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  • ccsmod6
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    Hello and thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. While we’re not legal experts, we do have a great deal of experience working with runaways. It is not illegal to run away. Your parent/guardian could file a runaway report on you but this would NOT mean that you would get arrested or charged with anything. It typically does mean that the police could return you home if they encountered you and that would be that. Police typically do not actively search for a runaway youth. However, they will go where the parent/guardian directs them if they know where you are staying. Additionally, police can sometimes be more lenient about runaway situations the closer you are to 18. You can attempt to calmly and respectfully deny them consent to touch you or take you anywhere, and they may give up on trying to return you home. They also may not, in which case you should comply with what they tell you to do for your safety. This can depend on the state you’re in, the county you’re in, even the officer that happens to be handling the situation that night. At 16, from our experience, the police would most likely force you to return home. If you want to know for sure, you can always reach out to your local police non-emergency number and ask them as they will know exactly what they would do.

    If you want to talk more about what is going on and what options you have, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-786-2929 or chat us at 1800runaway.org.

    Take care,
    NRS

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    Can the cops force me to go back to my parents house if am 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. We are sorry that you have been kicked out, in most states that would be considered neglect because you are still a minor. One option you could consider is calling the police and making a report. Another option is you could file a neglect report by calling Child Help at: 1800-422-4453.
    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. Best of luck!
    NRS

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    I’m 17
    Can my mom call the cops on me after she kicked me out ?

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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.

    While we are not experts on the law, someone under 18 that leaves home, the parent/guardian may file them as a runaway and 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. Like if your uncle is not your legal guardian can you be forced to live with him.

    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).

    Be safe,
    NRS

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    So I was just fine with this person I was living with when my dad left and all of a sudden my uncle forced me to come live with him. If I run back to where I was what will happen? I can’t stand the people I live with now they expect me to be perfect and I just miss the person I used to live with she was like by bsf.
    Last edited by ccsmod4; 12-18-2019, 04:20 AM.

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  • ccsmod9
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    Thanks for reaching out to NRS. We appreciate you being able to reach out and be honest about what is going on. It seems like your dad is being really unfair to you and your situation. We are sorry that is happening and that you don’t deserve it. As far as going home it might be a good idea to find an adult and see if they can offer support to you and your situation. Another thing to keep in mind is maybe just calling NRS and we can conference call with you and your dad. In this call you can express what you would like to see and what you want to do moving forward. It can be a good talk because we will be in the conversation and give you the ability to feel heard and like your dad might hear you out better.

    If you feel you need to talk further with us please do not hesitate to call or use our chat option online as we don’t normally respond to second emails. Our call option is 1-800-786-2929 and you can find our chat option online at 1800runaway.org (click on the chat option). We hope you are able to find a quick solution to your predicament , NRS

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    I ran away and i dont know what my dad will do if i go back. Life is miserable at my house. He took my phone which I paid for. I have a job and my dad took $1.6k out of my bank account because he said i had to pay for my braces and i didnt tell him that he could. He hates me and I hate him. He never lets me do anything with my friends or anything. I go to school. But every time i go home I just runaway again.

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  • ccsmod16
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    Hi there,

    We're sorry to hear that it hasn't been a good time at home right now. You have a right to your feelings and a right to be heard. We are here to support you in whatever way we can.

    You ask what might happen if you stay at your boyfriend's house without permission (and also not go to school). One thing your parents might do is file a runaway report with the police. Running away isn't a crime, but it is a status offense like breaking curfew. If your parents know where you are (your boyfriend's house), they can ask the police to visit and you may be taken back to your parent's house. More seriously, anyone you stay with could be accused of harboring a runaway, which is a misdemeanor. As for school, if you are absent long enough it is likely the school will contact your parents.

    Those are just some ideas as to what might happen, but we never tell anyone what to do. Perhaps there are some other options available to you that you haven't considered yet? We'd like to help you find out what those options might be. The best way for us to do that is if you give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat with us via our main page: www.1800runaway.org.

    We hope to hear from you soon! stay safe!

    NRS

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    Im 16years old I’m not happy at home I feel like my parents hate me they don’t understand I have a bf bc I’m scared to tell them stuff. What happens if they find out I’m not going to school or just staying at my bfs house what happens if they call the police I want to make the right go stay at my bfs house

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thanks for reaching out to NRS. This is a really great question to ask. If you leave home without the permission of your legal guardian(your parents), they can report you as a runaway. Running away is not illegal and it is not a crime. If you do leave though, your parents can potentially have the police return you home. Your boyfriend could be charged with a misdemeanor called harboring a runaway although it is rare. We are not legal experts here at NRS so we cannot give you absolute answers. Your local police department will better be able to give you information about their runaway and harboring protocols. You can call the non-emergency number to ask questions anonymously.

    Do not hesitate to reach out any time by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or chat with us at 1800runaway.org if you would like to talk more about your situation. We are here 24/7 to listen and help.

    Be safe,
    NRS

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    hey i am 17 and i will run away to my boyfriend house who is gotta get trouble me or my boyfriend

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  • ccsmod7
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    Hi there, at age 55 you can legally leave your home or move if you need. That sounds really frustrating that police are not helping you when you are being harassed.

    If you need any shelter resources or help with rent assistance to afford a new place to stay, you might reach out to the United Way information and referral line by dialing 2-1-1.

    We truly wish you the best of luck,

    NRS

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    I am 55 I want to run away from home as I am getting harrest and police won't do anything about it

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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. It makes sense that you'd want the same kind of independence and freedom that your peers have. Running away is a big decision and it can be very stressful to figure out what you want to do.

    You mentioned that you had regretted having sex because of your family's extreme reaction. We want you to know that sex is completely natural and normal and there is no shame in choosing to engage in, or abstain from sexual activity. This is an incredibly personal act and whatever you choose to do is best. As you make this personal decision you may want to check out Planned Parenthood by going to www.plannedparenthood.org for information regarding STI prevention and birth control.

    You mentioned that your dad had a very violent response to your decision to have sex. His actions were not acceptable and you shouldn't have had to endure that. Absolutely no one deserves to be abused. 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. It may also be a good idea to explore options for staying with another family member or someone you trust as far as transferring custody.

    It's great that you have an ally in your cousin and feel comfortable staying with him. 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. It’s good to see what the expectations of the living arrangement with your cousin will be like; rules, the amount of time you’re allowed to stay, if you’re expected to contribute financially, etc. Living and especially traveling 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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