ve been dealing with. Ideally, home would be a place where people feel safe, loved, and valued, and you do not deserve to be treated that way.
    Although NRS is not a legal agency, we can try to give a general idea of possible outcomes if you were to run away. If you are considered a minor in your state, you are still under your parents’ guardianship, therefore at any point when you are gone, they are legally within their rights to file a runaway report. Being a runaway is a status offense, and while you would not be charged with a crime, if police came across you, they would probably return you home. They could also potentially press charges against people who took you into their care for “harboring a runaway;” these charges would be misdemeanors, but still criminal offenses.
    In regards to where you would stay, we would encourage you to consider how you would take care of your needs (eating, sleeping, healthcare), and how you would care for your safety if something were to happen. If you were interested, we also offer conference-calling as an option, where we would mediate a constructive conversation between your parents and yourself in order to reach an understanding, so that both sides would feel heard.
    Additionally, if you had the time and resources, joining another extra-curricular, whether it is a sport, club, or program, could also give you time away from home and the space to explore an interest.
    If you would like to talk about other resources and support, feel free to call our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or use our Live Chat.
    We hope this information was helpful and take care.
    National Runaway Safeline
    [email protected] (Crisis Email)
    1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I’m 14 in Florida and my parents have basically imprisoned me. I can only go to school or home, and at home no one is allowed to come over. I’m only allowed to do homework and chores at home. The only exception is when I’m eating, sleeping, getting ready for bed, or getting ready for school. And then allowed to do anything . No free time at all. The only way to communicate with my friends is at school or through phone. I need to leave. I hate my dad for doing this to me, and my mom for not doing anything about it. I was barely able to get the time away to send this. Any advice?

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  • ccsmod10
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hi there,

    Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to reach out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline. From your email to us here, we can see that you have very similar questions to a lot of our callers and you’re looking for some answers. Hopefully we can help. If you ever want to talk more about what's going on at home, we're here to talk.

    We aren’t legal experts here by any means. One parent usually gets awarded primary custody, so if you were to runaway to your moms house, and she doesn't have custody, she could get in trouble with the law. An option you may want to consider is reaching out to a legal aid and asking some questions regarding what it would take in order for your custody to change. If you are able to give us a call, we would be more than willing to provide you with a resource where you will be able to do so.

    We hope that we were able to help you think a little more about your options and brainstorm some more with you, if you feel like you would still need some more support or go through some more options, please feel free to reach out to us here at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) we are here 24/7. We also have a live chat service which is available from 4:30 PM to 11:30 PM CST. We wish you the best of luck in whatever it is you decide to do and hope to hear from you soon.

    Stay strong, NRS
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