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    I live in wisconsin and I can’t be at home anymore my 18th birthday is less than 2 months away. My dads threatening to call me in as a runaway. is there anything I can say or do for the police to not make me go back home?

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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 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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    Can I move out 2 months before turning 18?

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  • ccsmod8
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    Hello there -

    Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to reach out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline and posting on our public forum. By helping you during your crisis, hopefully there are other youth that are in similar situations can read this for help as well. Reading your post, we can see that you have very similar questions to a lot of our callers and you’re looking for some answers. Hopefully we can help.

    As you have probably read throughout out our threads here, that we aren’t legal experts and that the age of majority does vary from state to state. So we aren’t going to go through that with you as you can find it easily. We want to make sure that you are safe doing whatever you decided to do, it's certainly a jump step to make. Having a solid plan about what you are planning on doing it might be a good idea so that you can think about what is reasonably possible for you to do and want isn’t. Factoring in these kinds of thoughts into your overall plan, again can possibly help you in your choice. At the end of the day you know your situation better than everyone and only you can make the choice to leave or stay.

    Now we do offer a service that is basically a Conference Call where the parent/guardian, the youth, and us would be on the phone talking about what has been going on. This way there can be a mediator in between keeping things calm and productive. If you’d feel more comfortable with doing that, just know that it’s always available. It might be a great way to talk about what you are going through and where this feelings might be coming from or to maybe build on your relationship and make it better or talk about what your plan for leaving might be (maybe they are okay with that idea). So maybe that might be an option for you and your parents. Something constructive so that it certainly opens the lines of communication, but that services is completely up to you.

    Hope that this helps you! Please reach out to us for further help and if you want to talk some more about your situation.

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    I'm turning 18, in August, and I rlly need to get out of my house for good, me and my parents do not get along at all, and I have verbal abuse from them. They treat me like nothing and I dont know what to do, I dont want to be there anymore, they constantly go through my room, and my personal stuff. They want me our but wont actually tell me to leave, it's like I'm being punished.. I want out and I need help..pls

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hello,
    Thank you for reaching out during this difficult time. We are sorry to hear your step mom is rude to you and is trying to get you sent to a group home. Although we are not legal experts, technically it is not against the law for you to run away from home before you turn 18. The catch is that anyone you would be caught staying with could possibly be charged with ‘harboring a runaway’ if your legal guardian decides to press charges. However, once you turn 18, legally you can leave at any time and there is not much your step mom could do about it. We hope this helps, please call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY if you have additional questions or concerns.

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    Guest replied
    Hi I’m 17 years old I’m from Texas I live with my step mom and dad my step mom is really rude to me and threatens me about sending me to a group home I graduate in a month and I turn 18 in two months I was wondering will a group home take me since I’m almost 18 and I have a job

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  • ccsmod10
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    18 years old is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian. We are not legal experts here but we can speak in general terms. If you are under 18 and leave home without permission, your parent/guardian may file a runaway report with the police. What actions the police take once you are filed as a runaway can vary a lot from state to state and even city to city so we cannot predict exactly what would happen in your case. Generally speaking, if you encounter a police officer while reported as a runaway, you will likely be returned home. However, in that case there may be services (family counseling, etc.) available to you as a youth in crisis/runaway but again, police procedures related to offering those services can be different based on your location or the details of your situation. Another thing to consider is that while running away is not a crime, a legal adult who allows you to stay with them may be putting themselves at risk for being charged with harboring a runaway. One way to find out the laws in your area is to call your local police and ask what their policies are regarding runaway youth.

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    Hi. I turn 18 in 4 months and I live in Kentucky. My current home situation consists of constant fighting and screaming matches over everything. I hate being home and avoid it in every way possible and get bad anxiety when I have to return home. I have a friend that will let me live with them till I graduate but idk if I can do that without getting in trouble with law enforcements because my grandma would probably call the cops on me if I tried to leave. (I live with my grandparents). I really don’t know what to do at this point and honestly I’m about to just get in my car and leave.

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  • ccsmod0
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    Hey there,

    We appreciate you reaching out, and we understand this must be really difficult for you. You are extremely brave, and absolutely do not deserve to be treated that way. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. You may also be able to report any mistreatment to CPS. Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org is an organization that helps protect minors from being harmed. They can tell you more about how CPS could respond to your situation.

    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. In your case, you may be able to stay with another family member until you turn 18.

    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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    I'm 17 and turn 18 on May 3rd. I live in a terrible home it is always trashed my mom fights with 24/7 and has hit me for no reason bashed my head into a shelf, pinned me up against walls, pulled my hair, tackled me more than once, and a lot more other things. I just dont feel welcomed at my house anymore and would rather be somewhere else than home.

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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. Because you are so close to 18, the police might not actually go out looking for you, but we can't say that for sure. 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. We could also help you find counseling services in your area if that is something you would like to look into for you depression and PTSD.
    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
    Hi I'm a female 17 year old I'm turning 18 in 11 days and my family doesn't really care about the fact that I have depression and that I have PTSD my mother brings up the fact that I choose bad men for me and that I would never succeed can I move out legally right now without getting in trouble by the police??

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hello,

    Thanks so much for reaching out. It sounds like you’re in a very overwhelming situation at home, so it’s great that you’re looking for some support. Your family seems to be putting an awful lot of strain and unfair responsibility on you. That must be very stressful.

    As for running away, doing so would not be illegal, but it would be considered a status offense. That means that your parents could file a runaway report and the police could find you and bring you back home. Also, the person you end up staying with could get charged with harboring a runaway. That said, it’s possible that the police would not respond to a report as you are almost eighteen. We can’t guarantee what would happen either way, but it might be helpful to contact your local non-emergency police line and ask how they would respond to a situation like this.

    If you have any more questions about your options, or simply want to talk about anything at all, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-786-2929. Someone is always here to listen and to help. If you’d rather not talk on the phone, you can use our chat service at 1800runaway.org.

    Thanks again for reaching out. We hope to hear from you soon.

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    Guest replied
    I'm 17 and will be 18 in about 4 to 3 months, I can't handle living at my house anymore, there is almost always fighting. I'm watching my niece and nephew as soon as I get home from school until I try to sleep and get screamed at for trying to. I am made to do every chore everyday, when my brother lives with who is too lazy to take care of his own clothes and dishes. Every day I dread coming home because I'm scared I'm going to get screamed at, can I leave now and not get in trouble? I really can't handle my family anymore, all I am to them is a slave, they owe me over 2,000 dollars. I want out

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