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

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    Hey there,

    We aren’t sure exactly where you are, but in most states being 16 is still considered a minor. We aren’t legal experts here but in general, if you are a minor you aren’t able to do a lot of things without your parents’ consent. If you leave home, your parents could file a runway report for you. If they do that, the police usually are required to take you back home.
    For further support, we strongly encourage you to contact us directly at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929), and look forward to your call. Lastly, please note that we offer a live chat via our website at www.1800runaway.org every day from 4:30p to 11:30p CST.

    Best,

    NRS
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    • Im 13, my parents hate me should i run this is hurried please repsond

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      • RE:

        Thank you for contacting us at the National Runaway Safeline. We are sorry to hear that things are not going well for you at home. It takes great courage to reach out for help. We are glad that you reached out to us.
        It sounds like you are having issues with your parents. It looks like you have been thinking about running away from home. Running away can be hard in many cases. Have you tried to talk to anyone about what you are going through at home? Many times school counselors can be of great help. You might want to consider talking to your relatives or friends for some support. You can always give us a call at our 24 hour hotline at 1-800-786-2929 and we can help explore options with you. While we are not legal experts, in most cases running away from home under the age of 18 is considered a status offence and you could be brought home if your parents were to file a police report. Also, anyone you stay with could be charged with harboring a runaway and they could get in legal trouble.

        We wish you the best of luck and hope to hear from you soon.

        Best,
        NRS
        Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

        National Runaway Safeline
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        • My brother needs help

          Hey my brother is 16 and He'll be 17 in December He ran away from home 5 months ago now he stays with a family member and has contacted my dad so my father has been speaking with him and knows he is okay and now my dad gave him the option to come back home ,But My brother told my family members things about my dad that could put him away in jail. My dad has been trying to get him to come home so bad and He doesn't know what to do because he thinks my dad is going to try to hurt him what should he do ?

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          • My Brother Needs Help

            Hello,
            We really appreciate you reaching out to us. It is not always easy to reach out but you were brave in doing so. Looks like your family is going through a difficult time with the difference between your brother and your father. Sounds like you care for the both of them and want things to be ok and the family back together.
            We can provide some support and references for you. You mentioned that your brother may be concerned about getting hurt by your father if he returns home. This seems like a difficult situation with all parties involved because surely no one wants anyone hurt. If you are referring to any kinds of abuse and have concerns about it either you or your brother can call Child Help USA at 1-800-422-4453 and they can provide support around any type of abuse. There website is childhelp.org.
            We can also support you and/or your brother through this hard time. We can talk through options and decision making in hopes of a better outcome. We can be reached by phone at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or by chat at 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope everything works out for you and your family and looking forward to speak to either you or your brother.
            Take care,
            NRS
            Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

            National Runaway Safeline
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            • Leaving home at 17.

              Hi, my name is J and I've been through a lot of stress in the past three years. I dropped out of high school, lost my great grandmother, and am struggling with depression. My parents hate me and blame me for all the problems I have, I'm not crazy but my mom decided to put me in a mental hospital at 16 because she didn't want to deal with me. I realise that at 17 I'm basically considered an adult when it comes to certain things; but I was out late one night (I live in nyc btw) and two cops approached me and asked me my age (when I told them I was 17 they were shocked because I look younger than 17). When I told them my age they said "if your parents don't know where you are, that means you left home without permission" then they made me get in the car and took me home. I'm now planning to leave home but I'm wondering, will the cops will still bring me back home?

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              • re: leaving home at 17

                Hello,

                Thank you for reaching out to us. It sounds like you have been through a lot in the last few years. Depression can be hard to deal with; we’re glad you are being strong and asking for some help. There are resources you can always use if you are feeling depressed and need someone to talk to. One is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at www.nationalsuicidepreventionlifeline.org or their number is 1-800-273-8255.

                You mentioned that you were picked up before, and the police brought you back home. We aren't legal experts here but in general, some states consider 17 to be a minor. Every state is different, so we can’t really say what you can do if you leave. Usually, if a runaway report is made, a youth would be taken back to their legal guardian if they come in contact with the police. That also varies. Sometimes the police would actively look for you, some places it depends if you come in contact with them. Based on what you already shared, it seems likely that you would be taken back home if you leave again. The local police non-emergency number is a good place to call if you have specific questions about what will happen if you leave.

                If you need to, you can always contact us directly at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929). We can talk about any possible options that you are thinking about. Lastly, please note that we offer a live chat via our website at www.1800runaway.org every day from 4:30p to 11:30p CST.

