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  • ccsmod15
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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.
    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 forum 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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    Help me,
    I am 16 years old and im thinking about running away to california from Washington. its illegal to runaway there and i have family in california so i know my way around san fran sisco. what is legal for me to do in California.

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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 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.
    The easiest way to leave home is with your parents' permission. We understand that might be challenging, however, maybe there’s another family member, relative, or a family friend who could help to communicate how you’re feeling to your parents. The second way is through Child Protective Services if safety is a concern which it sounds like is the case. You do not deserve to be harmed. Lastly, you can also look into emancipation options. In most states you need to be at least 16 to be considered and demonstrate that you can support yourself financially and independently. Emancipation often can be a lengthy process and may even cost some money for court fees. We would be happy to look into legal resources if that’s something you are considering.
    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 would like to look into further emotional support options, you can text with a crisis worker at the National Alliance on Mental Illness 24/7 by texting "NAMI" to 741741.
    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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    Hello. I am 17 years old. I turn 18 on May 4tg. My parents abuse me physically and more so mentally. I can’t live like this anymore it is certainly not for me. They want me to go to Med School but I’m already doing what I love In business and they admitted that and they admitted to doing so. Can I runaway and have my own life away from them or will I be cited with a criminal offence or will I have to to wait till I’m 18

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  • ccsmod15
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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.
    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 forum 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
    Hi please help me I live in California and I am 17 years old about to be 18 in 2 months I want to know what are the consequences of running away I want to run away because it’s for the best for me my mother is emotionally abusive she’s always bringing me down always blames me for everything she even told me twice already that the only reason why I’m here in this house is to fix her papers and once I do fix her papers she’s going to kick me out and not care what I do with my life she’s basically using me I’ve been in depression so many times she makes me feel less than I’ve tried to kill myself many times and my boyfriend has been helping me get out of that hole and he told me I could go live with him he’s 18 and I want to know if he could get in trouble if I were to go live with him?

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for taking the time to contact us here at NRS. While we are not legal experts we can speak generally on this. 18 is usually the age you are able to leave home without permission. So if you leave as a minor your mom can report you as a runaway to the police. Running away is not illegal, but it is a status offense. You would not be arrested but your mom can ask police to return you home if you are found. Once you turn 18 the runaway report would expire since you would then be a legal adult with the legal freedom to choose where you live.

    We hope this information is helpful. Please do not hesitate to reach out again by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or through live chat at 1800runaway.org if you would like to talk more.

    Be safe,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    Hello I am a 16 year old male I turn 17 in april I want to leave my home and go stay with a friend till I turn 18 my mother said she will call the police immediately if I do is there any law about me being arrested if I came back when I am 18 after running away?

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,

    Thank you so much for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. It sounds like you are going through a really difficult time and we want you to know that you are not alone.
    Wow you do not deserve to be told those things by your parents and we are sorry that you are having to go through that. One option to consider might be to talk with a school counselor about how you are feeling, they may be able to provide options and can provide support. It is unfortunate that the Suicide Prevention Line has not answered your calls. We want to make sure you have the correct number, they can be reached at : 800-273-8255 and they also have a chat on their website- https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/. If you still cannot get through to someone please call us at 1800-786-2929, and we also have a chat. There is always someone willing to listen and willing to provide support to you. You are important and you are worth living.
    We know you mentioned wanting to run away, 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 home 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 running away is the best decision for you please reach out and we can try and help you find a shelter or a safe place to stay.
    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.
    Stay strong,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    Hi, I'm 16 turning 17 in January, so in about two months. I was doing really well in school, in my social groups, and with my family. But now, I'm failing school, I avoid a majority of my friends now, my mom says I'm a huge disappointment and that I'll be kicked out soon anyways, my father says I'm useless and that I'll never live up to anything. Not only that, but I've had issues controlling my emotions, and I'm also very suicidal. I've called the Suicide Hotline for help too but they never seem to pick up? I feel like running away is my only option left, but I don't know my rights or what I can do and where to go. What can I do??? Thank you :c

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  • ccsmod15
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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 even if you are to go into state/foster care. If you are under 18 and leave home, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. 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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    Guest replied
    I am 16 years old, going onto 17 in April. I want to runaway to a foster home or somewhere else other than my home. My father does not abuse me physically but I do not want to be at home anymore and would rather go into a foster home or care. If I did runaway to a foster home would my father have to get me back even if I did not want to stay? Could I stay in foster care without my fathers approval or would I have to go back home?

