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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 what’s going on.

    It sounds like your friend is going through a hard time. She does not deserve to be treated like that. We are not legal experts, however in the state of Mississippi until she turns 21 she is considered a minor and can be brought back home if a police report is filed and whoever she lives with could be charged with harboring a runaway.She can also reach out to NAMI at 1-800-950-NAMI or text NAMI to 741741 for counseling resources. Family counseling can be helpful in many situations



    If she likes she can call us at our confidential 24x7 hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); or live chat with us at www.1800runaway.org.

    You are doing great by trying to help your friend. We wish her the best

    Best
    NRS
    Last edited by ccsmod15; 07-13-2019, 11:29 PM.

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    Guest replied
    Help! I have a friend that recently left home and is staying with a friend. She is 18 years old and her Mom and step Dad have been verbally abusing her. They have treated her like a slave. She has to watch her sister and brother. She does all household chores, cooks and laundry. She rarely complains because she is afraid of her step dad. She will be starting to college in a few weeks and all expenses are taken care of because she got scholarships. She will be living on campus. Could her parents call her a runaway? They know where she is. They are mad!

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hi there, thanks for posting. Sounds like home is really difficult between your dad being abusive and having to live with your cousin.
    Your safety is our first priority. We can help you find safe shelter, food, access to other services, etc. We are 24/7 at 1-800-786-2929 and by live chat here on our website so reach out anytime for more help with that!

    Because you mentioned abuse, Child Help may also be helpful: 1-800-422-4453, childhelp.org. they can help you better understand what abuse is, how to report it if you want to, and how to get custody transferred to a safe adult. You mentioned your dad has sent threatening messages. We are not legal experts here at all, but if reporting is something you want to do or if those messages make you feel like you do not want to go home, saving those messages may help police or child protection better understand your situation and see that your dad may not be a safe person to live with.

    We are here to support you in any way we can, such as in finding a safe place to stay, as well as reporting the abuse if you want to do that. That decision is always up to you though and you can call and talk to us anonymously without a report being filed if you so choose.

    We are 24/7 at 1-800-786-2929 and through live chat at the top of this page. We can best help directly so please reach out anytime!

    Stay safe! -NRS

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    Guest replied
    I'm 17 years old, live in mississippi, and I was reported as a runaway 4 days ago. My father has full costody however he makes me lice with my cousin. My father has a history of being abusive and since I left hes sent me mocking messages, and threatening punishment if I come home. I have no problem going home, it's what will happen when i get their that worries me.. What do I do?

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  • ccsmod10
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out to us here at the National Runway Safeline. We appreciate you contacting us in your time of need, it was very brave of you.

    It sounds like your parents are putting you in the middle of their issues, which isn’t fair for you and must be really stressful on you. You should have a say when it where you want to live. Unfortunately, you’re still a minor at the age of 17. We’re not legal experts ourselves but we can explain what we have heard. One parent is usually given primary custody, being your legal guardian, they are the only one who can give you permission to live elsewhere. So that means that if you did leave without permission, your parent could report you as a runaway. If the police find you, they will return you to your custodial parent. We have heard of a Harboring a

    Runaway charge when people let runaway stay with them, but it’s uncommon and we aren’t sure how it would work out if it’s a grandparent.

    We offer a conference calling service, between youth and their parents. Sometimes just being able to talk can be a way to open up the lines of communication, and see the best way that everyone can compromise.

    We hope our response is helpful. In addition, talking to school counselors and teachers about what’s going on at home could provide you with great support. You are not alone in this. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. You are always welcome to call into our 24/7 crisis center, or use our chatting services via our website.

    Be safe, NRS

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    Guest replied
    What can happen when a 17 year old with only one parent and step parent (the other signed their rights away completely) runs away to a grandparents house with no rights either? Can we have the child picked back up or the grandparent who has been harboring her be picked up?

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hi,

    It can be difficult to ask for help, and we are glad you reached out today. We are not legal experts and consequences for running away can differ from city to city. Calling a non-emergency police number for your city can be a helpful resource for answering your legal questions.

