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  • Running away from home in Canada & Going to the USA

    My boyfriend is a senior in high school in New York and I turn 16 in July and I want to go to his prom because mine isn't for another two years & I want to know if I stay there for a while and they find me will I be banned from the USA?

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    RE: Running away from home in Canada & Going to the USA

    Hello,

    Thank you for contacting us. Although we are not legal experts we can try and explain what we know about the runaway laws. Technically, in the United States it is not against the law to run away from home. In most states it is considered a status offence. However, anyone that you are caught staying with could be charged with ‘harboring a runaway’.

    It sounds like you want to stay for an extended visit. Are you planning on staying for the next two years? If this is the case, it might be helpful to talk to a legal expert about what your rights are and how to stay safe. We would be more than happy to continue talking to you regarding your situation. Sometimes it can be helpful to talk to someone about what makes you want to leave home.

    We are non-judgmental, confidential and anonymous. We will not tell you what you should or should not do. We are here to support you no matter what. We can be reached at any time at 1-800-RUNAWAY or by live chat at www.1800runaway.org from 4:30-11:30pm Central Standard Time. We look forward to hearing from you and wish you the best of luck.

    -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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    • #3
      I'm thinking about running away from the USA to Canada , will canada send me back

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      • ccsmod7
        ccsmod7 commented
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        Hello there, thanks for reaching out today.

        It might be hard for you to runaway to Canada. We are not legal/immigration experts at all, but we can speak about what we know generally. Typically you need some sort of guardian permission to cross the border before you turn 18. Also, you would need to show some sort of ID. If you leave home without permission before you turn 18, your guardian can attempt to file a runaway report for you with the police; which would enter you into a national database as a runaway. So if they were to look at your ID at the border, they might be able to see that you are listed as a runaway.

        We are not familiar with Canadian laws, so we do not know their protocol for returning runaways to the states. You might contact this Canadian teen resource to learn more about what could happen if you make it into Canada http://kidshelpphone.ca.

        We strongly encourage you to reach out via calling 1-800-RUNAWAY or through our live chat if you would like to have a conversation about your situation. We can provide support and help brainstorm your options.

        Best of luck,

        NRS

    • #4
      i am 16 and planning to runaway from the US to Canada. i have a place to stay but im worried about legal trouble since im adopted and my parents are extremely abusive. i cant stay in this household anymore. its not fair for my safety. i have plenty of friends in Canada who are ready to help me but im afriad of how i can do this all without legal trouble. im bringing my dog because he means the world to me, which is a setback on its own but i need him. im really stressed and trying to find a way for this to work without harming anyone or causing any legal troubles. if anyone has any advice, it would be greatly appreciated.

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      • ccsmod5
        ccsmod5 commented
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        Hey,
        Thanks for reaching out. It sounds like you're in a scary situation at home and you deserve to be in a safe, supportive home. It takes a lot of courage to reach out for support. The National Runaway Safeline is located in the United States of America (USA). Our knowledge of helpful community based resources and our understanding of youth in crisis related laws is limited to the USA--we unfortunately don't have much knowledge about runaway laws in Canada. To find a resource in Canada, you can use this link to find a youth helpline in or around your country: http://www.childhelplineinternationa...where-we-work/
        We hope that by reaching out to a local resource, you are able to get the support you need from an organization that understands the laws and circumstances that affect youth in your country. If you’re being abused at home, you have the right to report that. Here is a link for locating your local child protective services: http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs...Locations.aspx
        Good luck and stay safe!
        Last edited by ccsmod5; 04-13-2018, 05:19 PM.

    • #5
      I have thought about leaving toronto to go to los angeles by greyhound bus. I am 16 and have enough money to support myself for around 70 days then I plan to come back. What would I have to bring with me to cross the border and what would I have to be prepared to tell border security when I cross. I plan to just say I'm staying at my uncles in L.A for a trip. Do I need proof or can I just cross the border with my passport and my story

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      • #6
        Hi there,

        It sounds like you are in a difficult situation, and we understand it takes courage to reach out for help.
        The National Runaway Safeline is located in the United States of America (USA). Our knowledge of helpful community based resources and our understanding of youth in crisis related laws is limited to the USA. Since you are located in a country outside of the USA, you can use this link to find a youth helpline in or around your country: http://www.childhelplineinternationa...where-we-work/
        We hope that by reaching out to a local resource, you are able to get the support you need from an organization that understands the laws and circumstances that affect youth in your country.

        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
        [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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        • #7
          Me and my friend have been both thinking about running away, but the issue is I'm the older one, would I be charged with harboring a minor, I'm confident I can make it on my own, but I also wanna finish my high school, is it still possible if I leave now?

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          • ccsmod0
            ccsmod0 commented
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            Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you are in a difficult situation, and we understand it takes courage to reach out for help. The National Runaway Safeline is located in the United States of America (USA). Our knowledge of helpful community based resources and our understanding of youth in crisis related laws is limited to the USA. If you are located in a country outside of the USA, you can use this link to find a youth helpline in or around your country: https://www.childhelplineinternation...pline-network/.
            We hope that by reaching out to a local resource, you are able to get the support you need from an organization that understands the laws and circumstances that affect youth in your country.

