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  • ccsmod5
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    Hi,
    Thank you for reaching out with your question. We’re not legal experts, but we can give some general information. To our knowledge, running away is not a crime and is not usually punishable with jail time. If you choose to leave home as a 16-year-old, your legal guardians would have the right to file a runaway report and if the police are able to locate you they will return you home. If you do manage to “fly under the radar,” so to speak, until you are 18, it’s unlikely that you would run into any “trouble.” Thank you again for reaching out. If you need additional resources or have any other questions, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-786-2929. Take care!
    --NRS

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    I live in goergia, if I'm 16 and I runaway but don't get caught till I'm 18 can I still get introuble? Or be introuble?

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  • ccsmod15
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    Thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you’ve been going through such a tough time, but we are here to support you and help you in any way we can. That sounds stressful to not feel comfortable at home.

    We’re not legal experts here at NRS. Generally it’s not illegal to leave home, so you wouldn’t go to jail. But your mom could file a runaway report, the police could get involved, and they could bring you home. The people you’re staying with could potentially get in trouble for having you stay there. You could consider calling your local nonemergency police department to ask about their policies. We also have legal aid resources here if you have specific questions about the laws in your state.

    If you haven’t already, you could consider reaching out to a trusted adult, relative, worker/teacher/counselor at your school for help and support. You could also consider talking to your parents about how you’ve been feeling. Just so you’re aware, we have a conference calling service here where we could help mediate a conversation between you and your parents.

    There are also many resources that could help you find a safe place if you’re in need or help you with anything else you may need. If you want to talk more about what’s been going on, or if you would like more information about resources, you can call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929) or chat with us online.

    Again, thank you for contacting us. It sounds like you’ve been going through a really hard time, but you’ve shown a lot of strength by working through these challenges and reaching out for help. If you ever need anything in the future, please feel free to call us or chat with us online. We’re always here to listen and here to help.

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    Leaving or Running Away

    I'm 16 and I hate being at home but my mother has full custody of me and I live in arkansas and I want to leave and Move with my sister or father but Idk if I can do that wait can I? also can they send me to jail for running away? and will the police force me to move back home?
    Last edited by ccsmod15; 09-02-2018, 01:31 PM.

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  • ccsmod5
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    Hi,
    Thank you for reaching out. It sounds like you’re having a difficult time at home with your parents. From what you have described, it sounds like your local police would not pursue you if you left home at 17 years of age. If you run away, your parents would not necessarily get in trouble, but they are obligated to notify the police that you are no longer with them.
    Thank you again for reaching out. We hope this was helpful and we encourage you to reach out by phone if you need additional resources or need help figuring out your options. Our number is 1-800-786-2929 and our lines are always open. If you have a moment, we'd appreciate your feedback of our crisis services at the following link:
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/we_care_what_you_think

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    Im 16 and i ran away once. My parents found me after a while of reaching to my friends. We had gotten into an arguement the day before and they took my phone away and all my possesions. The next day i went to school. I usually ride the bus home. My parents dont know any of my friends. From what they have heard of they dont like any of them. Well i got onto one of my friends busses and stayed at her house. I wasnt worried or anything. I was honestly happy that i was away from the drama at home. My parents are really strict. Well throughout the time, my dad managed to get into my phone and he called all my friends and people i texted on the daily. One of my closest friends didnt know i ran away so she just told him i went to Janelles which was where i was staying. He got the address and went over. So i left because i didnt want to start anything with Janelles family. He took me to the police department and they signed me as a runaway. After a while the police officer told me Im not forced to live with my parents anymore at age 17. Im considering on leaving my house at that age. But i dont want my parents getting in

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  • ccsmod16
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    Hello! Thank you for reaching out! It takes a lot of strength to ask for help and we appreciate your courage.
    It sounds like you have put a lot of thought into this situation. It is very smart to put this much planning into leaving. You might want to consider, if you haven’t already, where you might go, how you might get there, how you might support yourself, what important items or documents you would need to take with you, and what you might do in a medical emergency. 
    At National Runaway Safeline, we are not legal experts, but running away, like you mentioned, is a status offense. This means that it is not a criminal offense and you won’t get in legal trouble for running away. It is just something you can’t do because you are under the age of 18. It does mean that the police are able to return you to DSS if they find you. Once you turn 18, then you are legally allowed to go where you wish and can no longer be considered a runaway. Because this is not a criminal offense, no legal consequences should follow you into adulthood.
    If you have more questions or want to talk more specifically about your situation, feel free to call us at 1-800-786-2929. We are 24/7, toll free and completely confidential.
    Thanks for your question!

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    Hello , I am 16 and I want to run away. I am property of DSS. i have a plan and I am aware and certain of the success rate and consequences if I do. But my question is if I return to my home at 18 can i still get in trouble by the police if someone reports my return for what i did two years ago ? By the way I live in South Carolina where it a status offense to run away

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  • ccsmod10
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    Hi there,

    Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to reach out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline. From your email to us here, we can see that you have very similar questions to a lot of our callers and you’re looking for some answers. It seems like there must be a lot going on in your life, especially at home. It’s great that you were able to find out some information about our hotline. Hopefully we can help.