    In addition to being available by bulletin, we operate a 24/7 hotline (1-800-786-2929) and are always here to provide additional support and referrals. We can help locate additional legal resources and help brainstorm some options for staying safe if you decide to leave home.

    Do not hesitate to give us a call.

    Good luck,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    I want to run away but I’ve committed crimes in the past if I get caught will I be in trouble bcuz of the crimes

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  • ccsmod7
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    Hello there, thanks for reaching out today.

    With a month to go until you turn 18, it is up to your local police with whether or not they would consider you an adult already or if they would take a runaway report for you and return you home. You might reach out to your local non-emergency police's phone number to as One thing to consider is that 18 is not the legal age in every state, but it is in most states. States with older majority ages include Mississippi (21), Alabama (19), and Nebraska (19). If you live in one of those states they would generally list you as a runaway if your guardian attempts to contact them and file a runaway report.

    Please do not hesitate to call or chat us if you would like to talk through your situation and help with brainstorming your options. We can also help you contact your local police.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

    Best,

    NRS

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

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    Guest replied
    I am a month and a half from being 18. Would the police do anything to me if I ran away, even though I'm so close to being of age?

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  • ccsmod15
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    Thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you’ve been going through a tough time, and that sounds like a really stressful situation. But we are here to support you and help you in any way we can.

    We’re not legal experts here at NRS, but we have legal aid resources here if you have specific questions about the laws in your state. You could also consider reaching out anonymously to your local nonemergency police department to ask about their policies on this issue.

    If you haven’t already, you could consider reaching out to a trusted adult, relative, worker/teacher/counselor at your school for help and support. You could also consider talking to your parents about how you’ve been feeling or have another trusted adult or friend help you talk with them. Just so you’re aware, we have a conference calling service here where we could help mediate a conversation between you and your parents.

    There are also many resources that could help you find a safe place if you’re in need or help you with anything else you may need. If you want to talk more about what’s been going on, or if you would like more information about resources, you can call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929) or chat with us online.

    Again, thank you for contacting us. It sounds like you’ve been going through a hard time, but you’ve shown a lot of strength by working through these challenges and reaching out for help. If you ever need anything in the future, please feel free to call us or chat with us online. We’re always here to listen and here to help.

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    Guest replied
    I ran away and they are going to get my boyfriend arrested for kidnapping and he did not kidnap me what so I do!!

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  • ccsmod10
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. We are here 24/7 to listen and to support.
    We want you to know that you should never be abused. If you need someone to talk to about this you can either contact us or CHILD HELP (1-800-422-4453), who are experts at dealing with child abuse situations. If you are being physically, emotionally or sexually abused, you can also contact your states child protective services and file an abuse report. You can also reach out to people at your school to help you as well.

    Though we are not legal experts, if you run away you would most likely be returned home if found and are under 18. There could also be legal consequences for whomever you stay with for what is called harboring a minor. If you leave your home and need help, don't hesitate to give us a call and we could look up shelters and safe spaces for you. A liner could also walk you through your options and what you think would be the best for you. Give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) so that we can hear more about your situation and be able to better help.

    Stay safe,

    NRS

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    Guest replied
    I’m 13 and I want to runaway in IL. I don’t have anywhere to go so I don’t know what to do. There isn’t any physical abuse anymore but I feel like there is emotional abuse and I need to get out of this house but I don’t know when to leave or where to go could anyone help?? Would I get in trouble with school or the police ??
    Last edited by ccsmod10; 04-02-2018, 07:12 PM.

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  • ccsmod1
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. We are here 24/7 to listen and to support.

    We are not legal experts, but it looks like the age when you are considered a legal adult would be 21. You can look up what that means for you in terms of moving out and other rights that you have at sexetc.org/action-center/sex-in-the-states/. Another thing you could do would be to reach out to your local police station and inquire anonymously how they handle runaway reports for 18 year olds. If you need help finding your local non-emergency number or want help thinking through your options, don't hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929).

    Best,

    NRS

    We hope this response was helpful! 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 youth and families. Please click the link to fill out our survey: We care what you think

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