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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

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    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

  • Guest
    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.

  • Guest
    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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  • ccsmod3
    commented on Guest's reply
    Thank you for reaching out to us. It sounds like you have a really thought out a plan to move and become independent. You seem concerned about any legal issues you would run into leaving your home at 17. We are not legal experts but typically when you are 17 you are still considered a minor so your parents could technically file a runaway report. If your parents file a runaway report, do the police will usually return you to the home if they locate you. In your case, because you are so close to 18 the police will rarely do anything. If you want to be sure you can always contact your local non-emergency number and ask the protocol. If you have any more questions feel free to contact us at 1800-RUNAWAY.

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Hi, I’m 17 and I live in Las Vegas. I turn 18 in 15 days and I already have a job that I’m getting officially hired on my birthday and I already have a studio that I can stay in without paying rent for the first month until I get my first paycheck. Can I move out before I turn 18 without getting into legal problems?
    Last edited by ccsmod1; 09-22-2019, 12:26 AM.

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hey there. Well, we never tell anyone what to do, but we can provide you with some information. Technically, until you are 18 you are under your parent's supervision. If you leave before then they can file a runaway report unless they give you permission to live elsewhere. That means that the police could detain you until they release you to your parents. Anyone you stay with could be accused of harboring a runaway, which is a crime. But sometimes the police don't take runaway reports for minors very close to turning 18. The best way to find out for sure is to call your local police non-emergency number and ask them if they take runaway reports for 17 year olds.

    We'd like to help out further if we can. The best way for us to do that is for you to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY or contact us through our chat button on at www.1800runaway.org. We hope to hear from you soon!

    Take care and be safe,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Can I move out 2 months be I turn 18

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hi, Thank you for reaching out to us. We are sorry that you have been going through all of this, both the verbal abuse and living with your mother who is a drunk. You don’t deserve to be verbally abused by anyone, and your mother’s condition and behavior must be very hard and stressful. We are very glad that your stepdad is so supportive of you. You have been very brave and strong, and we are glad that in 25 days you will be free of her.
    We aren’t legal experts but until you are 18, your mom would have the right to file a runaway report with the police. Whether they would search for you so close to 18; or if they showed up at your stepdad’s and you told them that you are unsafe at home, but safe there, they may just let you stay. It’s just not possible to know. It just depends on how you think your mother would react and whether she knows the location of your stepdad or a friend that you might go to.
    The other way we can help you is through direct communication in either of two ways: our telephone hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929) or with live chat through our website 1800runaway.org By using either of these, we can listen to you and help you with what you are going through.
    We hope to hear from you soon.
    Sincerely, NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I’m 17. My mother is a drunk who makes me do everything for her. I am regularly verbally abused by both my little brother and her and I can’t take it anymore. I have 25 days until I turn 18 and I was wondering if I can just move out now? My stepdad is willing to take me in right away. He lives down the street. I just want out. I’m already packing and I don’t want to have to wait the month I have to go. I just want out. Is it possible to just go? Do I need to worry about the police. I live in Iowa if thats helpful.

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  • ccsmod6
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hello and thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. Because you are a minor, if you left home your parents would be able to file a runaway report on you with the police. If they did file such a report, then you would be considered a runaway. If you have any further questions or if you need any support, please don’t hesitate to call us on our 24/7 hotline at 1-800-422-4453 or chat us at 1800runaway.org.

    Take care,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Hello I'm 17, I'll turn 18 on December .. I've ran away before because of personal reasons .. Since I ran away 2 months ago, my parents have been constantly telling me to leave if I want .. If I do, will I be considered a run away ?

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  • ccsmod7
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hi there, thanks for reaching out,

    18 years old is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian. If you leave home with just a few months to go it would be up to local police response. 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.

    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.

    Please do not hesitate to call or chat if you have questions, need resources, or need to talk. We can explore your situation, go over all your options, and come up with a plan and resources to deal with your situation over the phone or on live chat.

    We are looking forward to hearing from you soon, and wish you the best of luck.

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