                Take care and stay safe,

                NRS
                Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

                National Runaway Safeline
                [email protected] (Crisis Email)
                1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

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                • help

                  im 16 and my mom treats me like crap she tries to control my life i want to live with my best friend i need help

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                  • re: help

                    Often, young people may reach out to NRS in several different ways to discuss their situation. If a response from NRS is not visible to a bulletin posting it may be that we have already provided services to that individual through another platform we provide such as email, our crisis hotline, or our live chat service (in operation every day from 4:30p to 11:30p CST). NRS encourages anyone in need of assistance to contact us through our 24 hour crisis hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY to receive immediate support.
                    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

                    National Runaway Safeline
                    [email protected] (Crisis Email)
                    1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

                    Tell us what you think about your experience!
                    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YourOpinionMattersToUs

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                    • can i runaway at 16?

                      I'm 16 and I wanna runaway with my boyfriend , I don't feel comfortable here with my sister in san Antonio
                      I'm only here because my gramma got cancer and I was adopted by my grandma , so she put my sister to be in
                      Charge of me for 6months , in 6 months can I runaway? My sisters not gonna be in charge . So can I runaway in 6 months .

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                      • Re: can i runaway at 16?

                        Hi,
                        Thank you for reaching out to us. It sounds like you’re going through a lot with your grandma having cancer, and it’s great that you’ve still been pushing through, even though you do not feel comfortable with your living situation. It’s really good that you’ve been looking to make the best of your situation.

                        Since you are still under the age of 18, you would still be under guardianship of your parent or legal guardian (which in this case, might be your grandma or sister). If you do choose to run away, your guardian could file a runaway report; and if the police find you, they would likely bring you back home. In addition, if you stay at someone else’s place, they could be charged with unlawful harboring of a runaway.

                        In potentially running away, you might think about some of the following questions. For example, how would you and your boyfriend support yourselves financially? Where would you stay at? Would you want to go back to see your grandma? And would you still want to go to school after running away?

                        It sounds like you’re going through a tough situation, so we’re really glad that you took the courage to reach out to us in order to figure out the best way to deal with your situation. Please do feel free to reach out directly to us over the phone if you have any more questions. Our contact information is below. We wish you the best of luck.
                        Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

                        National Runaway Safeline
                        [email protected] (Crisis Email)
                        1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)
                        Tell us what you think about your experience!
                        https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YourOpinionMattersToUs

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                        • Same

                          I also want to run away I'm 16 but idk if the police would take me back home?

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                          • RE: Same

                            Hi there,

                            Thank you for contacting us here on our online forum. It sounds like there may be some issues at home that is making it difficult to stay. We do not know what you are going through, but we are sorry to hear that you feel home is a place you do not want to be at. You're contemplating running away but are wondering if the police will bring you home. This is tough to answer because each city and state handles cases differently and we are not legal experts so cannot speak specifically on this. If you called our crisis line at 1-800-786-2929 (toll-free and confidential) we can call out to your local police and gather more information on what may happen if a 16 year old left home. We can also explore options and resources for you if needed.

                            We wish you the best and hope that you are safe in whatever you decide to do.

                            Take care,

                            NRS
                            Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

                            National Runaway Safeline
                            [email protected]rg (Crisis Email)
                            1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

                            Tell us what you think about your experience!
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                            • I'm planning to run away at age 12

                              I am planning to run away at age 12 because I know I've done many mistakes. Yet, my parents don't love me at all. Due to the thought, my dad said that the door is open for me to leave the house. Sometimes, if a problem is major, me dad will literally kick me out because I am a rude and disrespectful child. My dad wants me to experience the danger and how hard it is to survive out in the cold. My dad said if I am kicked out, he will not accept me to come back home. I feel like I want to live in a different state.

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                              • Re: I'm planning to run away at age 12

                                Hi there,

                                Thanks for reaching out to us here at NRS. It sounds like you are going through a really difficult situation. I imagine it is very difficult to feel like your parents don't love you. I'm sorry to hear that your home life is pretty negative right now. It's great that you're thinking about what you want to do and how to make your situation better.

                                It can be very hard to live on your own, but it would be especially difficult at age 12. Have you thought about where you would go? Are you planning to go live with a family member or friend? Have you thought about how you'll get money for things like food and clothes? If you want to give us a call, we would be happy to talk through some of these decisions with you.

                                Your father (or guardian) is legally responsible for you. If your father will not allow you in the house, you can call Child Protective Services or the police and they can find you somewhere safe to go. If you would like, you can call NRS and we can help you figure out exactly who to call to help you find somewhere to go.

                                It's great that you are putting thought into your next steps. Please know that you can call us anytime at 1800Runaway. We are here 24/7 and happy to listen.

                                Take care,
                                NRS
                                Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

                                National Runaway Safeline
                                [email protected] (Crisis Email)
                                1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)
                                Tell us what you think about your experience!
                                https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YourOpinionMattersToUs

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