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    I plan on moving to live with my boyfriend when I’m 16 but I don’t think my mom would approve but I’d be 16 so I can do it without her consent but I’m still worried she’d call the cops and bring me home my boyfriend says they can’t do that but I’m still worried life hasn’t been the best at home I just want to move away and he’d have a good job and everything I just don’t know what my mother will do

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  • ccsmod10
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    Thank you for telling us your story and reaching out. It can be difficult telling others what has happened to you.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 if your parents file a report. 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 you are thinking about harming yourself or ending your life. It takes a lot of strength to reach out for help, and we are so glad that you did. Your life has worth and our top priority is your safety. If you feel this is an emergency you could consider calling 911 for emergency assistance. We are here to listen and support you in any way that we can, and we can help you find resources that can help you cope with these feelings. You do not have to face this alone, and there is so much help out there for you. If you are thinking about hurting yourself, the National Suicide Hotline could be a good resource for you. You can check them out at www.youmatter.suicidepreventionlifeline.org, or you can call 1-800-273-8255 for help and support any time. You can also call us 24/7 at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) if you need to talk.

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    m 16 and hate living at home if i run away can the police force me to go back?

    i am 16 years old going to run away on monday september 16 2019 i have a lot of issues on my mind that i can't handle i may even kill myself the only way for me to deal with my issues is to run away i lost my girlfriend my high school life is messed up i have a 1.1gpa i am in the 11th grade i am not going to be able to graduate i can't live like this anymore i am the dumb one in the family i always wanted to kill myself long time ago but i stayed strong but staying strong didn't help im going to be running away on monday spetwmber 16 2019 the police won't find me my parents may call them but they will never find me at 5am monday is my run away date i will leave before my family notices this is the last message that anyone will ever see here.

    I Am Going To Run Away Monday September 16 2019 I Have Issues With My Home Nothing Bad Going On Between My Parents And I But Everytime im at home i feel depressed and always want to run away i lost most of the things that i wished i still do but i am mad depressed i have no where to stay or go when i run away I am going to be a homeless 16 year old runaway.
    Last edited by ccsmod10; 09-15-2019, 10:02 PM.

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  • ccsmod1
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    Hey there,

    Thanks so much for reaching out and sharing a little bit about what’s been going on, we know that it takes a lot of courage. Running away is a big decision and it can be very stressful to figure out what you want to do. It’s important to consider all the possibilities that can occur if you leave home. You will need to plan out how you will cover basic necessities like travel, food, clothing, etc. If you have a place to go in mind, it’s good to see what the expectations of the living arrangement will be like; rules, the amount of time you’re allowed to stay, if you’re expected to contribute financially, etc. Living on your own can also bring about many safety risks. You will need to consider ways that you can protect yourself from physical harm as well as the possibility of sexual and labor exploitation. This can all influence your decision to leave.

    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.

    Stay safe,
    NRS

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    I’m curious about fleeing my current situation I'm 16, my home-life is bad I have no friends. I just want to start a new life on my own is it possible can i survive in the world being 16

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,
    Thank you for contacting The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. It sounds like you are going through a tough time right now. Wanting to run away for the past five years is difficult and can be stressful. You could consider talking with a school counselor or someone you trust about what is going on.
    We are not legal experts but we do have general information on the laws. If you were to leave home without permission your legal guardian could file a runaway report. If the police were to find you they most likely would bring you home. Running away is not illegal so you would not be arrested instead you would be returned home.
    We hope this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any other questions or would like to explore more options please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to listen and to provide support. We wish you the best of luck!
    NRS

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    Ive been wanting to run away for 5 years but ive always been scared about what will happen. Ive wondered if i tell the police that my parents dont let me do anything, go places, be alone, hang out with anyone or have friends that do not go to my school especially public school when thats what ive grown up with and theres 5 people at my school and ive told my parents that i dont want to go to that school but they dont care. I always feel like my parents just want a robot. i want to run away but if something goes wrong ill get in big trouble, and i live in the middle of nowhere.

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  • ccsmod15
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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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    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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  • ccsmod11
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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

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    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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  • ccsmod15
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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!

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    Guest replied
    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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  • ccsmod15
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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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    Guest replied
    I'm 16 and I'm old enough to move out where do I go and keep my job.

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