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  • 16, and I ran away.

    Im from maryland, and I ran away last sunday, so It's almost been a week now. for the past week, I've been staying in a nice house with my friend and his family. I was just curious to know, how many cops are usually aware of a run away, and are looking for the runaway. also, When do cops stop actively looking for a run away? Next week, I'm also looking to begin the Emancipation process, any tips on how I should start that process? what is the best way to go about beggining the Emancipation process? CPS? or going directly to the court?

  • #2
    RE: 16, and I ran away.

    Hello,

    Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you have left home and are in a safe place right now, and are looking forward to starting the emancipation process. In Maryland, there are special circumstances in which a youth would be able to file for emancipation, but a youth has to be able to financially support him or herself. The circumstances include marriage, entering the military, misconduct by parent, and consent of emancipation by parent. If you were interested in more information about the process, you can contact Family Law at 1-800-845-8550. What county do you live in? If we had your county, we could help you with more local resources. We are not legal experts, but usually in order to being the emancipation process, you would start by contacting a lawyer.

    We also can’t tell you exactly how cops respond to runaway situations. It all depends on the situation and also the age of the runaway youth. If you are close to being 18, then the police might reserve their resources when looking for you since you will be an adult soon. In general the police stop looking either when you return home or when you turn 18. If you need more information or resources specific to your county, including the local sheriff’s department to ask questions about runaways, you can always call us 24/7 at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or chat with us at 1800runaway.org.

    Good luck, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

    NRS
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

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    • #3
      I live in Anne Arundel County

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      • #4
        RE: 16, and I ran away

        Hi again,

        Some legal aid resources in your area are:

        Anne Arundel Lawyer Referral Service: 410-280-6961
        Holland Law Firm: 410-280-6133
        Legal Aid Bureau: 410-951-7777

        These places are most likely open on Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm. So you might be able to call them on Monday to ask your questions about emancipation.

        We hope these are able to help you out and give you some guidance. If you have any questions please contact us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929). If you can't call in, please chat with us through our website (www.1800runaway.org) from 4.30-11.30pm Central Time.

        Best of luck to you,

        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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        • #5
          Hi

          I am 24 yeasr old turning 25 in januarie .. I met a 16 year old girl wich is a realy nice girl ..she wants to leave home but is scared to go to people she doesn't know ..I realy don't know what to do .. She calls me and ask me to come and pick her up . The thing is I don't need trouble but I realy want to help is it legal for her to move in with me ..I wil obviously let her finish school when she lives here with me I work very close to home and it would be a plesure having her there. Please help

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          • #6
            RE: Hi

            Hi there,

            Thank you for reaching out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline, it seems like you have a lot to be worried about. Just so you know, we are not legal experts here, but we can briefly share what we might know.

            One thing to keep in mind is that she is still 16, and is still considered a minor in most states, which technically means she cannot leave her home without being emancipated or by legal consent. If emancipation is something that she is considering, then she can give us a call and we will be able to provide her with more information and as well as give her a legal aid where she will be able to call and ask any questions she might have. One thing she might want to keep in mind is that the emancipation process can take up to six months.

            As I mentioned, she is still a minor. If she was to run away and stay with you and her parents file a runaway report, then there is the risk of you being caught. If you are caught, in most states, you can be charged with harboring a minor. The charges of harboring a minor can vary from fines to jail time.

            If you or the youth have any other questions, please feel free to contact us. Our number is 1-800-RUNAWAY, we also have a live chat session available every day from 4:30 PM to 11:30 PM CST.
            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
              Im 16 and i ran away from home. How long before the cops stop looking for me.

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              • ccsmod15
                ccsmod15 commented
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                Hi, thanks for reaching out! We are here to help and provide info when we can!

                We are not legal experts, but in most states, 18 is the legal age of adulthood when you can live where you please. Leaving home before then, your parents have the right to file you as a runaway with police. Some police stations accept runaway reports up to 18th birthday; some go out and look for teens right away and ask parents where you might be and go to the door and ask. Others do not go out and look at all and it is only if you come into contact with police, like if you commit a crime. That totally depends! You can find your local non-emergency number at usacops.com and call and ask how they handle things without giving your name or anything like that. We understand that can be an intimidating call so we can help make that call too! We are here 24/7 at 1-800-786-2929 if you want some more direct support or help with that call.

                Other things to consider: are you safe where you are? Are there safe people around? Do you have access to basics like food, shelter, water?

                We can help you find a safe place to stay as well and some of those basics if you do need that. We are 24/7 by phone and are also on chat directly through the link at the top of the page here. Call us anytime at 1-800-786-2929.

                Best of luck and stay safe!

