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    Hello, If a 17 year old is reported as a runaway and the parents know where he is ( at a friends house where parents are not helping with thew situation) can the police be called to go pick up this boy at the friends house?

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  • ccsmod7
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    Hello there, thanks for reaching out today. Sounds like home is pretty overwhelming for you right now, and you are wanting to leave before you turn 18. Here at NRS, we want to help inform you and support you during this difficult time.

    The easiest way you can leave home before you turn 18 is with your guardian's permission. This might be a difficult conversation to have, but legally you can stay anywhere that they say is okay. If you leave without permission before you turn 18, your guardians can attempt to file a runaway report for you with local police. Typically, if you are found by police you would be returned home. Police sometimes have different protocol for older 17 year old runaway youth. You might try to call your local police station's non-emergency number and anonymously ask questions about if they would take a runaway report for an older 17 year old and what that might look like.

    Please do not hesitate to call or chat us if you would like to discuss your situation further. We might be able to help brainstorm additional options for you, and we are always here to provide support.

    Best of luck to you,

    NRS

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    Hi i am 17 years old i will be 18 in 116 days in 3 months and 26 days there's a ton of problems at home i was wondering if i want to move out sooner would i be able too before my 18th birthday ? Will i get in trouble ?

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  • ccsmod6
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    Hi,

    Thanks so much for taking the time to reach out to us! Your question is a really great one. The answer can be a little bit tricky. So as you might know normally when a youth leaves home before the age of 18 they are considered a runaway. Running away is not illegal, but it is a status offense which means most of the time the police would have to bring you back home if they found you. If you're facing abuse at home you could always tell the police about what is going on, and they would likely investigate the situation and get child protective services involved. Sometimes police departments don't take runaway reports for 17 year olds or sometimes won't make 17 year olds go back home if they're in a more stable environment and are safe. This tends to differ from police department to police department, though, so it might be best to call out to your local police department and see what exactly they would do about the situation.

    We wish you the best of luck with everything! If you want more information or would even like us to call out to your local police department for you please don't hesitate to reach out to us. You can call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY, we are 24/7 so someone will always be here to answer.

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    Hello, i was just wondering that if i were to runaway at 17 and my parents were to file a runaway report, can the police force me to go back home if i refuse to go with them? What could happen if i refuse?

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello,

    Thanks for your question. We are a non legal service. If you are a minor, it is unlikely that running away means you will go to jail. Running away means your guardians are responsible for you, so they can contact the police if you choose to leave. You can be made to go back home if the police decide to do so. If you would like more information you could ask a caseworker for additional information.

    Good luck,

    NRS

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    Hi, I am 17 years old. I am in foster care. I feel the need to run away for personal reasons. But I don't know what would happen, especially if I am in the system. I tried to ask to get moved or emancipated. But both answers were flat out no's. Can I go to jail for running away?

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  • ccsmod0
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    Hello #27,
    Thank you for reaching out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline (NRS). It sounds like you are concerned for your daughter’s boyfriend and his sibling. From what you mentioned it seems like they are stuck in a hard place and you just want to help them out. We are very sorry to hear about this.
    Your heart is in the right place, trying to help these kids but they are being blocked from all helpful resources. If you think that it might help, you can pass along our phone number to them. We can talk to them more about their situation. We will try to work with them to brainstorm ways to make their living situation better, regardless if that is at home or not. We are not here to talk kids into or out of anything, our main concern is safety.
    One support resource you may find helpful is Child Help (National Child Abuse Hotline), a hotline dedicated to preventing child abuse and assisting children in need. The number is 1-800-422-4453 or you can go to childhelp.org. You as a concerned parent have the right to make a report and have an agent come out and investigate. If you ever feel as if their safety is in danger you can always call the police over to their house to do what is called a “safety check”.
    Again, thank you for contacting us. We hope this information helped. Please do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY for more direct support.
    We hope to hear from you soon,
    NRS

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    I am a parent concerned about my daughter's boyfriend's home situation. He communicates with us because his guardians are narcissistic and controlling of most "safe" places he should be able to turn to for communicating his need to talk to someone for advice (like school, church and local therapists), but they have forbidden him to speak to us and us to him. We don't want to turn him away when he reaches out to us, but don't want legal trouble either. The guardians have talked to lawyers who have told them to report to DFS on us. So he is stuck in a tough situation. He is being told what to think, say and do by his guardians and everyone the guardians have spoken to that he could have turned to if things were normal. What can we do, or advise him to do? The kids are both under 18 with a 2 year age difference between them.

