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  • Hi I'm 17 and I ran away from a detention center that the judge put me in because I wouldn't stop leaving home. I'm now pregnant and my due date is next January. I turn 18 in September and wondering what will happen to me or my child.

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      Hi there and thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you may be feeling like there is a lot that is up in the air with your future and your child’s future. Sending out this message is definitely a great step to take and we want to congratulate you on reaching out and being proactive in a stressful situation.

      One potential option for getting a better sense of what will happen to you and your child is to contact Child Protective Services in your area. You can make an anonymous call to ask about what role CPS might take in your situation. This is also especially helpful if you plan on receiving maternal health care before having your baby. The CPS representative on the call can provide you with more detailed information on what their level of involvement would be. As long as you do not divulge your full name and contact information, you will be able to receive guidance from CPS without them being obligated to intervene in any way.

      If you would like, we could contact CPS on your behalf or be there on the line during the call. If you give us a call, one of our trained liners will be happy to assist you in navigating the call.

      We hope that this information is useful for you. If you have any additional questions or concerns that you would like to discuss, we definitely encourage you to call us on our anonymous and confidential 24/7 hotline 1800-RUNAWAY or visit our website 1800runaway.org. We would be more than willing to assist you with additional resources and support. We wish you the very best of luck.

  • So I am 14 and gonna be 15 next month and I’m on probation. We live in Colorado and are moving to Oregon and I am running away tomorrow will I violate my probation and get arrested?

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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. As far as your probation you would also find yourself with m,ore serious consequences. 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

  • Hello I'm 21 and I ran from probation in Georgia and now in Nevada. What could I do to make it to where I don't have probation anymore

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      Hi there, thanks for reaching out today.

      Unfortunately, we do not know how you can run from probation and then no longer be accountable for your probation. From our general understanding, if you run away from probation there could be additional legal consequences. If you would like us to look up legal aid resources for you that might be able to help please call or chat us.

      Sorry we were unable to answer your question well. Good luck with everything and please reach out to us if you need any housing resources or support: 1-800-RUNAWAY; www.1800runaway.org.

      Best,

      NRS

  • I been on probation for 2 years already and they added another year on my last court date, I was already on an ankle monitor and the next day I was suppose to go back and get a higher quality monitor and that same day I ran away and I been gone for 3 months since then. I'm 17 years old and im wondering ifI stay gone until I'm 18 will they drop all the charges I have on probation even if I do have a warrant out for my arrest?

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      Hey there, thanks for posting today! Sounds like you are in a tough spot right now. We are here to help!

      We are not legal experts here at NRS but we do have some information on runaway laws in general. What we know is that in order for anyone to know you are a runaway, typically your parent would need to file a runaway report with the police. This lets the police know you are gone and if they find you, they may return you back home. You may want to consider if your guardian would have filed one.

      Some police departments take reports for anyone under the legal age of adulthood (18 in most states). Some stop at 17 or 17.5 since they are so close to legal age. There is no way to know unless you call and ask your police department anonymously, which we can also do with you if you want to call us at 1-800-786-2929. Once you turn 18, you may still be listed, but you are not considered a runaway after you reach legal adulthood.

      As far as the charges for your probation, again, we are not legal experts, so we cannot speak to that. We do have resources for legal services nationwide though so if you want to live chat on this website or call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY, we can provide some for your area too!

      Thanks again for posting and feel free to reach out anytime!

  • Hi I’m 15 and on probation I was wondering if I sneak out and my parents were too catch me and called the cops what could happen could I be arrested and brought into shelter care

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      Hey there,

      Thanks so much for reaching out and sharing a little bit about what's going on, we know that it takes a lot of courage. We aren't legal experts here at NRS, but generally speaking, running away is considered a status offense, meaning that it isn't illegal but something that can't be done under the age of 18. Running away may violate the conditions of your probation, which could be considered a crime and may have punitive consequences. It may be beneficial to reach out to your probation officer/caseworker about the limitations set by your probation.

      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

  • If I Am 18 On Juvenile probation and I ran away from my parents home Would I be Violating Probation?

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      Hello,

      Thank you so much for reaching out to us. It was really resourceful of you to ask for input before you took action.

      We are not legal experts, and cannot give legal advice. We also do not know the terms of your probation, as these will vary from case to case. But even though you are a legal adult in most states, being on probation can definitely make leaving home more complicated.
      The only way to know the answer to your question for sure is by speaking with your probation officer. He or she will know the terms of your probation, and can tell you whether you are able to leave your parents’ home without breaking it.

