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    Hi I am 16 years old ....m sick of life m sick of doing mistakes n now I feel I've become a headache for my family I wanna run away ...m from India ......but I have no idea how will my life be after that .....will things be fine

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  • ccsmod3
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    Hello,

    If you have contacted NRS today through another means (for example, live chat, email or phone) for the same issue, it would be helpful to let us know that you have already contacted us. NRS understands it takes courage to reach out for help; therefore, we would like to minimize the need for you to repeat your situation and avoid offering you duplicate services.
    Best of luck,
    NRS

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    I’m 16 years old and my mom hates me ! She says i can leave & i don’t have to stay here but she’s gonna call the police to cover her tracks .. will i be arrested for leaving ? i’m constantly getting put down , called out my name , cursed out .. plus nothing ever seems to be enough .. my aunt said i can come over there but .. i just want to know if she does choose to call the police will i be arrested or forced to come home

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  • ccsmod2
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    Thank you for reaching out to us here at National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you have a plan about running away and becoming a rapper in Hollywood once you turn 16. Having a plan about where you would go and how you would take care of yourself is important. We are not legal experts but in most states a person has to be at least 18 before they can leave home without permission. If you decide to runaway at 16, your family has the right to file a runaway report. With a runaway report, if the police find you they would return you home. Running away is not against the law but, if you decide to stay with a friend they could get in trouble for harboring a runaway. We hope that this information is helpful, please feel free to contact us directly via our 24 hour crisis hotline (1-800-786-2929), email, or live chat.

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    Im tired of my mom and the rest of my family. I am 14 yrs old and I want to run away at 16 yrs old and start a rapping career in Hollywood. I want to know will anything legally happen to me like the police trying to make me go back home if my family goes to the police?

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  • ccsmod0
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    Hello,
    Thank you for taking the time to write to us here at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like your home life is really chaotic and you would like to and live with your father. While we are not legal experts you do make a good point about parental kidnaping. We have heard of this term being used before but since we are not legal expert we cannot say, that, that is what could happen. If you would like you can give us a call and we can look into some legal representation that might be more suited to answer your questions. We cannot imagine how difficult it must be to be for you to be caught between two parents.

    We want you to know that you do not deserve to be treated the way they have been. A smart and resourceful person like you should be giving the utmost respect. You mentioned that you have opened up to your school counselor about these issues but they never seem to take your side. It must be frustrating to have your mothers influence the people around you. You can always call us to talk about what you are going through and receive some support. We provide free, confidential, and nonjudgmental services. Everyone deserves to be respected and loved. 1-800-786-2929

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    I'm a 16 year old about to turn 17 in March. My mom and I do not agree and she constantly threatens to hit me, but never goes through with it. I'm sick and tired of the threats and wish to move in with my biological father in Missouri. Am I allowed to runaway from my home in Texas without my dad being charged with parental kidnapping? I plan to leave next Monday with him if he does not get into trouble. My school counselor does not help nor assists with this information as my mom is friends with many people at school. If she were to find out that I am attempting to leave she said she would send me to military school. She constantly tells me that I should allow my step dad to adopt me but I do not want to. I don't want to be taken back to her home because the police will think I am a rebellious teen and will return me to her.

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  • ccsmod7
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    Hello there, thanks for reaching out today.

    At 20 years old, you are usually considered a legal adult and can make your own life decisions without your parent's permission including where you live. In most states, you became an adult and had those rights at 18. If you are worried about your parents getting police involved, you can always call your local non-emergency police station and ask what they would do if your parents tried to report you as a runaway or tried to force you to stay at home. You can also always call 911 if your parents do try to get physical with you when you leave or if you need an escort, it is never okay for them to get physical with you.

    Please do not hesitate to call or chat us if you would like to talk through your situation, and help with brainstorming your options.

    Best of luck,

    NRS

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    Im 20 years old and am thinking of running away from home can my parents psychcally force me to stay and if they call the police can they do anything.

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  • ccsmod5
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    Hey,
    Thanks for writing in. It sounds like you’re in a tough situation. We’re not legal experts, but generally speaking if you are a legal adult (in most states, that would be 18 years old) you can move out. Your parents should not be able to “cancel” your green card. If you wanna talk more specifically about the situation, please feel free to reach out to us at 1-800-786-2929. Best of luck.
    NRS

  • ccsmod5
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    Hi,
    Thank you so much for reaching out. It sounds like you’ve been through a lot with your dad and now your uncle. You never deserve to be abused and it’s not okay that your family has treated you this way. You deserve to feel safe in your own home.
    Since you are a minor, you would need permission from your legal guardian to stay elsewhere. Since you’ve left without permission, your uncle would have the right to file a runaway report and if the police are able to find you, they may return you home. However, if your uncle does not file a runaway report the police would not look for you. There is also the possibility that the police will choose not to pursue you since you are close to being 18. Your best bet might be to call your local non-emergency police line and ask if they accept runway reports for 17-year-olds. If you’re not comfortable doing that, we can also call out for you if you give us a call.
    We’re uncertain if this applies, but if you’re being abused by your uncle you have a right to file an abuse report. You can do that by telling a teacher, a guidance counselor, or your local police. You can also file an abuse report on your own by calling the National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-422-4453. If you need help figuring out your next steps, locating resources, or connecting with shelters, please feel free to give us a call. Our number is 1-800-786-2929.
    We hope that you have found this information helpful. We encourage you to give your feedback on our services at the survey link below our response. Thank you again for reaching out and we wish you the best of luck.

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    heyy im 18 year old and im haitian and i want to move out but my parents dont and can they really cancel my green card can they really do that

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    Hi, I'm 17, I came from Ecuador and I'm staying with my uncle who is my legal guardian but lately we have been having some issues and I don't feel confortable living with him anymore so I told my uncle that I'll be at my cousins house who is 20 years old so I left home and have been staying at my cousins house for 3 weeks. My uncle wants to put a demand on my cousin because I have been staying at her house and don't home. My parents are in Ecuador and they want me to go back but I don't want to go based on that I came from Ecuador because my dad was to aggressive with me and he use to hit me so much with no reason so that;s I came from Ecuador now I don't have a good relationship with my uncle and don't want to be at his house anymore, so they want to force me to go back home and force me to go to Ecuador were I do not feel safe. I want to stay at my cousins house but my parents neither my uncle would agree and I don't know what to do because I don't want to go back home, I feel safe and confortable at my cousins house. I would like to know what I can do in this case? can you help me? I'm in NJ.
    Last edited by ccsmod5; 02-14-2018, 07:25 PM.

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  • ccsmod1
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. We are here 24/7 to listen and to support.

    We are not legal experts, but generally speaking because you are a minor, if you leave home and your parent or guardian files a runaway report you could be returned home. It is not illegal to run away, but there could be legal consequences for whomever you stay with for what is called harboring a minor. One option you would have would be to call out to your local police department and inquire about how they handle runaway reports for 17 year olds, as some states don't take them for a person that close to being considered a legal adult. If you give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) we could help walk you through these things or answer other questions you may have.

    Don't hesitate to give us a call,

    NRS

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    Guest replied
    So im 16 bouta be 17 and i hate living here at home and i wanna leave but what will happen legally if i do

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