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  • #16
    RE: 17 california run away rights

    Hello there,

    It can be very difficult when you feel like you aren’t being validated for hard work. It’s wonderful that you have a career plan lined up, but there are some realistic boundaries to consider depending on where you live. All states will have a minimum age requirement for work, and for those under that age, occasionally work permits are available. Housing, though you have a place to stay, may be another limitation. It differs from state to state, but most consider the legal age of majority to be 18, which can impact housing and credit availability. Utilizing friends and family around you can be a great way to work through problems you’re having at home. If you’d rather talk to someone in confidential and anonymous way, The NRS hotline (1-800-RUNAWAY) is available 24/7, and our chat services at www.1800runaway.org are from 4:30-11:30PM CST. Feel free to contact us whenever you’re in need. Take care and be safe!

    -NRS
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

    National Runaway Safeline
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    • #17
      17 year old runaway

      Hello, I am 17 and I recently ran away from home. I was reported missing and my parents never told the police I was a runaway when they infact knew I was. I then turned myself into the cps/police and I have been placed in an emergency shelter for youth. My social worker has told me after my stay here I have to go back home where I am being emotionally and physically abused. I will do anything to not be back there and I will most likely run away again. I know of a safe place where I can live until I am 18. What can I do to make this happen? I cannot go back with my parents. What could happen if I ran away again? This would be the 3rd time.

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      • #18
        17 California run away rights

        Hello,
        Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline.
        We are sorry to hear you are in what sounds like quite a predicament.
        We understand your feelings about not wanting to back into an abusive home, you don’t deserve to be abused in any way by anyone.
        Has there been a child abuse report filed against your parents on your behalf?
        There is usually an investigation and interview process following an abuse report being filed. Your well being is most important good for you in showing strength to keep yourself safe.

        We cannot say with certainty what might happen if you choose to runaway again.
        The one thing that you have knowledge of is that you can be detained by the police or placed in emergency shelter. But running away may not be your only option.
        You may have the option to request a child advocate with legal expertise to help you examine what the child rights laws are in your state.
        Justice for children www.jfcadvocacy.org is an organization that advocates for the legal rights of children who are suffering from abuse.
        Their number is: 1-713-225-4357

        How would you feel about speaking with your case manager about your feelings of not wanting to return home because of your parent’s abuse? Perhaps there are some other options someone of your age might have for alternative housing in a transitional living program.
        These are just some things you can think about.

        We certainly hope that things work out favorably for you.
        If you would like to continue to discuss your situation you are welcome to call our 1-800-Runaway (786-2929) 24 hr crisis line or visit our website www.1800Runaway.org for our live chat service available from 4:30pm until 11:30pm (CST).

        Thanks again for contacting the National Runaway Safeline.
        Take Care
        Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

        National Runaway Safeline
        [email protected] (Crisis Email)
        1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

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        • #19
          A question

          Hi I am wondering if I will be in trouble in California if I harbor a 17, almost 18 year old. I am 19, living on my own, and pay all of my own bills. My best friend is 17. His mother mentally abuses him, and his father has physically abuses him before. Between all of that from his parents he turned to drugs, and went to a court ordered rehab, graduated, is off probation, graduated high school 1 1/2 year early, went to a trade school and has his trade at only 17 years old. I want to make sure that I won't be prosecuted for harboring him until he is 18. If it comes down to it, their are multiple witnesses proving his abuse. When I say his mother is crazy, I mean she is CRAZY. Can you please help me :/?

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          • #20
            Thank you for reaching out to us and telling us about what’s going on. It sounds as if you are in a difficult situation and really want to help out your friend but you are concerned about any legal troubles you may face. It’s great that you are taking the first step in trying to find out the information and hopefully we may be able to help you; unfortunately, we aren’t legally trained here so we can’t tell you for sure what would happen but we can definitely try to provide you with some resources.

            It sounds as if you are currently living on your own and have become responsible for your own well being so you would like to help your friend that is being abused by his parents. We are sorry to hear that he is experiencing this; nobody deserves to feel unsafe or scared when they are at home. It also sounds like he overcame a very difficult struggle with drugs and has done very well in school. It also sounds like he has already completed trade school at such a young age; congratulations to him!