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  • ccsmod15
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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. Additionally, if your parents have been ordered by CPS to provide you with therapy or counseling and have yet to do so it could be a violation of CPS mandate and bringing this up to CPS or your caseworker could help you get the help you need.
    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, it’s a status offence so you wouldn’t be arrested since its not a crime but police would try to bring you 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.
    It sounds like you are interested in emancipation. We are not legal experts, but we can help you get a general sense of how emancipation works. Our general understanding is some states offer formal emancipation statutes while others do not unfortunately. Laws vary depending on your location, but in many states a minor can petition the court for emancipation to take responsibility for their own care before they turn 18. Generally speaking, courts are wary about granting emancipation. In most cases, you would have to prove in court that you have an income and can care for yourself financially, and that you are able to live separately from your parents. It also helps to be in good standing at school. The court will also factor in the mental and physical welfare of your parents in order to establish your best interest. Usually your legal guardian would have to agree to this in court. Once you are emancipated, you can legally choose where you live, but you might still find that you cannot sign a lease or build credit until you turn 18. The emancipation process can take several months or up to a year, and may cost money in the form of court fees and other expenses. Usually, the best way to learn about emancipation in your state is to contact a lawyer. You may also find information at your county family court. We can look up legal aid resources that may be able to help you with the process.
    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
    i just turned 16 two months ago, ive had cps at my house before and they said i needed to go to counseling. After they left my parents made it clear they would never allow me to go to therapy or anything like that, they took me out of regular school so they can keep an eye on me at all times. They are very controlling and my dad is mentally and emotionally abusive and has said phrases such as "youre a waste of space" and "youre no use around here" not only to me but all of my siblings including my three year old brother. I've been thinking about getting emancipated for a while now and I was waiting until I turned 16 so i can get a job and qualify. I ended up getting a job but my parents are trying to make me quit it but if i have to quit i wont be elligible for emancipation. Just being here is traumatizing and im having difficulty with my school work because of that. I cant have any meetings with my school counselor without my parents being able to monitor it. I have no privacy ever, they took away my door months ago and i just dont think i can handle staying here for another 2 years. I have brought up going to my local youth shelter and my parents made it clear that if i stepped out the door they wouldnt hesitate to call the police and get me arrested and if i ever ran away to a friends house they would call the cops and get my friends parents arrested for aiding a runaway. I've felt stuck between a rock and a hard place for a very long time and I thought staying here was the right choice but now im not so sure and i know that whatever I choose there is going to be bad consequences for me and for my family. Should I try to get emancipated before they make me quit or should I runaway?

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  • ccsmod4
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    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 would like to be of assistance to you if we can. It is times like these that would be nice to have a listening ear. It is also important that you remember to exercise self- care. You showed some by reaching out to NRS. Good for you. What you have been experiencing sounds very sad and very unfair. You do not deserve to be abused by your parents. It’s not your fault that this has been happening.
    Your feelings are important and they matter.
    You deserve a chance to be happy and safe. You have the right to report any abuse to child protective services. To do so contact Child Help at 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org NRS can also assist with filing child abuse reports.

    You talked about running away and wanting information on what might happen if you did so. We’re not legal experts and can only offer some general information.
    If you are under 18 and leave home without permission, your parent/guardian may file a runaway report with the police. If picked up by the police you may be returned home.
    Also anyone found to be aiding or harboring a runaway could face legal charges. For more specifics on the law, contact the local non-emergency number to the police department. You might also consider looking for legal aid services online.


    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 so that we might learn a little more about your situation and how we might assist you. 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 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.

    Take care,
    NRS
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