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  • #16
    Can I runaway from home and be gone for a couple of days (3days) then come back home what will happen if this happens?

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    • ccsmod5
      ccsmod5 commented
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      Hello,
      Thanks for your question. We’re not legal experts, but we can give you a general answer. Your local police would ultimately have the clearest and most accurate answer for you, so you can call them if you feel comfortable doing so. That being said, it is generally true that if a minor leaves home without parental consent, the parents would the right to file a runaway report. If the police are able to locate you they will return you home. Beyond that, there are generally no legal consequences. We cannot speak to what your family’s reaction would be, of course, so that’s something to consider.

      Thank you again for reaching out. We hope this was helpful and we encourage you to reach out by phone if you need additional resources or need help figuring out your options. Our number is 1-800-786-2929 and our lines are always open. If you have a moment, we'd appreciate your feedback of our crisis services at the following link:
      https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/we_care_what_you_think
      Stay safe!

  • #17
    if my girlfirend ran away from home and she was 15 could she go to jail or juvy

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    • ccsmod8
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      Hello there –

      Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to reach out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline and posting on our public forum. By helping you during your crisis, hopefully there are other youth that are in similar situations can read this for help as well.

      As you have probably saw on our other post or threats that we aren’t legal experts and the laws on that specific subject of just leaving home and/or running away vary from state to state. In most states, if you are 18 years old or older, you are considered an adult. Now once considered a legal adult, you can’t be forced home and your parents can’t file a runaway report with the police. Until then you are still concerned a minor and cannot leave without parental permission. If you were to leave and runaway, your girlfriend’s parents will have the right to reach out to local law enforcement to report that she has run. If she were to leave the city or even the state, what most likely will happen is that if her parents filed her as a runaway, the report will be entered into the NCIC. That is a national database for missing people and runaways that law enforcement use. So if she did get into trouble with the police in a different state, they will still be able to tell that she is an active runaway. Then they will possible hold her until arrangements can be made to get her back home; in detention or local youth shelter. If she didn’t leave the city or state and was caught, she would just be brought back home and not taken to jail or juvie since it’s not a crime to runaway.

      Hope that information helps!

  • #18
    I'm 16 and living in Arizona. I would like to legally be put out of my house with my mom and live with my grandma. She said if I were to stay at my grandmas without her permission than she will call the cops and say I ran away. I don't wanna live under her supervision anymore. Is there a way I can change this and legally have my grandma as my legal parent/guardian and to have my mom off that list?

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    • ccsmod5
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      Hi,
      Thank you for reaching out. We are not legal experts, but we can give some general information. Since you are a minor (under 1, you would need your mom’s consent to live somewhere else and if you leave without permission your mom would have the right to file a runaway report to have you returned how. If you are interested in living outside of your mom’s custody, there are two options to consider. First, you can ask your grandmother to file for custody of you; to do so, she would need to get in touch with a lawyer. Another option is to file for emancipation, which is a legal process where you would become your own legal guardian. The first step of this process is getting in touch with a lawyer. You would generally need to prove that you are able to support yourself without the support of a legal guardian. That usually means having a job, proof of income, and other adults to vouch for your emotional maturity.
      Thank you again for reaching out. We hope this was helpful and we encourage you to reach out by phone if you need additional resources or need help figuring out your options. Our number is 1-800-786-2929 and our lines are always open. If you have a moment, we'd appreciate your feedback of our crisis services at the following link:
      https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/we_care_what_you_think

  • #19
    I’m 14 I’m depressed I have self harm issues my dad is an abusive drunk my mom makes me feel misplace and like I’m a pest and she won’t let me move back to my home town so I can be happy and get better will my state and I’m really considering running away...
    Last edited by ccsmod4; 09-12-2018, 06:55 AM.

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    • #20
      Reply: I`m 14 I'm depressed....

      Hello,
      Thank you for writing to us here at the National Runaway Safeline.

      We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. Running away is a big step. Sometimes it’s good to talk about what your options are when trying to cope with a situation.

      We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email or bulletin for assistance. If you would like to talk more in detail and share more about how we can help specifically, 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 or seek emergency assistance immediately.
      We hope to hear from you soon.

