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  • Hi I’m 15 I will be 16 in October, I’m in an abusive home and my father is an alcoholic I plan on running away after I turn 16 and I need to know since I don’t feel safe at home will the police force me to go back there? I have already tried DSS and they did not help me. I want to get away from there so bad. I already have a family that says they would be willing to let me live with them until I turn 18, what do I need to do for them to gain custody of me?

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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. From we understand about your situation it is hard to say because typically your parents would have to let go of their custody willingly. Moreover when someone cant take care of you the responsibility falls on the family so aunts or uncles to take care of you. So it would be hard to get your friends family to take you in. 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).
      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

  • If your parents tell you to get out of the house and not come back and its on camera that they tell you that and you leave can you get in trouble for leaving?

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      Hi there, thanks for reaching out today. Sounds like your parents told you not to come back home, that sounds really hurtful to hear.

      We are not legal experts, but we can speak generally.Typically it is illegal for a guardian to kick out a youth with nowhere to go, so you might be able to report the neglect to child protective services. However, if your guardian threatened to kick you out in the heat of the moment, but did not force you out it could be a different situation. Generally speaking, having that video evidence could help you if you decide to report to child protective services or police, but it does not emancipate you from your parents, they still have their parental rights.

      Please do not hesitate to call or chat us if you would like to talk through your situaiton: 1-800-RUNAWAY; www.1800runaway.org. We are here to listen, here to help.

      Best,

      NRS

  • I’m 16 years old and currently live in my mother’s house. I really want to leave and live with my girlfriend. I’ve finished high school and when I try to go to my girlfriends she makes comments like “ you can’t spend all summer up there” and she grounds me day after day so I can’t leave the house. I’m desperate to leave home and everyday I spend stuck in her house I’m closer to harming myself or running away. Please tell me is it legal for me to walk out of her house?

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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. Though leaving the house isn't illegal getting you back home once the runaway report is made will be something you have no option of you will be sent home no exceptions. 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

  • I'm 16 and I'm old enough to move out where do I go and keep my job.

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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

  • since my mum has left to live in newzealand , every time I do something wrong my dad tells me to f**k off to newzealand with my mum . he just keeps telling me to f**k off to my mans house , newzealand and just yells at me , accuses me of ******** . My family just keeps saying stuff like " if you do this again you will be going to live with your mum " " f**k off to your f**ken mums* blah blah blah and then they either hit me n ******** I feel like just leaving ..... And I want to stay with my friend for a bit to just have some space for a while. I don't know if this is true but can someone with a blue card take care about someone else's child? I'm 14 and I don't know what to do . I don't know if this is relevant to anything that's on this site but yeah

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      Thanks so much for reaching out. That takes a lot of courage. We’re sorry to hear that things between you and your family have been tough lately. You don’t deserve to be hit or spoken to in that way. That’s a lot for anyone to handle and we’re here to listen if you need some support. We’re also glad to hear that you have a friend nearby who you could potentially stay with. We aren’t legal experts here, but there’s a few things you might want to know about the laws that affect who you can stay with as a minor. If you were to leave home to stay with your friend without your dad’s permission, your dad (or your legal guardian) would have the right to file a runaway report which could then launch a police search. Filing a runaway report is meant to return you home to your legal guardian. While you would not be in any legal trouble for running away, the friend who you are staying with could potentially be charged with harboring a runaway if a runaway report had been filed. To answer your question regarding the blue card specifically, we need some more information. We would be able to address that aspect of your question over phone or chat.

      There are some other options which could allow you to stay with your friend legally. One would be to get your dad’s permission. There are some more in depth and permanent options as well which you could consider if you’re feeling unsafe at home. It is possible for you to file an abuse report which might then lead to an investigation by Child Protective Services and could ultimately lead to you entering into foster care. You could also file for your emancipation which is a process that can take some time and requires you proving your independence to a court of law. If you want to talk more about what any of these options looks like, we would be happy to talk to you on the phone at 1-800-RUN-AWAY or over our chat service. We can also help think of strategies for asking your dad if you can stay at your friend’s for awhile. We hope that answers your questions. Thank you again for reaching out!

  • In need of help

    im only 16 but I need help I want to go to a new place with my friend I finally find a place where I can get a job at 16 so I can pay rent to leave with friend he is 18 so I just want to know If I will be able to stay cause mum will call the police straight away and do a Search straight away so will I be forced to go back

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      Hi, and thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it takes great courage to reach out.

      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 parent's permission. 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 and be able to demonstrate that you can support yourself financially and independently. Emancipation often can be a lengthy process, may cost money for court fees, and may require your parent/guardians consent. We would be happy to look into legal resources if that’s something you are considering.

      If you'd like to talk in more detail about your situation or have any questions please call 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or chat with us (www.1800RUNAWAY.org) as we can best help by phone or chat. Best, NRS

  • Me and my girlfriend want to run away we are 15 both of are life's are miserable her mom wont take care of her and my parents are always yelling and wont stop. Were could we go and not be forced back home ?

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      Thank you for reaching out to NRS. It sounds like you and your girlfriend are both going through a very tough time and we hope we can connect you with some resources that may be helpful to you. No one should be treated the way you are being treated.
      We're not legal experts but we can provide some general information that may be helpful. In most states, the age of majority (when you can legally leave home) is 18. If you do leave home, your parents can file a runaway report.
      Running away is not illegal. If you are picked up, the police would likely take you back home.
      If you are staying with someone else, and you are picked up there, there is a chance they could be charged with harboring a runaway.
      Police handle runaway and harboring cases differently in different jurisdictions. The police may or may not actively look for you. If you call the non-emergency number of your local police department and they may be able to tell you how they would handle cases like yours. If you are not comfortable making the call, please feel free to call us and we can call for you.
      Our primary concern is that you remain safe and off the street. If you feel that your safety is threatened, you can always call 911. You can also consider contacting National Safe Place at www.nationalsafeplace.org or text SAFE and your location to 44357. They will provide you the location of the nearest safe place near you.
      You and your girlfriend could also consider contacting Child Help (the National Child Abuse Hotline) at 1-800-422-4453 or www.childhelp.org. They may be able to talk to you about your situation and offer additional resources to help you deal with what you are going through.
      You can also always contact us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929). We have volunteers available 24/7 to talk and to help you find resources that may be helpful to you.
      We wish you the best!
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