        • #8
          hey i'm 15 and from uae, i have problems with my family and i feel unwanted here, and i can't handle it and it hurts , so i wanna go to canada alone and i need help and to work to get money, thanks for listening and i hope u can help me

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          • ccsmod1
            ccsmod1 commented
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            Hey there,

            Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you are in a difficult situation, and we understand it takes courage to reach out for help. The National Runaway Safeline is located in the United States of America (USA). Our knowledge of helpful community based resources and our understanding of youth in crisis related laws is limited to the USA. If you are located in a country outside of the USA, you can use this link to find a youth helpline in or around your country: https://www.childhelplineinternation...pline-network/.

            We hope that by reaching out to a local resource, you are able to get the support you need from an organization that understands the laws and circumstances that affect youth in your country.

            Be safe,
            NRS

        • #9
          Running away from Canada to the usa I’m old enough to do it but will the usa kick me back to Canada or can I stay and work ther finally

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          • ccsmod0
            ccsmod0 commented
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            Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you are in a difficult situation, and we understand it takes courage to reach out for help. The National Runaway Safeline is located in the United States of America (USA). Our knowledge of helpful community based resources and our understanding of youth in crisis related laws is limited to the USA. If you are located in a country outside of the USA, you can use this link to find a youth helpline in or around your country: https://www.childhelplineinternation...pline-network/. We aren't legal exports, and your question would better be answered by legal services or through a non-emergency police phone number. Odds are, you would have to follow the legal process of immigrating into the USA from Canada.
            We hope that by reaching out to a local resource, you are able to get the support you need from an organization that understands the laws and circumstances that affect youth in your country.

            Please click the link below to fill out our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/we_care_what_you_think

        • #10
          Hey I'm planning to run away to a state in the US from Canada, I'm 16 years old currently and will be nearing 18 by the time I leave. My question is what do I need to prepare and do to cross the border and will I even be permitted to cross the border at this age? If you don't have the answer please guide me to a source who can tell me what the procedure would be to follow through with this plan. I also do not want my parents to or family to find out AT ALL about things such as where I am or anything in general, they'll just know I went missing and that's all. Thanks for the help

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          • ccsmod13
            ccsmod13 commented
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            Hi there,

            Thank you for taking the time to write us here at NRS. It sounds like you are planning on moving from Canada to the United States when you turn 18 and you want to know more about how to do this. We are not legal experts so we can not give legal advice or specific answers to your questions. Some factors to take into consideration while planning this move are making sure you have vital documents like an ID and birth certificate, a safe place to stay when you move, a way to make money, and you will likely need to go through some visa process in order to live and work in the United States. Because the National Runaway Safeline is based in the United States, our knowledge of youth in crisis related laws and resources is limited to the United States. There is a Canadian crisis line called Kids Help Phone that might be a more helpful start for you to get the information and resources you are looking for. www.kidshelpphone.ca

            We hope that by reaching out to a local resource, you are able to get the support you need from an organization that understands the laws and circumstances that affect youth in your country.

            Best of luck,
            NRS

        • #11
          I’m 19 and I’m trying to run away from my home in Canada to the US. I only have access to my drivers license. I have a friend who’s willing to help me and let me stay over until I can get my own place. I’m wondering how that would work and if it’s possible. I have no other option at the moment. I just need to leave this place.

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          • ccsmod16
            ccsmod16 commented
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            Hi,
            Thanks for reaching out; we are glad that you did. Because we are a US based service, we don't know the laws in Canada, but it looks like the age of majority is 18. If you verify that, you wouldn't be considered a runaway.
            Right now, there are border restictions due to COVID19, so you would have to research carefully as to whether you can enter the country. For help in Canada you can reach out to Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 and Youthspace Canada 6pm - Midnight PST. You can text them at 778-783-0177
            We hope these resources help you get the assistance you need.
            Sincererly,
            NRS

        • #12
          I’m 14 & an male, I’m attempting to runaway from an abusive household. (CA - USA) as of right now, I’m afraid i might run into legal troubles and get sent back here. My only concern is how i could get there, and if’d get sent back. I have friends with parents that are willing to become my legal guardian and take legal action for custody over me, however I’m not sure how I could get to them got any tips?

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          • ccsmod13
            ccsmod13 commented
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            Hi there,

            Thank you for taking the time to write us here at NRS and we appreciate you sharing a bit about your situation. It sounds like you are considering leaving home and staying with a friend. However, you have still have some details to work out like transportation and possible legal consequences. Reaching out to do more research was very resourceful and a smart step to take to make sure you can stay as safe as possible.

            The National Runaway Safeline is located in the United States of America (USA). Our knowledge of helpful community based resources and our understanding of youth in crisis related laws is limited to the USA. Since you are currently living in Canada and that is where your legal guardians are, the laws in your area would be what applies to your situation. Kids Help Phone is a youth crisis line based in Canada that can better answer your questions and provide helpful resources for your situation. https://kidshelpphone.ca/

            We hope that by reaching out to a local resource, you are able to get the support you need from an organization that understands the laws and circumstances that affect youth in your country.

            Good luck and stay safe,
            NRS
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