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    Hi, I’m 16 and 1/2 I turn 17 in 5 months, I would like to leave my home that I’m staying at with my parents over some personal reasons, but I have a friend who said I can stay with him I will be safe he’s 17 but has a stable place, and I can get a job to support myself for a bit. But if I do leave with my parents consent and I’m not in harms way at all will the police make me go back home?

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    Im 16 and almost 17 to, if i ran away and my parents found me will i be forced to go home?

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for taking the time to contact us here at NRS and we appreciate you sharing a bit about your situation with us. It sounds like it has been very stressful for you living with your dad and his girlfriend. You deserve to feel safe and it was not okay for his girlfriend to tell you to leave.

    While we are not legal experts, we can speak generally about what could happen if you left. If you leave without permission from your dad, he can report you as a runaway to the police. Running away is not illegal, but it is a status offense. This means your dad can ask police to help return you home if he knows where you are staying.

    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

  • 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.
    It is never OK for your stepmom to threaten you with physical violence like that. It might be a case of emotional or in some cases physical abuse for her to threaten you like that, although it can be harder to prove emotional abuse to CPS or others. If you want to know more about child abuse and possibly reporting it you can go to https://www.childhelp.org/
    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 i’m 16 and i snuck out one night and i got in trouble and my dad’s girlfriend told me to pack my things and leave but she’s telling everyone that she didn’t say that. so i was wondering if i go to texas with my boyfriends sister will i get in trouble. to me it’s not runny away but to my dad it is but he doesn’t believe me when i tell him what his gf told me. i live in washington state and i was just asking. what can the police do if my dad files a police report?

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    what if i want to run away because my parents are being ridiculous, and they hate my boyfriend, and make me choose between a job and a boyfriend. My stepmom has threatened more than once to hit me as well. what should i do?

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hi there,
    You mentioned experiencing emotional abuse which may be reportable against your family. Please keep in mind you by no means deserve any type of abuse, emotional or otherwise. Unfortunately, emotional abuse is often harder to provide evidence for compared to physical abuse which is often what CPS relies on when conducting an abuse investigation. That said, we can’t be 100% sure what the outcome will be if your local CPS decides to open a case based on what you share. Sometimes CPS decides to remove minors from the home and other times they offer services such as family counseling or mediation instead. The only way to know the outcome might be to reach out to them directly and if you’re ready to do that we are here to help you through that process. Reaching out to Child Help USA at 1-800-422-4453 or www.childhelp.org may help to get a better understanding of what may happen before and after a report is made.
    We hope this helps. Please reach out if we can offer any further support.
    Be safe,
    NRS

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    I'm sixteen and adopted.Im sick of the emotional abuse i have to face.If i do something right it's like chill and all but if i do something wrong it's like i never do anything right and im such a dissapointment. their so toxic.like today they said a lied and i didn't and so i got grounded.i kept explaining why i wasn't lying a day added on to my punishment.My "dad" came inside and i told him i was grounded for longer he said great make that three days and i literally said why and then it was four days and now it's 3 months. They dont want to hear me talk.There is no love in this house so i dont see the point of mebeing here any longer.

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  • ccsmod2
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    Thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. It must be hard to not feel safe in your home and frustrating that your case is taking a while to process. It shows a lot of initiative for you to reach out and try to improve your own situation.



    While we're not legal experts, we have a great deal of experience working with runaways. It is our understanding that it is not illegal to run away. If your mother submits a runaway report, it is a possibility that the police will bring you back home, however, if you explain the status of your case, they may be willing to find a safer placement for you.



    You can also give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat us at 1800runaway.org and we can assist you in finding shelters while you await DCF to process your custody to your friend's mother.



    Please let us know how we can best support you.

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    I am 16, have an open DCF case .They took me out of my home and placed me in shelter care for a week, they then sent me back to my physically and emotionally abusive mother and the sheriff and law enforcement witnessed and have proof of what is happening. I have been back for a week and nothing has changed. I am planning on running away but if I get found by police will I be forced to go back to my mother? A friends mother who has a stable home and been cleared by DCF wants to take custody of me but DCF has taken no action over the past 2 weeks and I no longer want to be in this home.

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for taking the time to contact us here at NRS. It sounds like you are looking into emancipation and want to know more about the process. While we are not legal experts by any means, we can speak generally about this.

    Our general understanding is some states offer formal emancipation statutes while others do not unfortunately. Laws vary depending on your location, but in many states a minor can petition the court for emancipation to take responsibility for their own care before they turn 18. Generally speaking, courts are wary about granting emancipation. In most cases, you would have to prove in court that you have an income and can care for yourself financially, and that you are able to live separately from your parents. It also helps to be in good standing at school. The court will also factor in the mental and physical welfare of your parents in order to establish your best interest. Usually your legal guardian would have to agree to this in court. Once you are emancipated, you can legally choose where you live, but you might still find that you cannot sign a lease or build credit until you turn 18. The emancipation process can take several months or up to a year, and may cost money in the form of court fees and other expenses. Usually, the best way to learn about emancipation in your state is to contact a lawyer. You may also find information at your county family court. We can look up legal aid resources that may be able to help you with the process. Please do not hesitate to call or chat if you have questions, need legal 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. We are looking forward to hearing from you soon, and wish you the best of luck.

    Good luck,
    NRS

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    Hey I'm 16 can I get emancipated when I'm 16 and if I can where can I get it from

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for writing us here at NRS. While we are not legal experts we can speak generally on this. If you leave home without permission as a minor, your parents can report you as a runaway to the police. Running away is not illegal, but it is a status offense. This means your parents can ask police to return you home if they know where you are staying.

    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.

    Good luck,
    NRS

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    I'm 16 if I run a ay and stay with my grandmother can I be made to go back home e?

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  • ccsmod0
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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.
    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 parents' permission. We understand that might be challenging, however, maybe there’s another family member, relative, or a family friend who could help to communicate how you’re feeling to your parents. 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 to be considered and demonstrate that you can support yourself financially and independently. Emancipation often can be a lengthy process and may even cost some money for court fees. We would be happy to look into legal resources if that’s something you are considering.
    Your safety and well-being is important. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.This may be an isolating and lonely time for you, but you are not alone in this. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time.
    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).
    We hope to hear from you soon.
    Be safe and stay strong,
    NRS
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