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  • #31
    My friend is adopted and she wants to leave the house how old do u have to be can u be 16 or 17

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    • ccsmod13
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      Hi there,

      Thank you for reaching out to us here at NRS. The age of majority in most states is 18. This is the age where you are considered a legal adult with the freedom to choose where you live. If you friend leaves home before she turns 18, her parents can report her as a runaway to the police. Running away is not illegal but it is a status offense. This means her adoptive parents can ask police to return her home if they know where she is staying.

      If you or your friend have more questions or would like to talk more about her situation, please do not hesitate to reach out again. We are available 24/7 for immediate support by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or through live chat at 1800runaway.org.

      Take care,
      NRS

  • #32
    Hey there I'm 17 and I am done living where I'm at I want to live with my boyfriend but I have epilepsy and my adoptive parents won't give me my meds to keep and take so I won't have a seizure but I don't want to live at home any more can I legally leave without having the police get involved ???

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    • ccsmod15
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      Hello,

      Thank you for reaching out to us and sharing a bit about what's going on at home. We are very sorry to hear things aren't going well with your adoptive parents. Just so you know, their withholding necessary medication from you would count as a form of abuse and you could make a report on what they are doing through your state's Child Abuse Reporting hotline. You can also report abuse through us here at National Runaway Safeline or through Child Help (www.childhelp.org) at 1-800-422-4453. Of course, we never tell anyone what to do and respect your decision whether to report or not.

      You ask a really good question about leaving home at seventeen. Eighteen years old is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian. We are not legal experts here but we can speak in general terms. If you are under 18 and leave home without permission, your parent/guardian may file a runaway report with the police. What actions the police take once you are filed as a runaway can vary a lot from state to state and even city to city so we cannot predict exactly what would happen in your case. Generally speaking, if you encounter a police officer while reported as a runaway, you will likely be returned home. However, in that case there may be services (family counseling, etc.) available to you as a youth in crisis/runaway but again, police procedures related to offering those services can be different based on your location or the details of your situation. Another thing to consider is that while running away is not a crime, a legal adult who allows you to stay with them may be putting themselves at risk for being charged with harboring a runaway. One way to find out the laws in your area is to call your local police and ask what their policies are regarding runaway youth.

      We'd like to help you figure out what all your options are, perhaps even some options you haven't considered yet. The best way to reach us is by phone at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929). Our lines are open 24/7 and we are a confidential, safe place to talk about anything you are going through. You can also reach us through our chatroom which is found at the top of our webpage: www.1800runaway.org.

      We hope to hear from you soon. Stay safe and good luck!

      NRS

  • #33
    Hey , so I'm 15 about to turn 16 in month I've been adopted since i was younger its been very hard living here now that i'm older bc I'm teen and I've got in some trouble not bad but minor trouble and my parents stopped trusting me but i understand why but over time my mom says awful things and making me feel bad about myself she treats me different then her kids shes rude and mean and so are my siblings (not biological ones) they have said stuff like I'm ugly always picking on how i look and pointing things out about me that i'm insecure about and joking about it and my mother has said things like im insecure called me worthless , and once wen i got in trouble she told my uncle and sisters that if i got slight attitude with them they can slap and punch me which i have trouble controlling my attitude and i cant help it sometimes i have bad anxiety and i suffer from depression its hard living with people who don't like me . i wanna go live with my sister but Idk how to ask my parents and I doubt they'll let me

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    Last edited by ccsmod4; 09-09-2020, 02:19 AM.

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    • ccsmod4
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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. You don't deserve to be abused in any way. It is not your fault. You have the right to want to be treated fairly.
      As of right now you’re feeling like leaving and going to live with your sister.
      We understand that this might be a challenging thing to do.
      You are very strong to reach out and share what has been going on.
      Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of options that may lead to ideas previously not thought of. 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 trying time 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
      Last edited by ccsmod4; 09-09-2020, 01:29 AM.

  • #34
    Hello, My name is Emma, I recently turned 16 (August 24th) And I just want to give a quick run down of my situation. I was put into foster care at around 8 years old and adopted by my biological grandparents on my mothers side. I hate it here, Mostly just one person my grandmother. She forces me to call her mom and I hate it she will never be a mother to me. She is Mentally abusive and completely toxic, For example she will use scaring tactics to try and get me to do things (Like threaten to beat and in some extreme cases choke me or hit me until I die). She has told me if i ever wanted to leave it will be through killing myself. I have screamed and cried for her to let me leave but she wont listen. She makes me pull down my pants and show her if i have anything in my underwear (because i have a bladder problem that causes me to leak a little nothing serious) Its a very scary thing and reading some of these replies i am scared i wont be able to leave. She has told me she wont let me leave till i am 21. She will throw things at me hit me and even when i am on period, Publicly embarrass me, telling me I am a disgusting girl in front of my family and strangers. The mental trauma is starting to get to me I have suicidal thoughts and even thoughts about killing my family. I am opening up to you random strangers because i am afraid of what will happen if this continues. I NEED TO GET OUT, The police have been sent to my house on multiple occasions, (Me opening up about this to my school them reporting it, Me running away and being forced to go back home, etc...) And it all ended with me getting in more trouble, I am scared. Please help me. I have heard that firefighters will help but how do i get in contact with them what if i cant leave and i really am stuck here forever, Please help.

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    • 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 sounds like you’re quite overwhelmed by things at home right now. It sounds like you’re fearing that the situation may end in suicide if things don’t change. 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. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255); www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org is also a great resource to reach out to in addition to our crisis services.
      Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. 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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