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

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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. 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

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    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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  • ccsmod7
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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

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    Guest replied
    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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  • 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. 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

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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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  • 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. If you manage to run away and still go to school it is more likely than not that you will be found much quicker. 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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    hi im considering running away from my home im trapped here and my parents never let me leave i feel suffocated and cant take it anymore but if i do run away how long can i go without police finding me? if i still attend school will they try at take me home after school??

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  • ccsmod7
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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 and you mentioned being harmed by your mom. We’re sorry you’re going through this. You don't deserve to be hurt in any way. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. You may also be able to report any mistreatment to CPS. Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org is an organization that helps protect minors from being harmed. It may also be a good place to explore options for staying with another family member or someone you trust as far as transferring custody.

    18 years old is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian. We are not legal experts here but we can speak in general terms. If you leave home without permission, your mom may file a runaway report with the police. What actions the police take once you are filed as a runaway can vary a lot from state to state and even city to city so we cannot predict exactly what would happen in your case. Generally speaking, if you encounter a police officer while reported as a runaway, you will likely be returned home. However, in that case there may be services (family counseling, etc.) available to you as a youth in crisis/runaway but again, police procedures related to offering those services can be different based on your location or the details of your situation. Another thing to consider is that while running away is not a crime, a legal adult who allows you to stay with them may be putting themselves at risk for being charged with harboring a runaway. One way to find out the laws in your area is to call your local police and ask what their policies are regarding runaway youth.

    Please do not hesitate to call or chat if you have questions, need resources, or need to talk. We can explore your situation, go over all your options, and come up with a plan and resources to deal with your situation over the phone or on live chat. 1-800-RUNAWAY; www.1800runaway.org

    We are looking forward to hearing from you soon, and wish you the best of luck.

    -NRS

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    Guest replied
    Hi I’m 16 and want to run away from home as me and my mom do not get along and I am being abused can my friends mom become my gaurdian or adopt me if I want them to and will the police force me to go back home if I don’t want to at all

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  • ccsmod1
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    Hey there,

    Thanks so much for contacting us, it takes a lot of courage to reach out and share your story. It must be really hard to live in a home with so much tension - it sounds really hard to not be able to see your friends or have a phone. Running away is a big decision and it can be very stressful to figure out what you want to do. If you’d like to go over what’s going on in depth, or if you’d like to explore other options that you may have available to you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. You can also chat us by clicking on the “CHAT” button on top of our homepage. We’re open 24/7 and here to listen and support you in any way we can.

    All the best,
    NRS

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    Hi I'm 15 almost 16 ill be turning 16 in a week. I want to run away from this hell whole I live in. My grandparents are mean to me they never let me hangout with friends they don't want me to have a phone and I got cought with a phone and now my grandparents are being very mean verbally they are saying mean stuff to me. I want to go live with either a friend or my biological mom but I don't know how to go about it. I need help

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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. That sounds so stressful to have those fights and drama at home. We are here to support you and help you in any way we can.

    We want you to know that no one deserves to be abused, and you should not have to go through that. If there is abuse going on at home, you could call Child Help at 1-800-422-4453 or you could call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929) or chat with us online. Or if you ever feel that you are in danger, you could call 911 for immediate help.

    We’re not legal experts here at NRS. Generally it’s not illegal to leave home, but your parents 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.

    It sounds like all of your struggles are making you consider leaving home. If you do decide to leave home, you could consider thinking about ways to make sure you stay safe. You could explore ways you would pay for food, shelter, clothing and other necessary things. You could think about how long you would stay away, where you would stay, and what things would be like when you return. You could consider what you would do if you felt that you were in danger or had an emergency.

    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 or having another trusted adult help you talk with them. 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 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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    Guest replied
    im 15 and i dont want to stay at home cause of fights and drama can i leave and then call the cops and report them as abusive or can i just leave with no trace left behind and can a cop make you come home if you rum away and dont commit a crime

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