      In addition to whether you are required to stay in your parents’ home, you will also need to consider how you would attend future court hearings and meetings with your probation officer in your new location.
      If leaving home is in violation of your probation, and you are caught, this would likely result in even more serious legal consequences. Running away from home can make a person more vulnerable to being picked up by the police, particularly if they have nowhere safe to stay. For a person on probation, this is even more serious.

      Thank you again for asking this question, we know asking for help isn’t always easy. If you would like to discuss your options further, we are always here, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929), or chat with us on our website https://www.1800runaway.org/. We’re here to listen, and here to help.

  • I have been waiting for a court date & my probation wants to talk to me next Friday about walking out at school and I’m afraid they make me go in and wait till court but then the judge will probably make me serve the 295 days I have over my head... I’m pregnant and I don’t want to turn myself in if I run away and don’t come back how would I go to my baby’s appointments without being noticed?

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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. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. From what we understand about your situation is that you have broken your probation and want to see if there is any way of not getting caught and forced to come and serve more time. Unfortunately probations can follow you even after you turn 18. If you are asked to go to court you may face a warrant out for your arrest. It is wise to perhaps speak with a lawyer who might be able to explain the legal side of things. 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.
      We hope to hear from you soon.
      Be safe, NRS

  • Hi I’m currently 16 I’m not on probation but I have court for a weed charge and I wanna go to my friends house just for the night because things aren’t right with me and my mom at the moment will I just a ankle monitor put on me when I go to court?

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      Hello! Thank you for reaching out!

      You mentioned that you have court for a drug charge, and was wondering what would happen if you were to leave to your friend’s house for the night. We aren’t legal experts, but in most states, anyone under 18 is considered a minor. If you were to leave the house on your own without permission, your legal guardians can file a runaway report, and whoever you end up staying with, may face some charges for harboring a runaway, even if it’s just for one night. An option you can explore, would be to find thigs that you are able to do at home, and distract yourself from the issues going on with your mom. Try reading a book or working out to distract yourself, while things settle on with your mom. We care about your safety, and want you to be safe. If you want to know more about the runaway laws and consequences in your area, you can reach out to your local non-emergency number for some answers.

      We hope that the information provided to you today have can be of some help. If you need any additional information, or want us to call somewhere on your behalf, you can reach out to us anytime over the phone at 1800) 786-2929. Best of luck!

  • Hi I’m currently 17 years old and 4 months pregnant almost 18 and I’m no truancy probation but I ran away and I have court next week but not planning on going because I left the state once I don’t show up to my court date next week they will fire an arrest warrant against me will it go away after I turn 18 or will it go away at all if I return back into the state?

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    • ccsmod13
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      Hi there,

      Thank you for taking the time to reach out to NRS. It sounds like you are in a tough spot, but you have been very resourceful in searching for more information regarding your situation. We are not legal experts here at NRS, so we cannot say for sure what the exact consequences would be for not attending your court hearing. From what we know running away while on probation can result in further legal consequences.

      If you call our hotline at 1-800-786-2929 or use our live chat services at www.1800runaway.org, we are happy to connect you with legal aid resources that can better answer your questions. If you would like to get connected to any services that might be helpful in your current situation, we are available 24/7 to help.

      We look forward to hearing from you soon so that we can help,
      NRS

  • Well hi im 13 years old and yea

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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 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

  • If I run away for a night or two when I’m about to get off probation soon, but am on house arrest, will I go to juvy? My po is chill but since the corona virus is going on can she do anything about it?

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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 sounds like you are in a unique and sticky situation and it can be confusing on how to proceed. We aren't legal experts here at NRS and everyone's probation is set up differently. It may be a possibility that you could face incarceration from violating house arrest. Additionally, many places have closed due to COVID-19, so it may be best to reach out to your intended destination to verify if it is a viable option.

      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.

      We'd love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis forum. Your feedback plays an important role in helping us improve our services to support youth and families. Please click the link below to fill out our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/we_care_what_you_think

      Stay safe,
      NRS

  • Hi I’m 16 years old and was in a group home and I ran away from there I’ve had troubles living with my grandmother and abusive brother they want to put me back therefore I ran away the problem is I’m not going to school which I want too but don’t want to be with my grandmother or a foster home and my family can’t take care of me because their record I just want to be back Into my home town

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      We are sorry to hear you are going through a rough time right now. You don't deserve to be abused by anyone and it's your right to file a report on that if you want to do so. We'd like to help further but need a bit more information from you to see how we can help. If you give us a call we can work with you to help you figure out what your best options are. We are confidential and here 24/7 at 1-800-RUNAWAY. You can also chat with us via the portal at www.1800runaway.org. Please be safe. We hope to hear from you soon!
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