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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,
    Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen.
    Running away is a big decision, and we want you to know that your safety is the top priority. We are not legal experts but for you to be enrolled in school, usually a legal guardian would need to register you. You would also need forms, such as your birth certificate and immunization records.
    Also the current school you are attending, if you stop attending they would most likely report that to your parents. You could always speak to a school counselor about your situation, and they may be able to let you know on enrollment requirements. They would also be able to provide support and resources.
    You and your friend do not have to deal with this situation alone, we can talk through options and offer support to you. Please reach out to us by chat or by calling 1800-786-2929. We are available to you 24/7.
    Best of luck!
    NRS

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    Me and my friend are planning on running away I would like to know if I am allowed to go to school we are both age 12 and need to know if we could register in school

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,
    Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. It is great you are reaching out on behalf of your friend, it shows that you care and that you are a supportive friend.
    We are sorry to hear what your friend had to go through, they do not deserve to be abused. They can always file an abuse report by calling Child Help at 1800-422-4453. They can also chat or call us and we can help with filing an abuse report.

    It is hard to tell if the school would be on your friend’s team or on the cop’s team. Usually the school would get involved if your friend has missed a number of days and can result in truancy. They also be trying to help. Your friend can consider calling the school counselor and talking to them about what is going on, they do not have to provide a location in this case.

    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. We are available 24/7 to listen and to provide support.

    NRS

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    I’m asking for a friend , my friends parent is a drinker and would physically and mentally abuse my friend , my friend decided to stay at a relatives , but my friends parent called the cops and got the school involved , they don’t know where my friend is located , but my main question is , what can the school do about it? Are they on my friends team? Or parents and cops team?

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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. You do not deserve to be verbally or mentally absued. 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. 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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    Hi i’m 14 in the 8th grade,and i’m planning on running away from my parents.i’ve been verbally and mentally abused for years now and I can’t take it anymore.i have everything planned but I don’t know where i would stay

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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. 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. We unfortunately do not give direct advice, but we can elicit options! We can help talk through the plan and see what safe places are available to you.
    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

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    Guest replied
    Hi. I am almost 14 and my gaurdians get drunk a lot. They often fight and many times, with me. I am on the verge of running away and if I do I know there is most likely no turning back. I want to know if you guys think I am thinking the right choice and where should I stay. Also, can I bring my phone because I believe they can track it. I am really afraid of doing this but I might have to. Can u guys give me some advice.

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,

    Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. It is understandable to be stressed out with school you are not alone.

    We are glad that you decided to reach out to us, you do not have to deal with these thoughts alone. Suicide is very serious please reach out if you are feeling suicidal to a friend or a trusted adult or family member. You can also reach out to The National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1800-273-8255. We want you to know that you are important and you are worth living. Suicide is forever your situation you are in now is not forever. Another option to consider is to talk to a teacher or a school counselor about what has been going on.

    We are not legal experts but your legal guardian does have the right to file a runaway report. If the police were to find you it is a possibility that you would be brought back home. You can try talking to your parents about how you are feeling and what you are going through. Also sometimes writing your feelings down may help.

    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. We are here 24/7 to listen and to provide support.

    NRS

  • ccsmod8
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    Hello there -

    Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to reach out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline on our public forum. We are always here to listen and here to help in any way that we can. It can be very frustrating not knowing what to do or what your next step might be from this point on. If you can, please read through these past threads to make sure that someone else hasn't posted something similar that might be able to help.

    If you want to ask specific questions, look for some safe places nearby, or maybe find a place to vent about what you are feeling right now. It’s hard to talk to just anyone one about what has been going on. Please rest assured that we are completing confidential. So anything that you share with us will stay between us. We don’t ask for any identifying information, unless you want to report any abuse. You can chat with us by going to our website (www.1800runaway.org) and clicking on "chat".

    We certainly want to help you.

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    Im 13 and i was really stressed out cuz of school so my two options were suicide or runaway so i chose runaway im right now living in a different country and im thinking should i give my parents a chance I really dont know

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    Im thinking about running away

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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 your friend is faced with right now and you’re wanting to find a way to help them as they mentioned wanting to be adopted or to run away. It’s great that your friend has support and concern from you especially since this time is quite difficult for them.
    In direct answer to your questions:
    1) Their parents would likely report them as a runaway and police would look for them and try to bring them back home. Your family could potentially be at risk of a harboring a runaway charge depending on the situation as well.
    2) To be able to live with you they would need parent permission or your family was fostering/adopting them.
    3) Generally, the only way for another family to adopt a youth would be if they had been removed from their birth family by child services, or their parents had given up rights for them to your parents. Even then it might be a bit of a drawn out process.
    Having a space to vent and explore options may often bring out a solution previously not thought of. We are here as support to help you and your friend through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat. 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).
    We’re here to listen and to help and hope you or your friend can reach out soon.
    Take care,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    Hi, I'm a 12 year old girl and I was having a thought about what would happen if my 10 year old friend runaway from home to live with me? How would she be able to live with me and not be forced to go back with her legal guardian? Is their a way to adopt her please help!

    -Thank you!
    -Anonymous girl

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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 sounds like you’re quite overwhelmed by things at home right now. It sounds like you’re fearing that the situation may end in suicide if things don’t change. Your safety and well-being is important. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255); www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org is also a great resource to reach out to in addition to our crisis services.
    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. 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.
    Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. This may be an isolating and lonely time for you, but 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 call or chat soon. Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).
    We hope to hear from you soon.
    Be safe and stay strong,
    NRS
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