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  • ccsmod9
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    Re: 17 year old runaway law in Colorado

    Hello there,

    Thanks for reaching out to us here on the National Runaway Safeline forum. It sounds like things are pretty hard right now with dad always yelling at you. That can be a really frustrating environment to live in.

    We’re sorry to hear that dad continually tells you that you’re able to leave but calls the police on you when you go. Unfortunately, as long as you’re still a minor he will have the right to keep doing that. We’re not legal experts here, but we do know that you’d need to be considered an adult in the eyes of the law before you’d be able to leave home without the threat of the police getting involved. Even if your brother is an adult, you’re still underage.

    It sounds like home life is causing you some stress. If you’d like, you could try calling in here at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929). In addition to emotional support for this trying time, we’d also be able to offer a conference call service with you and your father. If you’d like to try to have a conversation with him about how life at home is and what you’d like to see changed, we’d be able to help facilitate that conversation and try to help reach a compromise with your father. If this sounds like a good idea to you, please don’t hesitate to call! We’re 24/7 and confidential.

    Best of luck,
    NRS

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    Re: 17 year old runaway law in Colorado

    hey so I am 16 and my dad tells me if i am not happy I can just leave the house and everytime I do he calls the cops. The thing is he yells at me and my brother all the time and my brother is 18 so what if I ran away with him since he is 18

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  • ccsmod4
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    Reply: 18 in a few days and I'm going to leave

    Hello,
    Thanks for contacting the National Runaway Safeline.

    In most states the legal age of adulthood is eighteen meaning that legally you are an adult and independent to make your own decisions.
    Check with your local police department to learn the age of majority by calling the non-emergency number and ask about the legal age stature in your state.

    Take care,
    NRS

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    18 in a few days and I'm going to leave

    So I turn 18 on November 19th and I've been not getting along with my parents ever since I can remember is constant fighting.... there's moments where there is peace in the house but after one fight happens a avalanche of other stuff comes after that and that can drag out for a long time. My boyfriend and I have been dating for a long time and he's asked for me to go and live with him till things could get better or just live with him permanently.
    After I turn 18 this Saturday will I be able to leave with out having the police drag me back home? Will I run into and legal problems?

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  • ccsmod16
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    Re: 17 year old runaway law in Colorado

    Hello,
    Thank you for calling the National Runaway Safeline. It is very brave of you to reach out to us during this difficult time. It sounds like you've had a tough experience with the group home and you do not want to go back. While we are not legal experts at NRS, it does not seem likely that the group home would return your belongings while you're a runaway, and there's no guarantee they'll return them when you turn 18. If you do not want to go back to the group home because you don't feel safe, it's important to contact your caseworker and explain the situation so that you could get moved to a different one. If you decide that you do not want to go back to any group home, it's important to make sure you are safe on the streets. This includes planning out a place to stay and ways to afford food. If you ever find yourself homeless, you can give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY and we could help you find a shelter to stay at. You can also give us a call if you want some legal aid resources which could provide you with more direct legal advice regarding your rights in this specific situation. Once again, thank you for calling and we hope to hear from you soon. Good luck!

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    Re: 17 year old runaway law in Colorado

    Hi,
    I'm a 17 year old runaway in the state of Colorado. I ran away from the group home I was in and they filed a runaway report at the police station. I ran away Thursday night and now it's currently Sunday. I tried to go back last night and get my stuff from the group home but they already had it packed away and locked up so I couldn't get it. They said I had to get permission from my caseworker to be able to get my stuff back and for obvious reasons there there is no way my caseworker is going to approve of that. I have never done anything criminal and I was taken out of my house because of abuse. I am now trying to figure out what to do and what my rights are. I have about 4,000 dollars but the group home is in possession of all that money. What are my options? What are my rights? I refuse to go back in the system.

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