      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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      1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

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      • #21
        I am 13 and I live in an unhappy home, where I am neglected and sometimes verbally and medically abused. My mother gives me a whole list of chores every day, to where if we don't get it done, we (me and my brother) are put into punishment. They will yell at us, and send us off with another list. Most nights, she's not home until 9 at night, and my dad would come home just to mess up the stuff we cleaned. Is it bad for a 10 and 13 year old to be given a list of chores, along with being home alone for 6.5 hours? Would it be bad if I ran away, and left my brother at home? Would I be in trouble if I came home after a week or 2? Would I still be able to go to school?

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        • ccsmod7
          ccsmod7 commented
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          Thank you for contacting us.

          We are glad you reached out to us and will try to provide you with answers or resources that can help. Please keep in mind there are inherent limitations to our forums, however we are available to chat online and/or talk via our toll-free number (1.800.RUNAWAY) 24/7/365. We should also note that we are not legal experts and should not be considered as such.
          To begin, everyone’s situation is different and there is no definite answer when it comes to contemplating running away and the ramifications of a return home, be it forced or voluntary. You mentioned you are living in an unhappy home where neither you nor your brother get much in the way of support. You deserve to grow up in a kind and nourishing environment and you are being very mature in seeking out information, regarding such a big decision.

          You asked about whether continuing to go to school will get you in trouble. If you do not have any truancy issues the school will likely not have any issues with where you are staying. We cannot comment on the trouble you may find upon your return home, however it is possible the conditions within the home could worsen. Resource that you may find helpful as you consider your options are:
          Child Help Phone: 1.800.422.4453 URL: childhelp.org
          NCMEC (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children) Phone: 1.800.843.5678 URL: missingkids.com

          Hope this information helps. Remember your safety and care is important and you and your brother deserve to be treated fairly and free of abuse. If you do feel that you are in immediate danger contact your local police. They are also a good resource for information regarding the logistics of what running away may look like and how they may respond to a missing/runaway child report. If you would like to talk or discuss other options and resources do not hesitate to call us at 1.800.RUNAWAY.

          Good Luck,

          NRS

      • #22
        my daughter's friend is 16 & being physically, emotionally, and verbally abused by his mom. She is a drunk and doesn't feed him or provide warm clothes during winter; he ran away and i let him stay with us. He is afraid of her and doesn't want to go back. Now after reading these posts, I'm afraid she will be vindictive enough to come after me for harboring him. What alternative does he have? He has a 10 yr old brother still living there but says he's safe, she only goes after the 16 yr old.. he doesn't want to call cps and get the 10 yr old taken away.

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        • ccsmod9
          ccsmod9 commented
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          Thanks for contacting us here at NRS. We can understand the youth is going through a lot and it might be a bit too stressful to handle. Though we are not legal experts from what we can say is that he can reach out to us and we can help him find either a homeless shelter or a Transitional Housing Program. These places help you get on your feet and provide the essentials until you can manage to be on your own. Another thing to think about is if he is gone from home would it not make sense that because he is gone would that not switch the abuse over to his extended family? Please remind him his safety is his best shot and the shot of his siblings as well.
          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

      • #23
        If my mom reported me as a runaway but I'm about to turn 18 in three days, will there be legal consequences after I turn 18?

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        • ccsmod6
          ccsmod6 commented
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          Hello, thank you for reaching out during this difficult time. Although we are not legal experts, typically after you turn 18 any runaway reports are considered null and void by the police department. They would typically not be able to press any charges against someone who has since turned of legal adulthood. Here at the National Runaway Safeline, we are always here to help you go over your options. We can be reached at any time at 1-800-RUNAWAY or online at https://www.1800runaway.org/. Please stay safe and contact us if you need any additional help.

      • #24
        What is the is the punishment in Arizona for harboring a minor runaway?

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        • ccsmod3
          ccsmod3 commented
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          Hi, thanks for reaching out to us at NRS. We’re here to listen and help the best way we can. You mentioned you wanted info about the consequences of harboring a runaway in Arizona. We aren’t legal experts, but we can give you some general information. In most cases, harboring a runaway is a crime and is usually classified as a misdemeanor. It’s difficult to say what the punishment will be since it varies depending on the county. It might also open you up to a civil suit by the parents or guardians. But again that depends on the county you live in. To find out how this would be handled in your county, you can call the police and ask for more information.
          There might be other options for the youth. If the youth wants to explore what those options might be, they can reach out to us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling us at 1-800-RUNAWAY or use our chat line on our website www.1800runaway.org. Again, thanks for reaching out. Good luck!

