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  • #46
    I am 16 and a half turning 17 next February and I was wondering what the laws are if I were to move out when when I turn 17. My parents and I haven't gotten along since their divorce and while it's not abusive it has been causing a strain on my already fragile mental stability. I am planning to get a job and move in with some friends next summer but am worried my parents will call the cops on me. If I do it without their direct permission but let them know where I'm living still can I do this? Or will they still be able to force me back home by calling the cops?

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    • #47
      Reply: I am 16 and a half turning 17

      Hello,
      Thanks for contacting 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.
      Just so that you know we are not legal experts and only can provide some general legal information when it comes to someone running away or someone assisting/aiding a person running away.

      Someone under 18 that leaves home, the parent/guardian may file them as a runaway and they may be returned home. Also, those that a reported runaway stays with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. Anyone found to be assisting or aiding someone to run away may also find themselves at risk legally. For more specifics on the law, you might consider contacting the local non-emergency number for the police. You might also look for a legal aid center in the area. They may be able to answer any legal questions on the subject.

      If you would like to talk more in detail 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 your friend should ever be at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage them to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.
      Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).


      Take care,
      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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      • #48
        Hi I am 17 in Colorado I’ll be 18 in 8 months and I almost ran away tonight but I thought it best I wouldn’t because I am unsure of the consequences. I am having a lot of problems at home with my parents and feel like I really can’t go on anymore being with them but they are way too overprotective to let me go anywhere. Although I have my drivers license they won’t let me get a car or insurance and now are forcing me to quit me job just because they don’t like my boyfriend. If I run away, will the person I go to for help be in trouble for harboring me in any way? And if so, does it matter who I go to? For example my boyfriend versus my grandpa. Also is there any way I am allowed to stay with someone else for a short period of time without their permission?

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        • #49
          Hi there,

          Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. We're sorry to hear about all that you have been facing and want you to know that you have the right to feel safe and happy in your home. We are not legal experts but generally speaking, if you leave while still 17, your parents could file a runaway report and you could be returned home. There could also be legal consequences for whomever you stay with for what is called harboring a minor. One thing you can do is reach out to your local police to inquire how they handle runaway reports for 17 year olds. Some cities and departments treat them differently because a 17 year old is so close to becoming a legal adult. The way to get the most accurate information would be to call your local police non-emergency number and anonymously inquire about their practices. The harboring a runaway law would apply the same to anyone that you ran away to and also it wouldn't matter whether you stayed somewhere for a short or long period of time. If a runaway report is filed, any of those consequences could happen. If you need help finding this number or you want to walk through any other options you have, we can be reached at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929).

          Best,

          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
          info@1800runaway.org (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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          • #50
            Hello. I'm a 20 year old who is best friends with a 16 year old. Her father is physically abusive and her and her mom don't get along. She told me that if I can't get her out of the house she's going to kill herself. What are the rules for someone to take someone else out of the situation? Please help me. I don't want to loose a friend and a sister.

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            • ccsmod10
              ccsmod10 commented
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              Thanks for reaching out to NRS via our forum. We appreciate you looking out for your friend and being a support for them. We hope our response will be helpful.

              It sounds like home life your friend is really stressful, due to the abuse. Abuse is never okay, no one deserves to be hurt in any way, no matter the situation. A minor (18 and under) who is being abused at home, always has a right to report that abuse. If your friend ever wanted to make an abuse report or explore more what the reporting process looks like, Child Help is the National Child Abuse Hotline (800) 422-4453, can walk them through that. They also help youth find ways to have their custody transferred to safe adult or family member in their life. NRS is also able to make abuse reports, if you wanted to pass along our information to them, so they can call into our safeline.

              Talking to school counselors or teachers about his situation, could provide them with additional support. We have heard of some cases when parents do file a runaway report, they can press charges on a friend's family for harboring a runaway (adults over the age of 1. Harboring a runaway is when they are not giving accurate information on the youth’s whereabouts, or do not give the youth up if the police come. Harboring a Runaway is a misdemeanor and fairly hard to prove. We rarely hear about that charge, parents of the runaway must take the case to court and pay for the fees, etc. Lastly, we do have a database of resources. We would be happy to look for legal aid resources, they may know more about ways for her to legally move out early.

              Again, thank you for reaching out to us and looking out for your friend. It sounds like you’re doing your best to be supportive. If you or your friend would like to talk more about the situation, don’t hesitate to call out to our 24/7 safeline or use our chatting services.


              Be well, NRS

          • #51
            I am 15 can I leave home
            Last edited by ccsmod2; 09-22-2018, 07:46 PM.

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            • ccsmod2
              ccsmod2 commented
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              Thank you so much for reaching out to NRS, we are here to help and we are here to listen. We are not legal experts, but in most states in order to leave home you must be 18 years old. Running away is not a criminal offense, it is a status offense so the police would most likely bring you back home if your parents were to file a runaway report. Also if you were staying with someone they could potentially be charged with harboring a runaway. Your safety is our top priority so if you are thinking of leaving home you could think of places you would go such as a family or friends house. Also ways you would survive such as getting food. If staying with a friend or family member is not an option you may want to look into shelters in your area. If you would like we could provide you with some once we know your city and state. Again Thank you for reaching out to NRS we are here 24/7 so if you would like to discuss your situation further feel free to chat or call us.