    Legally you are a minor and under your guardian’s supervision until you are 18, or are emancipated by a court of law. If you decide to leave or move out home before then your guardians could file a runaway report on you. Running away is not a crime, but it is a status offense. This means the police could detain you until they release you to the care of your guardians. Harboring a runaway is when that party are not giving accurate information on a runaway’s whereabouts. That could lead to a number of different legal issues such as misdemeanor charges (fines or jail charges). From what we know it isn’t something that typically happens, but it is in place to detour individuals from helping runaway minors from not returning home or lying on a runaway’s behalf.

    We also have legal aid resources in our database. While we’re not law experts, we can try to find one in your area, there may be legal ways for you to be able to move out of your house. If you’re interested in emancipation, we connect you with those legal aid resources who can help you with that process. We’re here to try to brainstorm options with you.

    We’re here if you’d like to talk more about what’s going on at home. You are always welcome to call into our 24/7 crisis center, or use our chatting services via our website. However, the chatting service is not open 24/7. So the best way to tell us everything would be to just call into our hotline and talk to one of our trained liners.

    Be safe, NRS

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    Guest replied
    Hi I’m 16 and I have a place to stay and it’s a very stable home unlike the one I am in right now...I am thinking about running away but I don’t want anyone to get into trouble...I am currently trying to be emancipated too is there anything that can help that?

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  • ccsmod11
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    Hi there,

    Thanks so much for reaching out. Feel free to talk to us more about your situation, and to receive some support for depression or other mental health issues. If you run away from home and the police find you, they're most likely just going to return you back home. It's unlikely you'll get arrested, but we are not lawyers. If you are concerned that returning home will cause you to be unsafe, you can let the police know, and they can contact child protective services to help you out.

    Best,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    I'm 15 years old and I'm in a bad situation with my family and if I stay with my house hold my life will fall into depression even worst and if I leave home for a couple of days I will feel better but will the cops find me or what happens when I come back home I'm dead

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  • ccsmod11
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    Hi there,

    Thanks for reaching out. It sounds like you’re going through some really difficult times with your foster parents and we’d like to help.

    Firstly, we want to let you know that being abused in anyway is not okay and is nothing you deserve. It’s not your fault that your foster parent’s husband abuses you verbally and calls you names. It’s also very upsetting that your mother gets drunk around you and it makes sense how this could affect you negatively. Please feel free to reach out to us at 1-800-786-2929 to discuss with us your feelings and any way that we might be able to help you. We also can help you look for mental health counseling in your area, and you can also find providers using findtreatment.samhsa.gov. We would love to talk to you about any of your mental health concerns, including hurting yourself.

    As far as your questions about running away, we can try our best to give you general information about runaway laws. You can read more about general runaway laws on these forums, but generally in our experience, youth who run away are not arrested, and are just brought back to their guardians by police. If you have more specific questions, feel free to reach out so we can try our best to answer them.

    Best,
    NRS
    Last edited by ccsmod11; 07-28-2018, 04:42 PM.

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    Guest replied
    I'm not 16 I'm 15 but I have been living with a foster parent for 9 years just about but she has custody of me but she only want me because the check she gets from me. But her husband he abuses me verbally like he calls me two face, I'm not good, I'm a peice of sh*t,I'm a good little made,fat a$$ etc. And i used to hurt my self (cutting) and sufferd from depression but I'm okay I haven't cut I'm about a Year now I don't want to do that and I now I'm better than that to but I still have depression and I don't want to see a psychologist now more because I don't like to take meds makes me feel not myself and i ts not that bad. I just miss my real family so bad and then that on top of it.. My real dad is trying to get custody of me because I want to be with him but making a court date is so long. My foster parent she don't even tell him to stop like she don't care and she is a drunk if her husband leaves I've got it on video and send it to my dad because it can be used in court. ((But if I was to runaway at 15 what would happen like someone could pick me up and not be found until I was 18, would I get in trouble with the law and go to jail or what?)) I live in KY.

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hello and thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. We understand it can be hard to ask for help. We are sorry that you do not feel comfortable at home and that you feel this way.
    We are not legal experts but if you were to move in with your boyfriend, he and his family could be charged with harboring a runaway and your parents/guardians can file a runaway report and send the police to search for you. However, if you were to get your parents permission to live somewhere else, you could do so. It could be a good idea to talk to your parents and see if they are open to letting you leave home.
    It takes a lot for someone to ask for help, so thank you for reaching out. If you have any further questions or want to talk about your situation you can call us at 1-800-786-2929 or message us on ouru website www.1800runwaway.org. We are here to listen, here to help.
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