            Again, we aren’t legally trained here so we can’t say for sure what would happen if he were to leave home and come stay with you. It sounds like his parents’ are very abusive towards him; has he ever filed a report with Child Protective Services? That may be an option that he has since he is a minor and his parents are legally responsible for his safety and well being until he turns 18. If he were to file the report, then someone may do an investigation and determine that home is not safe for him.

            According to the information that we have, there is not a specific law referring to harboring of a runaway but it may be considered a crime for someone to commit an act that would cause a juvenile to become delinquent, uncontrollable by the guardian or a dependent of the court; harboring may fall into that category. Two places that may be able to give you more specific information would be the local police or a legal aid office. If you would like help getting those numbers or calling them, please give us a call here and we can definitely help with that. Your friend can also call us as well if he would like to discuss his options and explore resources.

            Here at the National Runaway Safeline, we are a confidential and anonymous crisis line for youth in risk. We can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through online chat services from 4:30 PM-11:30 PM (CST), 7 days a week; that is available on our website (www.1800runaway.org).

            We look forward to hearing from you and wish you the best of luck!

            ~NRS
            Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

            National Runaway Safeline
            [email protected] (Crisis Email)
            1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

            Tell us what you think about your experience!
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            • #21
              I'm a 17 year old that wants to run away

              Hey I'm 17 years old I want to runaway because my mom wants to go away and move to new mexico and I don't I wanna stay here with my 19 year old brother

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              • #22
                RE: 17 california run away rights

                Hello,

                Thank you for reaching out to us for help. It sounds like you are in a difficult situation right now and that you are thinking about running away. We are here to listen and support you in any way that we can. If you want to talk to somebody about this, you can reach us at our 24/7 crisis hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or talk to us online through our live chat service between 4:30pm and 11:30pm Central time every day. We are here to listen and support you in any way that we can, so don't hesitate to call so we can answer any questions you might have about your options for staying in California. We are looking forward to talking to you!

                Best of luck,

                NRS
                Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

                National Runaway Safeline
                [email protected] (Crisis Email)
                1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

                Tell us what you think about your experience!
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                • #23
                  Help ??

                  Hi i am a 17 year old girl I turn 18 in 4 months and I live in LA, California
                  I'm wondering if it's illegal to run away and live with my close friend that's 19 turning 20 next month he live 3 blocks away from me the reason I want to leave home is because my mother and step dad treat me like I'm invisible they don't talk to me they don't feed me and when I try to cook my self food my mother says that I didn't buy it to put it back and if my friend buys me food she throws it in the trash and tells me that I need to cut down on food because I'm fat she and I've Been physically and mentally abused by her since I was 7 and I can't handle it any more 2years ago I almost killed my self this lady found me past out at the park and took me too the hospital even when that happened they didn't seem to care and since then my friend has been taking me to specialist to help me but he's the only one that seems to care and he's tired of seeing me in pain every day and since he's been supports me financially and mentally for 4 years now is it illegal to move in with him ? Please help me I don't think I can take more of this abuse anymore

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                  • #24
                    RE: Help ??

                    Hi there,

                    Thanks for reaching out tonight and sharing your story with us. It sounds like you are dealing with so much with your mom and stepdad. You absolutely do not deserve to be treated that way by them. You are very brave for having dealt with that type of treatment for so long. You deserve a safe place to live. So let’s see how we can help you out tonight.

                    We aren’t legal experts here, but we are able to talk through what might happen in general in these types of situations. If you are under 18 years old and you leave home without your guardian’s permission, then your guardian has the right to file a runaway report with the police. It is not illegal for you to runaway if you are not on probation or parole. All that would happen is that you would be returned home. Once you return home or once you turn 18, the runaway report disappears. It doesn’t stay on your permanent record.

                    Now, it gets a little tricky because the closer you are to 18, the less likely the police are to force you back home. If the police find you and you share with them what is happening with your parents, the police may not make you go home and instead they may get child protective services involved.

                    We hope that this information helps. If you have any questions about what we talked about or want to talk through other options, please call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929). We are here 24 hours a day and completely confidential and anonymous. If calling isn’t your thing, you can chat with us through our website (www.1800runaway.org) from 4.30pm-11.30pm Central Time.

