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  • ccsmod4
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    My girlfriend is 16 and i am 18


    Hello,
    Thank you for writing to us here at the National Runaway Safeline.

    We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. We are not legal experts so we are only able to offer general information.

    If a report is filed with the police, a runaway may be detained and returned home to their parent or guardian. Running away is not considered a criminal act but a status offense with the report being removed once the runaway is recovered.
    However to your point you should note that anyone considered to be aiding or harboring someone that has been reported as a runaway could face legal charges.
    Anytime there is a matter where the minor is being abused in the home by a parent, guardian etc. They have the right to file a child abuse report with child services.
    To do so they might consider contacting Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org
    To learn more about the runaway laws in your state contact the non-emergency number to your local police department.
    Hours are most likely normal business hours 9am-to 5pm.
    You can usually find the non-emergency number online.
    Another option is to seek legal counsel. You may be able to locate some legal aid resources in your area by searching online.

    NRS is here to listen and here to help.
    We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email or bulletin for assistance. If you would like to talk more in detail and share more about how we can help specifically, please call or chat soon.

    Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).

    Take care,
    NRS

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    My girlfriend is 16 and i am 18 she is turning 17 fairly soon, unfortunatly not only has her mother his her on numerous occasions for her self harming. But she has had me pay all the bills for the last 4 months. I'd lile to take my girlfriend away, as i am ready to face any and all legal consequences. I suppose my only question is if i cross state lines is it a heavier offense ? Will i have a chance to explain and perhaps show that i was doing it for the well being of a minor ? or will we simply be swept under a large blanket of statistics who get swept away in the system ? Also if i should find myself in court can i her boyfriend have a legal counsil show that her parent is unfit ?

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi, thanks for reaching out to NRS!

    This is a really great question. We are not legal experts; however, from what we know if you leave home without permission then your parents can report you as a runaway. This is not illegal, so you would not be arrested. But if the police know where you are then they might return you home. Because you are so close to 18, the police are not necessarily going to consider this an urgent matter or actively search for you. In some cases, the police do not consider you a runaway at 17. The best way to know for sure what the protocol is in your area is to call the local police department's non-emergency number to ask questions which can be done anonymously.

    We want to support you through this decision to leave and anything that follows. We are available 24/7 by phone (800-786-2929) and chat if you would like to talk more about your next steps.

    Good luck,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    If im 17 and 6 months and I want to run away, will the cops try to file it or will they leave it be since im almost 18? I also live in colorado so I just curious before I decide to actually leave.

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  • ccsmod7
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    Hi there, thanks for reaching out today. Sounds like you are going through a lot at home, and you were reported as a runaway after leaving home last night to return a device to your friend.

    Unfortunately, from our general knowledge, at 16 or 17 you cannot call police and take yourself off of their runaway list due to being a minor. Generally, 18 is the age you become a legal adult and can leave home without permission. It sounds like your parents said something that could be seen as them giving you permission to stay. Unfortunately, permission is not legally binding, so they do have the right to go back on it and report you as a runaway if you do not come home.

    Generally speaking, if you are found by police while listed as a runaway you could be returned home. Your friend could be at risk of your parents attempting to charge them with harboring a runaway if they are 18 or older. Due to your age and situation, it might be hard for your parents to press those charges but it is always a risk we want to warn folks about.

    We know this information might not be what you were wanting to hear. Please do not hesitate to call or chat if you have questions, need resources, or need to talk: 1-800-RUNAWAY; www.1800runaway.org. 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.

    -NRS

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    Guest replied
    Hi I'm 16 and 17 in 29 days, I ran away from home last night because I was holding onto a device for my friend and had a spare phone that my parents wouldn't allow me to have. My parents were verbally and emotionally abusing me with there words while calling me names and such. My parents filed me as a runaway also last night and I was wondering how I can tell the police that I'm not a runaway and that they told me to leave home and return my friends things and I qoute " stay as long as long as it takes till she gets her things back from you" so once I was done returning the devices I had walked to a friends house for support. I'm so lost on what I can do without having to go back home because I will be 17 in 29 days and I don't want to go back. I also don't want to get my friends parents in trouble.

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  • ccsmod1
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    Hey there,

    Thanks so much for reaching out and sharing a little bit about what's been going on, we know that it takes a lot of courage. If your daughter is still a minor you can file a runaway report. We aren't legal experts here at NRS, but generally speaking, running away isn't illegal but it is considered a status offense (like smoking underage, etc.) so she won't be in any legal trouble. Once the report is filed the police will look for her and if located they will return her to you.

    It sounds like you care about your daughter a lot; this must be really exhausting. One resource that could be helpful is Team HOPE (Help Offering Parents Empowerment) or missingkids.org/teamhope - it's a support group for parents who have runaway and missing children.

