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  • #46
    Im 13 and wondering if I can runaway from home. From what I read I won't go to jail so I want to know if I runaway can I call CPS and have them move me to foster care or what needs to be done for me to be moved to foster care. Also I am in Texas.

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      Hello and thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. While we are not legal experts, we do have a great deal of experience working with runaways. It is our understanding that you are correct: running away is not illegal and you will not get arrested or go to jail for it. However, it is unlikely that CPS would put you in foster care unless there was a reason for it that they thought was legitimate, for instance if your house was unsafe for some reason.

      It is difficult for us to say what you should or shouldn’t do in order to leave without knowing some more information. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-786-2929 or chat us at 1800runaway.org if you want to talk more about what is going on and what options you may have.

      Take care,
      NRS

  • #47
    what would happen if a 13 year old runs away from home

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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

  • #48
    What will happen if u feel like your treated different so u run away

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    • ccsmod6
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      Hello and thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. Feeling like you are treated differently can be a frustrating and unfair experience. While it is not illegal to run away, your parents can report you to the police who will in most cases return you back home. Whether or not you feel like you need to run away is up to you and whether or not you feel safe where you are. Running away can sometimes be very dangerous and not helpful in solving what your problem is. We would be happy to help you in whatever way we can. We can provide referrals to mental health resources, shelters, legal advocacy, among other things. We can also just talk you through whatever your situation is and help you figure out what your options are. We aim to empower youths and we prioritize their safety and their well-being. If you are interested in anything that we have to offer, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-786-2929 or chat us at 1800runaway.org.

      Take care,
      NRS
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