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    I have a 16 year old grandson that is leaving in SC! His father pasted at a young age and his mother is on drugs! He is living with his fathers mother and hates it there! He tells me he's going to run away! His grandma has nothing todo with me because of his mother! Which is sad! If he would come here I can be charged is that the law? I'm just looking for some help because i don't want no trouble! But he is more than welcome to my home I just don't want to be in trouble!

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  • ccsmod6
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    Thank you for reaching out to us. We’re sorry to hear you have such a rocky relationship with your mother. Hopefully you can get your other to relax a bit this evening. Though it is not really against the law to run away in most instances it is against the law to harbor a runaway. It sounds from what you said that your mother might be willing to make this hard on your friend and her family and it doesn’t sound like you want to. Is it possible your mother might change her mind as the evening wears on and could you arrange another night to have a calm evening at your friend’s?
    Again, thank you for reaching out to us. We realize how difficult it can be to ask for help when you are trying to figure out your options. If you would like to discuss your options further feel free to chat with us at 1800runaway.org or call us at 1-800-Runaway . We’re here to listen, here to help.

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    My mom and i have been fighting since i was young just cause that’s the relationship we have. But we fight so much to the point where we are screaming and she makes threats and I do and all that. But usually when this happens my plans get cancelled and all my devices are taken away leaving me with nothing. Even if I do nothing wrong, or even when I do what I need to do she still says no because of the mood she is always in. If I stay at my friends house tonight and turn off my location app and not tell her where I’m going, she will call the police saying either I ran away, the parents picked me up or I’m being unsafe or anything. Could I get in trouble by police if I just want the night to myself. I don’t want police showing up at my my friends door with all my friends in the room, I don’t want my friends parents to get into trouble or me. I want to stay at my friends and have a calm night with out any trouble or legal action what’s so ever!!! Please help!!!

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  • ccsmod9
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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 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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    I'm thinking of running away.

    I have recently been talking to my girlfriend about running away from me because both of our lives at home aren't great. So we've been talking and we are both 16. Is it legal to run away at 16? If we have a safe and happy place to be, will we be okay to run away? Also, what if the police get involved? Will they force us to go back home if we're safe?

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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 your friend is faced with right now and you’re wanting to find a way to help them as they mentioned wanting to run away. It’s great that your friend has support and concern from you especially since this time is quite difficult for them.
    You questioned if the police will actively look for your friend and put out an amber alert. First we want you to know that we are not legal experts but to our knowledge amber alerts are for kidnapped and suspected kidnapped youth. And if you want to know how far the police will go to find her it could be a good idea to reach out to your local police and ask them what steps they take.
    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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    My friend Is 16 ... she is going to run away in a couple months. She is going out of state to a safe stable house. But is scared how far they will go to find her. She knows she can make it out of state. But wants to know will an amber alert be sent out if she leaves a note saying she willing left and didn’t want to stay.

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  • ccsmod4
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    Reply: I'm sixteen and my parents...

    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 frustrated by the lack of respect given to you from your parent’s. You don’t deserve to be insulted or treated unfairly.
    Your feelings matter. We are not legal experts and only can provide some general legal information. Someone under 18 that leaves home, their parent/guardian may file them as a runaway and they may be returned home if picked up by the police. Also, those that a reported runaway stays with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. Anyone found to be assisting or aiding someone to run away may also find themselves at risk legally. For more specifics on the law, you might consider contacting the local non-emergency number for the police. This number can be found online.
    We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. If you would like to talk more about your situation 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.

    Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).

    Take care,
    NRS

    We hope this response was helpful! We’d love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis email/forum. Your feedback plays an important role in helping us improve our services to youth and families. Please click the link to fill out our survey: Your Opinion Matters to Us

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    I'm sixteen and my parents don't physically abuse me but they insult me and treat me like dirt. Can I still go to a friends house and him not get in trouble?
    Last edited by ccsmod4; 12-13-2018, 02:35 AM.

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  • ccsmod10
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    Hi there,

    Thanks for reaching out to NRS!

    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. It’s brave of you to reach out during your time of need. We have a database of resources and if you’re able to call in, we can try to brainstorm with you and get a better idea of your situation. If you have run away and somewhere to stay, we can try to find a runaway shelter for you.

    Our safeline is open 24/7. We also have a chatting service via our website, if you’re not comfortable talking on the phone. The best way to contact us would be to call in and talk with our trained liners.

    Be well, NRS

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    I'm 16 and I want to run away from my stepmom and stepsisters because they make me feel like I'm a nothing.

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  • ccsmod10
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    Hi there,

    Thanks for contacting National Runaway Safeline.

    It seems like you are dealing with a rough time. It must be very difficult to have lived in a toxic and abusive home. You are quite strong to have made it this far. To answer your question, there is not a designated person you could contact to get any permission to stay with a friend aside from your legal guardian or parent. However, if you are feeling like your home is toxic and abusive, as a minor, you do have the right to report abuse. With reporting, you would likely be removed from the home or, due to already being close to 18 and if that is the legal adult age in your state, there may be an option for an alternative living arrangement if the reporting results in an investigation. If you would like to know some of your options regarding reporting, please give us a call. If you do not want to do any reporting, which you do not have to do at all, we would like you to know that it is not a crime to leave your home. You have every right to decide what is best for your wellness and your safety. At your age, you are considered a minor so, if you do choose to run away and your parents or legal guardians choose to file you as a runaway, you do risk the possibility of having to go back home or to a living arrangement of your guardian or parent’s choice if you were to encounter authorities while still being the age of a minor. However, considering the things going on in your home and the fact that you are one year from legal adult age, there may be some ways to avoid being returned back home depending on who you inform about your circumstance and your reasons for leaving. If you would like to explore your options further or talk about things, we are here to help and you are more than welcome to give us a call on our 24/7 hotline at 1800-RUNAWAY.

    You can also chat with us live at any time by visiting our website at 1800runaway.org.

    We hope to hear from you soon.

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    Guest replied
    I’m 17 1/2 and left home. am I able to contact someone to allow me to stay with a friend??? I come from a toxic and abusive home. I feel it’s best if I live apart. What can I do?

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  • ccsmod10
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    Hey 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, if you’re thinking about leaving home. It’s great that you were able to find out some information about our hotline. Hopefully we can help.

    As a minor (under the age of majority), you aren't able to leave home without your parents’ permission. We aren’t legal experts, but what generally what typically happens if a minor runs away, is that your parents would be able to make a runaway report. As far as we know, you can’t be arrested for running away but if the police find you, they can return you home. A good way to find out exactly what the police protocols are in your city, would be to reach out to your local non-emergency police. You can ask them hypothetical questions about running away. If you'd like, we can also look for legal aid resources.

    If you give us a call on our 24/7 fully confidential hotline, at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) we could help answer some of those questions you have and could potentially help you brainstorm a solution to the issues you are having. We also have an online chat service through our website (www.1800runaway.org) if you don’t feel like calling in to talk on the phone.

    Best, NRS

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    Guest replied
    runaway cuz I can't take it anymore can the police force me to go back home

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