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    i want to run away, i have a place where i can stay but this is not the first time i ran away before and my mom filed a runaway.. can the cops take me to juvie because thats what my mom said. I told her i dont want to be here and she said its either you stay here, stay at your abusive step dad , or stay with the cops.. the place is far from where i stay at.. can i still runaway or am i going to jail ?

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for posting on our Bulletin and we appreciate you sharing a bit about your situation. We are not legal experts, but we can speak generally on this.

    If you leave home without permission, your parent's can report you as a runaway to the police. Running away is not illegal, so you would not get arrested. It is a status offense which means your parents can ask police to assist with returning you home if they know where you are staying.

    You mentioned that you believe you may be pregnant. If you have not already, you can get more information from www.plannedparenthood.org about finding a clinic to get a pregnancy test, reproductive care, and family planning counseling.

    We truly want to be a support for you as you decide on your next steps. We are available 24/7 to listen and help as much as possible. Please do not hesitate to reach out again by phone or chat if you would like to talk more in-depth about your situation and explore your options. You can contact us by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or use our live chat services at www.1800runaway.org.

    Stay safe,
    NRS

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    im 16 i want to go with my boyfriend for a couple of days and i might be carrying his kid can my parent get the police envolved help please

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,
    Thank you so much for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen.
    Unfortunately, we cannot tell you if you should or should not runaway as you are the only one who knows your situation the best. It seems like you are going through a difficult time right now. Your parents may just be monitoring your social media for safety reasons. There can be a lot of creepy people online, and it is important to be careful of what you post because anyone can see it. You could try talking with your parents about having a compromise if they allow you to get more social media platforms then perhaps they can help monitor those as well.
    We are not legal experts but we do have some information. 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 back home. Also whomever you were to stay with could potentially get in trouble for harboring a runaway.
    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. Best of luck!
    NRS

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    Should I run away?

    I have somewhat a good life but I feel like I'm living under a rock because my parents won't let me post on youtube without their permission and the only social media they will let me have is Instagram
    I feel like I should pack bags and run away but I just can´t bring myself to do so

    What should I do?

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  • ccsmod3
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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 believe my mom is emotionally abusive. I live with my mom and my stepdad and I really want to run away to live with my girlfriend. Living in this home makes me really depressed and I'm already on medication. I can't go live with my dad because he's abusive and I already went through a law suit to live with my mom full time. But now things are just terrible and I hate it here. I turn 16 in a few weeks and I don't even have a job yet, but my girlfriend's family is nice and accepting. Can I runaway without having to worry about the police?

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  • ccsmod4
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    Hi there,
    Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS).

    We appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on.

    It also sounds like you have a job opportunity in another state but mom has not given her permission at this time for you to go. You might be considering going with or without it but are not sure if you may be forced to come back home.

    While we are not experts on the law, someone under 18 that leaves home, the parent/guardian may file them as a runaway and if picked up they may be returned home. 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. You might also look for a legal aid center in the area. They may be able to answer any legal questions on the subject.


    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).

    Take care,
    NRS

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    I am 16 and I have a job opportunity in another state I am in Texas but I'm mom hasn't agreed if I leave anyway can she legally force me to come back home?

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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. It must be really hard to live in a home with so much tension. Running away is a big decision and it can be very stressful to figure out what you want to do.

    It must really hurt to feel like your parents don't love you! It could be a good idea to work with a local family counselor or have a conversation mediated by a school counselor/social worker, trusted friend, or family member to help clear the air. If you'd like, you can also call us directly and we can conduct a conference call with your parents so you have a safe environment where you can express yourself.

    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.

    We'd love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis forum. Your feedback plays an important role in helping us improve our services to support youth and families. Please click the link below to fill out our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/we_care_what_you_think

    Stay safe,
    NRS

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    I'm 13. I was adopted and my parents seem to hate me although I try to love. I really want to run but I will miss my sisters to much and I don't want to cause them pain what do I do?

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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. It must be really hard to live in a home with so much tension. You shouldn't be called things like that by anyone, let alone your parents! Running away is a big decision and it can be very stressful to figure out what you want to do.

    You mentioned something about them threatening to hit you with belts and it raises concern for your well being. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. If any harm or abuse is happening at home, you have the right to report it. If you feel like this is an option you want to explore, you may find this website helpful: https://www.childhelp.org/child-abuse/. We can also help you to file a report if that’s the route you are considering. You stated some concern as well about treatment of your dog. If this is something that you feel needs to be reported you can go to the ASPCA's site at https://www.aspca.org/take-action/report-animal-cruelty yo do so.

    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.

    We'd love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis forum. Your feedback plays an important role in helping us improve our services to support youth and families. Please click the link below to fill out our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/we_care_what_you_think

    Stay safe,
    NRS

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    Hello I am 16, and want to move out of home because my parents aren't nice. I was slut shamed for a good 8 years of my life.I have been called a horrible and a terrible person by my parents. they have threatened to beat me with the belt as well. they threaten and hit our new dog because she is a puppy.I am trying to move out e=very so. Any advice.

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  • ccsmod3
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    Hello there,

    We're glad you felt comfortable reaching out on our forum. It sounds like you are having problems at home due to your family being weird and creepy and are considering running away. We'd be happy to talk to you further and invite you to talk one-on-one here through our Live Chat. Please click on the following link to get started on a Live Chat: https://na0messaging.icarol.com/Cons...d=254&cc=en-US.

    Good luck,

    -NRS

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    I want to run away from home because my family is weird and creepy.

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