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  • ccsmod10
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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 that same day 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
    Hi I don’t feel safe living with my parent. she pretty much abuses me mentally and threatened to call the police if I run. Is it true that you aren’t considered a runaway unless your gone for 24 hours and can she call the cops even though I have been hurt by her

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,
    Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. We are not legal experts but do have some knowledge on the laws. It is not illegal for you to leave home at 16 but it is a status offense. What that means is if you leave home and the police find you they most likely would bring you back home.
    If you would like to talk more about what is going on or explore more options please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to listen and provide support. We wish you the best of luck!
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    Ok im 16 i read online that its legal to leave at 16 from your home where im at but im scared if i do leave that my parents might called the cops

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,
    Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. It sounds like you are going through quite a lot lately. You do not deserve to have your sleep interrupted due to your brother. You could consider talking to a school counselor about what has been going on. Sometimes talking with a professional can help you think of options you may have not thought of previously.
    We are not legal experts but we do have general information on the laws. If you were to leave home without permission you could be considered as a runaway. If the police were to find you they most likely would bring you back home. Whoever you 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 your options more 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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    Guest replied
    I am 15 almost 16 years old. I want to leave my house and go live with my boyfriends family for the simple fact that they have become a family to me , in my house my brother always comes home dunk or drugged and I can barely go to school because he interrupts my sleep , he hits me and my mom doesn’t do anything , my father lives in Spain , my family that lives here in New Jersey can’t take me in , can I go live with my mother in law until I am old enough to find me a place ?

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out to NRS. It sounds like things at home have been difficult lately and you would feel better staying with your boyfriend. Its understandable to want to leave home if it has not been a comfortable place for you.

    Leaving before you turn 18 can be difficult and the easiest way is with your mom's permission. If you were to leave without your mom's permission, she can file runaway report. Running away is not a crime, but the police would likely return you home. Additionally, your mom might be able to press harboring a runaway charges against your boyfriend although these charges are rare. Most consequences for leaving home without permission would be from your mom.

    We want to help you figure out your next steps and come up with a plan that you feel comfortable with. Do not hesitate to reach out by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or use our online chat services.

    Take care,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    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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    Guest replied
    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, 09:02 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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    Guest replied
    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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    Guest replied
    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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