          • #52
            Hi I’m 17 years old, and I want to know a few things, Me and my mom are working with CPS, Child Protective services, and the reason to why I’m with my mom is because my father has been abusing me for years and I told my mom everything of what he has been doing to me and she decided to help me. I have been diagnosed with PTSD, Post dramatic distress, and the CPS woman told me if the cops show up to my house I can deny to to be returned, because California does not have jurisdiction in Colorado, my dad lives currently in El Centro California and he’s trying to gain my custody and I’m denying to go back to him, I was even told if the judge tells me to return to my father, I can deny and the judge can’t really do anything, I need help with advice, I need to know if CPS can really help me.

            Thank you if you respond.
            My name is Daniel J.

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            • ccsmod9
              ccsmod9 commented
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              We want to thank you for reaching out to us here at NRS. We know that often times life gets hard and it is even harder to seek help and support. However we hope that we can listen and help in any way we can.
              Though we are not legal experts from what we can say is that if CPS is already involved then you are in safe hands. CPs would investigate into your case and would not send you anywhere unless they knew that you would not be abused. So yes CPS is definitely as good start. Know that cases take time and things sometimes go slowly. If you feel safer with you mom then that is a good thing and something CPS will take into account. At the end of the day our hope is that you might be able to have resources available to you and be able to make your own decisions based on what you consider is okay for you.
              Again we want to thank you for reaching out to us. We know that it took a lot for you to reach out and we want you to know we value your story and all that you’ve been through. We hope that you can find a solution to your current situation. If you do happen to have more questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call us at (1-800-786-2929) or online at (www.1800runaway.org ) on our chat option.
              Best Wishes-NRS

          • #53
            Hello. I'm not a runaway right now, but I've been considering it. I've been very stressed out from school. My teachers are all very rude, but my home life is fine I suppose. I've had really bad depression for the past couple years because my mother used to abuse me and my older sister. She does not live with me right now, and isn't with my dad, but I have constant horrible flashbacks to what she did. It's been 2 years, but it feels like yesterday. My stepmom and my dad are very nice, but my dad has recently started threatening to put me back with my mom because I'm not doing great in school. (I'm in 7th grade by the way) I get a lot of things I don't deserve. I feel like a spoiled brat. I've had multiple mental breakdowns because of school and stress, and I just don't know what to do anymore. I can't keep going to this school, but my dad is making me. He won't let me do homeschool or anything even though I explained to him before the school year started that I didn't want to go to normal school. It's not like I always have to get what I want, but he didn't even take it into consideration for a second. If I keep going to that school, I think I'll literally go insane. I can't take the stress anymore. I don't want to leave my dad, but it's the only option I have.

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            • ccsmod3
              ccsmod3 commented
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              Hello,
              Thanks for reaching out to us in a difficult time. It sounds like you have been thinking this through and really trying to look out for you mental health, which is important. It seem like you have a positive relationship with your dad and the stress is coming a lot from your school where there is a lot of pressure and how the teachers treat you. It may be good to revisit the topic of figuring out how to get support with what your experiencing at school and the depression you have been going through.

              You could seek help is reaching out to a friend, teacher, or counselor at school that can help you look for resources. Your mental health is important. You can also look at SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) at samhsa.gov (call them directly at 1-877-726-4727) or NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness 1-800-950-NAMI to help you find the support that you need. If you do ever feel in direct danger, to yourself, or some else makes you feel that way, please call out to 911 or reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255).

              It can be difficult to know how to talk to your parents and express your feelings about how you are feeling. 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.
              We are here for you and will support you in anyway that we can. Please feel free to call into us directly as we can talk further about your situation and find resources that are best for you in your area. Stay strong and you are not alone in this! Our hotline ( 1-800-RUNAWAY) and chat are open 24/7.

              We hope this response was helpful! We'd love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis email/forum. Your feedback plays an important role in helping us improve our services to support youth and families. Please click the link below to fill out our survey.

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          • #54
            Hello, I'm a 17 year old and I just moved back to Colorado a few months ago. When I was 16 I moved to WY to do a program called job corps. Well, I graduated from high school and everything and because I'm under 18 I had to move back in with my mom. My mom and I don't get along, so sense I have been back we have gotten in so many fights and everything. Anyways when I was seven I was diagnosed with both 1 and 2 bipolar disorder. And now that I am older I don’t believe that I am bipolar, so I refuse to take my meds. Well, my mom is now threating to have me locked up in the mental hospital so they can get me back on my meds. Well, I just started college and if I miss a few days I will be dropped out of the program. What can I do? I don’t want my meds, but I don’t want to be a college dropout. She constantly is throwing me out and now it has gotten to the point where I still have half of my stuff packed up.
            Last edited by ccsmod4; 01-09-2019, 02:00 AM.

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            • #55
              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


              We hope this response was helpful! We’d love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis email/forum. Your feedback plays an important role in helping us improve our services to youth and families. Please click the link to fill out our survey: Your Opinion Matters to Us
              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
              info@1800runaway.org (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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