            • #8
              Hi I'm 17 and I runway how long would it take for me to get caught by the police ? And what can I do so I don't get caught I turn 18 in March
              Please answer fast

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              • #9
                Hello, thank you so much for reaching out to us! We want you to know that you’re not alone, we’re here to help.

                You mentioned that you’re 17, and have ran away from home, and want to know how not to get caught. We aren’t legal experts, but in most states, anyone under 18 is considered a minor, and your legal guardian may file a runaway report with the authorities. Whoever you find yourself staying with, may face some legal consequences for harboring a runaway.
                With that being said, we don’t offer any suggestions on to not get caught by the authorities. We care about your safety, and if you’re somewhere that’s not safe, you can text the word safe and your location to 44357. The National Safe Place organization will be able to send you a safe location to go to, and will provide you with the appropriate resources you need. An option to look into if there was any abuse going on in the home, would be to contact the National Child abuse hotline at 1800) 442-4453.

                Again, thank you for contacting the national runaway Safeline. Feel free to chat with us anytime at 1800) 786-2929. Best of luck!
                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)
                https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YourOpinionMattersToUs

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                • #10
                  I wanna to ran away

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                  • ccsmod9
                    ccsmod9 commented
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                    Hey there,
                    Thanks for reaching out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We are here to help you in any way that we can.
                    You said that you want to run away. Since we are not sure of your age or location, we are happy to provide you with some general information about our understanding of what happens when youth run away. This website, Sex Etc https://sexetc.org/action-center/sex-in-the-states/ has an interactive map where you can discover what the age of majority in your state is. If you do fall under the “minor” category for your state, if you leave home without permission, you would be considered a runaway. We are not legal experts, but our understanding is that running away is not illegal, it is just considered a status offense, which means it is something that you cannot do because of your age. If the police do locate you, their main priority would be to return you home.
                    If your home is not a safe living situation, the National Child Abuse Hotline is Child Help, and their phone number is 1-800-422-4453. It can be scary to make this call by yourself, so if you do feel that you need to report abuse but do not want to do this alone, we are happy to call out with you. You would just call into us here at NRS, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929), and we would talk a little bit, and then make the call with you. If you ever find yourself in immediate danger, please call 911.
                    There are many things to keep in mind when you run away, like where would you stay? How would you get your basic needs such as food and clothing met? Would you stay in school? These are all great things to be prepared and have a plan for. If you need to talk through these any further, feel free to give us a call here at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) so that we can help you find your safest option.
                    Sometimes it is difficult to get along with people in your home and you feel like you aren’t being heard or listened to. We also offer a conference calling service here at NRS so that for those who might be able to stay in their home but want to make their living situation much more bearable. You would call into us here at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929), talk a little bit more about your situation, and then we could call out to whoever you might need to have a conversation with in your home. Our goal would be to provide a safe space for non-judgmental, productive, and compromise-driven conversation.
                    If you are looking for shelter resources or have any other questions that you would like to talk through, feel free to give us a call here at NRS, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929). We are a 24/7, completely confidential Safeline. Here to listen, here to help.
                    Best of luck,
                    NRS

                • #11
                  I'm 16 gonna be 17 in 3 months i live in Denison Texas an i have a friend in Pottsboro that said she will take me for a year till im 18 i have a job i financially support myself an pay my own phonebill an my home life is miserable im wanting to run away but im afraid of the police being involed an i dont want anyone to get in trouble an i dont go to.school

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                  • ccsmod13
                    ccsmod13 commented
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                    Hi there,

                    Thank you for taking the time to reach out and share a bit about what's going on. It sounds like you have a few questions about leaving home. You deserve to live somewhere you feel supported and comfortable so its understandable you would be thinking about the option to leave home.

                    Generally speaking, your parents are your legal guardians until you turn 18, so they can decide where you live. If you do choose to leave without permission, your parents can report you as a runaway to the police. Running away is not illegal, but it is a status offense. This means that if your parents know where you are staying then they can have the police return you home. However, sometimes this is not the case for someone who is 17 years old. Some police departments do not take runaway reports for someone so close to turning 18 and if this is the case for your area then police would not likely intervene if you left once you turn 17. You can call the non-emergency number for your local police department to ask about their protocol.

                    If you are experiencing abuse or neglect at home, you do have the right to report it. Child Help is an organization that advocates for young people in abusive and unhealthy situations. You can contact them at 1-800-422-4453 or go to childhelphotline.org to talk more about strategies for having someone intervene and what the reporting process would like for you.

                    We truly want to be a support for you as you decide on your next steps. We are available 24/7 to listen and help as much as possible. Please do not hesitate to reach out again by phone or chat if you would like to talk more in-depth about your situation and explore your options. You can contact us by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or use our live chat services at www.1800runaway.org.
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