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  • #61
    I’ve been a runaway for 3 going on 4years I’m 16 now when I was 13 I talked to the children services in my state called ocs they have 1/5 star rating I haven’t been in school in a very long time and all I want to do is go to school but I do not want to stay with my mother and step dad

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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. It sounds like you are still away from home but would like to continue your education somehow. There are some cases where you may be able to attend school under these circumstances. To get information on how you might be able to do this we have listed a referral. National Center for Homeless Educational Helpline 1-800-308-2145
      There is a law that exist where runaway/homeless students can attend school called the McKinley Vento Act. You might consider contacting the referral given or the school district in your area and request information about this and if it applies to your situation.
      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).

      Take care,
      NRS

  • #62
    What if you run away at 13 and come at 18, will you get charged?

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    • ccsmod6
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      Hello and thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. While we’re not legal experts, we do have a great deal of experience working with runaways. It is our understanding that if you run away at any age, you will not be charged with anything because running away is not illegal. While your parents can file a runaway report with the police, this would only mean that if the police found you they would return you back home to your parents. It would not mean that you would get arrested or that you would go to jail. However, it may be pretty difficult to avoid being caught for 5 years. If you are interested, we would be happy to talk to you about your situation and what options you might have. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-786-2929 or chat us at 1800runaway.org.

      Take care,
      NRS

  • #63
    Hi i want to run away because my parents are stressful and I cant handle it anymore, it got to the point where I thought my only options where to run away or kill myself. Some people close to me talked me out of it , the sad thing is my parents believe that theres nothing wrong with me. And I want to run to my mother but she doesnt have custody. Can I still go to her and figure everything else out in court?

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    • ccsmod15
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      Hey there,
      Thanks for reaching out to NRS, it seems like home is really stressful right now so it makes sense to feel like you need out. We aren’t legal experts but generally if your mom doesn’t have custody then it would be like running away to any other person. Its possible things could be settled in court, but the police would probably send you to your parent who is a guardian while things are wrapping up.
      You mentioned having suicidal thoughts, it may be worth talking to a counselor or therapist about those thoughts and they can help you work through them a bit. There is also the suicidepreventionlifeline.org which has a hotline at 1-800-273-8255. Or you can call 911 if you feel like you are about to hurt yourself. We care about your safety and want you to have as many resources as possible to help.
      If you have more questions or want help reaching out to a counselor or just need someone to talk with we are here 24/7 on our hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY or through our online chat.
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