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  • #61
    hi i am 17 and will be 18 in 6 days and i was wanting to know if i could leave home ahaed of time

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      ccsmod15 commented
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      Hello, thanks for reaching out. It sounds like you are feeling pretty anxious about making this change and are feeling some urgency about wanting to escape your current situation. Your safety is the most important thing to consider. Please reach out to the police or use another resource to get help if you feel threatened or physically unsafe.

      The police response to a 17 year old leaving home will vary based on your state laws and also the specific protocols of your local government. Since it is a matter of days until you are a legal adult, it is unlikely that you will face the same legal repercussions as if you were a minor runaway that was much younger. It is possible they will look at how close you are to 18, and go ahead and work with you. But technically speaking, your parents are your legal guardians until the day you turn 18. So if they are really adamant about you staying, that might impact the strictness of the law enforcement you interact with.

      This probably doesn’t seem like a straight-forward answer, and that can be frustrating. If you would like to talk about this further or explore more of your options, please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or use our online chat option at www.1800runaway.org

      We wish you the very best of luck; please reach out if we can be of further help.

  • #62
    i am 17 and in less than a week will be graduated and in 50 days will be 18 and my house is toxic and literally killing me. will i get arrested for leaving ?

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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 forum 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

  • #63
    Hello I am 17 and I turn 18 in 5 weeks can I leave my home prior to having almost one month left ? I am planning to leave to my dads he don’t have full custody of me but I just can’t take it anymore with my mom which she has full custody of me and want to go with my dad would I get in trouble if I leave one month before I turn 18 with my dad ?

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    • ccsmod15
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      Hi there,



      Thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it takes a lot courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. It sounds like things at home are not so great right now and that living there no longer feels like a good option.

      Regarding staying with your dad, since you are still under the age of 18, your mom can still technically file a runaway report. Running away is not illegal but it is a status offense (something you cannot do because of your age). If your mom were to file a runaway report, then you could be found by the police and returned home. Also, there are laws about harboring runaways, so while this is rarer, you should know that it is possible for your dad to get in trouble if your mom files a runaway report. You can, however, with the permission of your mom stay with your dad.

      We recognize the complexity of your situation as you are about to turn 18 and once you do so, you will be able to make decisions on your own. It is important to note that we are not legal experts and cannot say for sure what would happen if you leave before turning 18. That being said, we can talk through some options if that is something that interests you.

      We are here to support you 24/7. If you would like to talk in more detail, please contact NRS either by calling 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or chatting online through 1800runaway.org.

      We hope to hear from you soon.

      Be safe,
      NRS
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