    If you’d like to go over what’s going on in depth, or if you’d like to explore other options that you may have available to you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. You can also chat us by clicking on the “CHAT” button on top of our homepage. We’re open 24/7 and here to listen and support you in any way we can.

    All the best,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    If your daughter is in an emotionally draining and she has been self harming herself relationship where her boyfriend is 18 and you told her to choose between him or your parents and she chose him is there anything the parents can do to make sure she is safe?

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hi there,

    Thanks for reaching out to National Runaway Safeline and sharing a little bit about what is going. It takes a lot of courage to reach out and especially in a time where you have a really tough situation at home. You can report the abuse to Child Help at 1-800-422-4453 if that is something you are comfortable with. If staying at home doesn't feel like a safe option to you right now, please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY so we can be able to talk through your options on where to stay and give you specific resources in your area. You can look up some of these options yourself using: 211.org or the nationalsafeplace.org.

    It can be difficult to talk to your parents and express your feelings given the situation. We would encourage you to reach out to a trusted adult, teacher, relative, and friend that you can talk to and potentially help you mediate a conversation with your parents about your current situation. At NRS, we do offer a service call conference calling, where you can call into our hotline and then we would reach out to your guardian and help advocate for you, help you express the needs you have to your parents. . You mentioned them threatening to call the police if you leave, running away is not a legal offense. If the police were to find you, they would bring you back to your legal guardians. There are no legal consequences for you leaving, however, your safety would be a big concern

    We are here for you and will support you in any way that we can. Please feel free to call into us directly as we can talk further about your situation and find resources and come up with a safe plan. Stay strong and you are not alone in this! Our hotline (1-800-RUNAWAY) and chat are open 24/7.
    -NRS

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    Guest replied
    I'm 17, I live in Colorado. can I get in trouble with the state and my parents if I run away from a physically and verbally abusive home? Will I be forced to return home? Every time we get into a fight/ argument they tell me to leave but when i try to they threaten to call that cops on me. i don't like the environment i'm in and i'm beginning to fear my own safety

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,
    Thank you for contacting The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. We are not legal experts but we do have general knowledge of the laws. Because you are a minor your father still has the right to file a runaway report. Most likely if the police found you they would most likely bring you back home. Because your parents do have 50/50 custody that may make things a little different. To find the best answer it may be best to call your local non-emergency police department. You can call them anonymously and ask them about how they would handle a runaway with your situation. If you would like us to call and ask you can always call us. We hope this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any more questions or would like to talk more please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to listen and provide support.
    We wish you the best of luck, and remember to stay strong.
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    Hi I am 17 and live in Colorado and would like to live with my Mom full time but my Dad said he would report me as a runaway. My parents have 50-50 custody. I love my Dad but just more comfortable at my Moms. What can I do?

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  • ccsmod15
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    Thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you and your friend have been going through a tough time, but we are here to support you and your friend and help in any way we can.

    We’re not legal experts here at NRS, but generally, once a youth turns 18, they can no longer be considered a runaway. They would not have to stay with their parents once they are a legal adult. You could consider calling your local nonemergency police department to ask about their policies. We also have legal aid resources here if you have specific questions about the laws in your state.

    We want you to know that no one deserves to be abused, and your friend should not have to go through that. Also, if your friend hasn’t already, she could consider reporting the abuse she’s been experiencing. If you want more information about abuse reporting or if you want to file a report, you could call Child Help at 1-800-422-4453 or you could call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929) or chat with us online.

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

    It sounds like all of your friend’s struggles are making her want to leave home. If she does decide to leave home, she could consider thinking about ways to make sure she stays safe. She could explore ways she would pay for food, shelter, clothing and other necessary things. She could think about how long she would stay away, where she would stay, and what things would be like when she returns. She could consider what she would do if she felt that she was in danger or had an emergency.

    There are also many resources that could help you and your friend find a safe place if she’s in need or help 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 and your friend have 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
    Im asking this out of curiosity for a friend. My close friend recently was listed as a runaway due to leaving the abusive household until she turns 18. She will be 18 in like two weeks, will she still be counted as a runaway or would she be safe to come out of hiding?

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  • ccsmod4
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    Reply: Hello, I'm a 17 year old...



    Hello,
    Thank you for writing to us here at the National Runaway Safeline.

    We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. We would like to be of assistance to you if we can. It is times like these that would be nice to have a listening ear. It is also important that you remember to exercise self-care. Would you consider a reexamination? We understand if that is not something not up for consideration. Another consideration is to weigh options for living apart from your mother again. Options might look like a college dorm, independent living programs that provide shelter or housing.
    We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat so that we might learn a little more about your situation and how we might assist you. If you would like to talk more in detail and share more about how we can help specifically, please call or chat soon.

    Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).

    We hope to hear from you soon.

    Take care,
    NRS


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