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

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  • ccsmod0
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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

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

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  • ccsmod6
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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

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    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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  • ccsmod7
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    Hi there, thanks for reaching out. That's a great question.

    Generally speaking, if you leave during quarantine, your options for where you could go and how you could get there might be more limited than they would be normally. So if you do decide to leave, you might make sure to identify informal contacts that you can go to, and make sure they would allow you in their house and that you have a safe way to get there. It is hard to say whether or not the local police response could be affected by COVID or not, it is still possible that local police could look for your and return you home if found.

    Please do not hesitate to call or chat us if you would like to talk in detail about your situation. We are always here for you.

    1-800-RUNAWAY; www.1800runaway.org

    -NRS

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    Is it smart to runaway during quarantine?

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  • ccsmod1
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    Hey there,

    Thanks so much for reaching out, we know that it takes a lot of courage. It’s important to consider all the possibilities that can occur if you leave home. You will need to plan out how you will cover basic necessities like travel, food, clothing, etc. If you have a place to go in mind, it’s good to see what the expectations of the living arrangement will be like; rules, the amount of time you’re allowed to stay, if you’re expected to contribute financially, etc. Living on your own can also bring about many safety risks. You will need to consider ways that you can protect yourself from physical harm as well as the possibility of sexual and labor exploitation. It's also important to keep in mind that because of COVID, many agencies (that could be potential resources) may not be able to accommodate new clients (or even previous clients) . This can all influence your decision to leave.

    If you’d like to go over what’s going on in depth, or if you’d like to explore other options that you may have available to you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. You can also chat us by clicking on the “CHAT” button on top of our homepage. We’re open 24/7 and here to listen and support you in any way we can.

    We'd love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis forum. Your feedback plays an important role in helping us improve our services to support youth and families. Please click the link below to fill out our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/we_care_what_you_think

    Stay safe,
    NRS

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    How can I pack and get ready to runaway without my parents finding out?

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hey there,
    Thanks for reaching out to NRS, it seems like you are feeling stifled at home because of your overprotective parents. You have been trying to talk to them and see if they can ease up a bit, but it seems like that isn’t working. It’s understandable to feel frustrated by that situation and want to look for ways to get things to change.
    You are right that if you stayed with your friend their parents could be at risk of a harboring a runaway charge. Add to that, police would probably bring you straight home once they found you if your parents file a runway report.
    Since you can’t really reach out to other websites or numbers we can’t really suggest other resources. However, it may be worth trying to consider what is motivating your parents to be so overprotective. From their perspective they may feel like you are still so young and innocent that they aren’t used to you being able to be more independent. There may be ways that you can try and compromise with them that would help them to see that you don’t need all that protection. It might be worth trying to ask them what actions you need to take to be able to get and keep your electronics, and then from there ways that you can take on bits of responsibilities to make them see that you can be your own person.
    Hopefully this information is helpful, if you need more information please reach out to our online chat function https://na0messaging.icarol.com/Cons...d=254&cc=en-US

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    My parents are good people, like they care about my education and stuff, but they're too overprotective. I've tried talking to them about it but they don't understand. I've thought about this a lot and running away is my last resort. I'm 13 and not sure if I have anywhere to go, I can get resources but I'm not sure how long they'll last me. My parents took all my electronics away, I can try to find them but no promises. If I can't find them I won't have a way to find somewhere to stay. My friend has said multiple times that she would do anything for me, but I think harboring a runaway might just be too much for her. This is the only thing I can do to get help right now, I can't go to a different website or call any numbers.

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  • ccsmod5
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    Hey there,

    Thanks for reaching out to us. We are always here for you and we are here to help in any way we are able to. You are not alone in this.

    It sounds like home life is getting to be too stressful for you if you’re thinking about running away. We’re here to talk and listen if you want to call or chat with us. If you do decide to leave home, we can look to see if there’s runaway shelters in your area. Reach out to us if you’d like those resources.

    Again, thank you for reaching out. If you want to talk more about what you’re going through at home, we are always here. Call us or chat with us via our website www.1800runaway.org

    Thanks, NRS

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    I wanna run away so bad, I need to get out. How can I get out of here and not be found?

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  • ccsmod1
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    Hello,

    Thanks for reaching out to us. We are sorry to hear about your situation, it is good to see that you are looking at your options and trying to figure out your next steps.

    To begin, although we are not legal experts here at NRS we can tell you that it is not a crime just to run away. Yet, since you are a minor it is possible that if your parents decide to press charges against whoever you stay with then they may get in trouble for harboring a runaway. Along with this, it is also possible that the police may force you to go back to your legal guardians. Since we do not know too much about your situation we are unable to give much guidance, yet if you would like to give us a call we are available at 1800-786-2929 anytime and we are confidential. We also provide the service to create abuse reports or make calls to Child Protective Services (CPS) if you are interested. If you'd like more information regarding CPS reporting you can check out childhelp.org.

    Perhaps we could come up with a plan together that focuses on your safety and possible solutions to any problems you might be going through. Again, we’re really glad that you reached out to us. It takes a lot to ask for help and you are trying to figure out your options which is really good to see. If you would like to talk further about your situation please do not hesitate to call or chat with us. We’re here to listen, here to help.

    -NRS
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