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  • ccsmod15
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    Hi,
    Thanks for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. We are sorry to hear about this scary situation.
    As an 18-year-old, in most states, your daughter is legally allowed to leave home with parental/guardian consent. We are not legal experts, but it is our general knowledge that anyone may file a missing person report for a person whom is believe to be missing.
    You might also consider reaching out to people that your daughter knows, checking social media accounts, checking bank and phone statements, and brainstorming all means of contacting her to understand her whereabouts.
    This can be an incredibly tough time, and it is also important that you are getting the support you need. You might consider calling Team HOPE (Help Offering Parents Empowerment) at 1-866-305-4673. This is a very powerful hotline staffed by adults that have experienced their youth run away or go missing. They can offer emotional support, and also may be able to elicit further options for ensuring your daughter is safe.
    We hope you find some of this information useful. We wish you the best of luck.
    Sincerely,
    NRS

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    My daughter is 18 and she was living with her dad and step mom with her brother and sister she ran away a month ago took everything and her ss and birth certificate we have no clue to wear shes at and we are worried about her she hasn't contacted any of her family and that not like her we just want to know if she is ok what can we do to at least know if she is ok do we make a missing person report

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for taking the time to contact us here at NRS and we appreciate you sharing your situation. It is unfair that your mother is pressuring you into doing something you don't want to do. It sounds like you are planning on leaving home, but you have some concerns and worries. Leaving at any age can be a big decision. Ultimately, you are the expert on your situation and you will know what is best for you. We want you to know that you are not alone in this and we are here to listen and help as much as possible.

    From what you mentioned, it sounds like you already have a plan and a place to stay. If you would like a safe space to talk through your situation and discuss your plan, you can reach out by phone or chat anytime. We are available 24/7 for immediate support by phone at 1-800-786-2929 and through live chat at 1800runaway.org. We look forward to hearing from you soon so that we can provide support and resources.

    Stay strong,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    Hey im 18 and my mother wants me to join the military because of my poor performance in my first semester in college however i dont want to. i have people who are going to take me while i get a job and save up to actually move in and pay rent but im just really scared and dont know what else to do it just feels like i have no one to go to

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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 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 forum 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
    I live in Jackson, Mississippi, and I want to move out. I have graduated from highschool, but my parents treat me like trash. I tried to leave, but they said that everything in the house is theirs if I leave. This includes many things. I however, bought many secret things using cash money. I know the age of majority here is 21, but if I run away to Arkansas, where it is 18, can I be brought back home?

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  • ccsmod3
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    The right to walk out and go with friends, im 18. my parents control my life

    hi im 18
    my parents won't let me go out with friends..she takes control of my life? i need some help?
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    Hello!

    Thanks for connecting with us here at National Runaway Safeline. It takes a lot to reach out for support when things feel challenging, and we commend you for doing so now.

    It sounds like you're looking for a little more independence at home now that you're 18. It might be a good idea to sit down with your parents and try to come to an understanding of both your expectations and theirs, together. If you can develop a better understanding of the reasons behind why they're not letting you hang out with your friends, you might be able to develop a plan moving forward. For example, if they're worried about COVID and the risks that come with being around other people, you may be able to think of some ways that would make hanging out a little safer. There may be other things going on that are lending to the lack of control you're feeling, but trying to communicate openly with one another could be a good place to start. If you feel like you need some support when talking to them, try asking someone you trust to be apart of that conversation: a family member or a family friend, a counselor or a social worker. At NRS we can also chat through other options, help you prepare for that conversation and facilitate it if desired--just give our hotline a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat with us at 1800runaway.org. We're available 24/7 and are always happy to help.

    Take care!

    NRS
    Last edited by ccsmod3; 11-01-2020, 05:31 AM.

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    Guest replied
    hi im 18
    my parents won't let me go out with friends..she takes control of my life? i need some help?

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for taking the time to contact us here at NRS. It sounds like you care a lot about your friend's safety and wanted to know more about what would happen if she leaves home. While we are not legal experts we can speak on this generally. The age of majority in most states is 18 which means your friend is more than likely a considered a legal adult and has the legal freedom to choose where she lives. In this case, she could move out without being forced home by police and anyone she stays with would not be harboring a runaway,

    You mentioned that her parents are claiming to have extended guardianship of her until she turns 21. It is possible that this could be true if her parents have a court order stating your friend is not able to live independently. If this is the case her parents could potentially involve police to have your friend returned home. It could be helpful to call the local police department's non-emergency number to speak with an officer and ask about these circumstances. We are also happy to refer you and your friend to a legal aid resource to ask a lawyer about the possible extended guardianship and what that means for your friend. You can contact the NRS hotline anytime by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or through live chat at 1800runaway.org for resources.

    Please do not hesitate to reach out again by phone or live chat if you would like to talk more or need further support. We are available 24/7 to listen and help as much as possible.

    NRS

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    Guest replied
    My friend is 18 and lives with an abusive family. She has attempted to run away before and was always returned by the police. They never took her side and always sided with the parents. Her parents supposedly have paperwork stating they have custody over her until she turns 21. If she was to run away again, would the police attempt to bring her back since she is now a legal adult? Also, if she was to stay at another friend’s home, would this be considered “harboring a runaway”?

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  • ccsmod4
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    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. If you fear that your sister may be at risk you might consider contacting the local police department and providing any information that may be helpful.
    We are sorry that you are going through what must feel like a scary time.
    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).

    Take care,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    My sister is 18 she ran away with 4 men she had no reason to run away is there anything at all that we can do to bring her home

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  • ccsmod0
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    Hey 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. While we are not legal experts, she is most likely considered an adult since she is 18. If her parents do decide to file a missing persons report, she can call the local law enforcement and explain the situation, that she was not kidnapped and is not missing or in danger.

    Best of luck,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    I helped my friend run away from home and their parents keep threatening me saying they will file a missing persons report/kidnapping. My friend is 18 years old and we live in California so she is a legal adult. Is it still considered a kidnapping if she is an adult? Do their parents have the right to file a missing persons and kidnapping report?

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for taking the time to write us here at NRS. While we are not legal experts we can speak on this generally. In most states 18 is the age of majority, or the age at which you can leave home. At 18 you are considered a legal adult with the legal freedom to choose where you live. You would not be considered a runaway rather an adult choosing to move out and you would not get into any legal trouble.

    However, there are a few states that have an older age of majority: Alabama and Nebraska (19) and Mississippi (21). If you live in one of these states you could still be considered a runaway at 18. Running away is not illegal, but it is a status offense. This basically means your parents can ask police to return you home if they know where you are staying. Police response to runaway reports can vary a lot. We usually suggest that young people reach out to their local police department to ask an officer about their runaway protocols and at what age they would no longer take a runaway report.

    We hope this information helps. If you would like to talk more about your situation or if you have more questions, please do not hesitate to reach out anytime. We are available for immediate support by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or through live chat at 1800runaway.org.

    Good luck,
    NRS
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