      • #25
        Is it illegal to run away in Arizona and if I wanted to could I stay with my other family member since I'm almost 15 I can make my own decisions

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        • ccsmod9
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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.
          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

      • #26
        Hi. I have a difficult time right now and I want to run away from my home. I decided to live with my friends or my teacher. I just want to get out of this house because I feel like this house is like a prison for me. I don't have any freedom. I don't have the right to do things. Also, I'm not allow to have friends and my parents control me. I'm too scared to live here. I still don't have driving licence. But I will get it. I want to run away but also I don't want my mom to get angry at me. Please help me.

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        • ccsmod9
          ccsmod9 commented
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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.
          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

      • #27
        Can i run away

        I dont like the way it is at home and i want to run away. I am 10 and i dont feel safe. Will i go to juvie if i run away?

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        • ccsmod16
          ccsmod16 commented
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          Hey there,

          Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to reach out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline. It seems like there must be a lot going on in your life, especially at home, if you’re thinking about leaving home. It’s great that you were able to find out some information about our hotline. Hopefully we can help.

          As a minor, you aren't able to leave home without your parents’ permission. We aren’t legal experts, but what generally what typically happens if a minor runs away, is that your parents would be able to make a runaway. You can’t be arrested for running away. A good way to find out exactly what the police protocols are in your city, would be to reach out to your local non-emergency police. You can ask them hypothetical questions about running away. If you are thinking about running away and somewhere to stay, we can try to find a runaway shelter for you. You mentioned that you don’t feel safe at home, that sounds really scary. We’re here to talk more about what’s going on if you feel like sharing more.

          If you give us a call on our 24/7 fully confidential hotline, at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) we could help answer some of those questions you have and could potentially help you brainstorm a solution to the issues you are having. We also have an online chat service available through our website (www.1800runaway.org) if you don’t feel like calling in to talk on the phone.

          Best, NRS

      • #28
        I hate my family i don't feel loved in my family everytime i come back all my parents say is why did u come back or they say u should've stayed for longer. It really makes me sad and my parents get mad if i start crying.

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        • ccsmod9
          ccsmod9 commented
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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 and you mentioned being harmed. We’re sorry you’re going through this. You don't deserve to be hurt in any way. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. You may also be able to report any mistreatment to CPS. Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org is an organization that helps protect minors from being harmed. It may also be a good place to explore options for staying with another family member or someone you trust as far as transferring custody.
          Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. 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 chat soon through our website www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button) if you are unable to call in. We unfortunately cannot give advice as we are non-directive. You know your situation best
          We hope to hear from you soon.
          Be safe,
          NRS

      • #29
        Hi, I’m 16 and im ready to leave. All my life I’ve been mistreated by my mom. She has always been mentally abusive. It’s only gotten worse when 8th grade came, i live In Arizona and want to move in with my girlfriend she is also 16 years old. Will I be able to leave without parents concent? Thank you.

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        • ccsmod13
          ccsmod13 commented
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          Hi there,

          Thank you for reaching out to NRS! Abuse of any kind is not okay and certainly not your fault. Home is supposed to feel safe and it can be really difficult when the adults in our lives are not supportive. It is understandable you would want to leave to live with someone you feel more comfortable with.

          We are not legal experts by any means, but we can share some general information. If you leave without your mom's permission then she would have the right to file a runaway report. You would not be arrested, but the police would likely return you home if they knew where you were. Since you mentioned that your mom can be abusive, you could consider filing an abuse report although emotional and verbal abuse can be very difficult to prove. CPS might open an investigation and possible interventions could be mandated parenting classes for your mom. You can contact the national child abuse hotline at 1-800-422-4453 for more information.

          If you thought talking to your mom about how you have been feeling would be helpful, please do not hesitate to call us. We can help you brainstorm what you might want to say to her and we can also facilitate a conference call with you and your mom. We would be on the line to advocate for you and make sure you feel your voice is being heard.

          Give us a call at 1-800-786-2929 or chat with us at 1800runaway.org if you would like to talk more about your situation and explore options.

          Take care,
          NRS
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