                    Best of luck to you,

                    NRS
                    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

                    National Runaway Safeline
                    [email protected] (Crisis Email)
                    1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

                    Tell us what you think about your experience!
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                    • #25
                      Helping a runaway in Oregon

                      Is it illegal to house a runaway in Oregon?

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                      • #26
                        Re: Is it illegal to house a runaway in Oregon?

                        Hello there,

                        Thank you for reaching out to us. Although we are not legal experts, we can try and explain what we know about the runaway laws. Technically, it is not against the law for you to run away from home. In most places it is considered a ‘status offence’. However, anyone a youth would be caught staying with could possibly be charged with ‘harboring a runaway’. This offence varies from state to state.
                        The best way to learn what the charges would be in Oregon would be to contact your local law enforcement and ask anonymously what would happen. All youth have the right to feel safe in their own home. If home is a dangerous place to do due to neglect or abuse, the youth does have the right to tell the police why they left home, and request child protective services get involved.

                        Here at the National Runaway Safeline, we have a large database of resources available. We can be reached at any time at 1-800-RUNAWAY(786-2929) or by live chat at www.1800runaway.org from 4:30pm-11:30pm Central Standard Time. We look forward to hearing from you and wish you the best of luck!

                        - NRS
                        Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

                        National Runaway Safeline
                        [email protected] (Crisis Email)
                        1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

                        Tell us what you think about your experience!
                        https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YourOpinionMattersToUs

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                        • #27
                          We want to runaway.

                          Hi me and my boyfriend are 16.
                          We both have problems with our families. We both suffer from emotional and mental abuse. I was a victim of domestic violence. We want to runaway but the thing is that my boyfriend isn't legal in the U.S.
                          He also has a criminal record, but got taken off probation about a year ago. We really don't want to be in this environment, we need help.
                          Thank you for your time.

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                          • #28
                            17 california run away rights

                            Hello there,

                            You are very courageous for reaching out to us. It sounds like you and your boyfriend are in unsafe conditions at home. You mentioned that you have suffered from emotional, mental, and domestic abuse. You don’t deserve to be treated that way. At the National Runaway Safeline, we are “mandated reporters” which means that if you were to give us any identifying information about the abuser, we would be required to make a report with the Department of Child and Family Services. Otherwise, we are confidential and anonymous. We just want to make sure that you are in a healthy and safe home. In regards to your boyfriend, it sometimes is required to show a State ID to stay at a shelter, but this is something that we can discuss when looking for specific alternative living arrangements. If you are interested in filing an abuse report, finding a shelter for you and your boyfriend, or discussing other options, you can feel free to call us at our hotline (1-800-RUN-AWAY) or talk to us on our chat system (4:30-11:30pm CST). Good luck and we hope to hear from you soon.

                            -NRS
                            Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

                            National Runaway Safeline
                            [email protected] (Crisis Email)
                            1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

                            Tell us what you think about your experience!
                            https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YourOpinionMattersToUs

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                            • #29
                              Running Away

                              Hi, I'm 14, turning 15 in one week. I'm a California teen. I'd rather not speak of my current situation. All I can say is that I would like to run away to somewhere safe, which my house is not. Could I be arrested or put into a juvenile detention center if I'm caught?

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                              • #30
                                Re: Running Away

                                Hello,

                                We’re glad you decided to reach out to us on our bulletin boards. It sounds like you care about your safety and are thinking of running away. You ask if you could be arrested or put into a juvenile detention center if you are caught. While this could happen, there tends to be a lot of uncertainty until it actually does happen. Running away is normally just a status offense; however, if you travel far away or have committed another crime, it is possible police would detain you at least until your parents/guardian pick you up or your court date (if you have committed another crime.)

                                To continue talking about your question, we encourage you to Live Chat with us. All you have to do is click on the red Live Chat button on our homepage any day between the hours of 4:30 and 11:30pm CST. Hopefully that helps give you a start and best of luck!

                                -NRS
                                Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

                                National Runaway Safeline
                                [email protected] (Crisis Email)
                                1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

                                Tell us what you think about your experience!
                                https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YourOpinionMattersToUs

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