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    complicated runaway situation for 17yr old

    Hi, I'm posting for a friend that I'm concerned about. He wants to runaway from home and has almost all his stuff at an adult friend's house. He is facing depression on suicidal thoughts, but they haven't really been a dressed by his parents who either write it off or victimize themselves every time he tells them.

    The complicatons are that me and him don't always do the best activities on our free time, and Im concerned that if he runs away they will ignore his reasons and say it's because his parents wouldn't let him do what he wants. I honestly thought of doing what he's about to last year, but decided against it because I could wait, But he is unwavering in his attempt to leave. If he does though all of the not so great things we do are gonna bite us, and everyone we do them with, in the ass. I fear the result will be that he ends up back home and isn't allowed to see any of us anymore.

    I offered to go clean with him if he could just stick it out at his house until he's 18, but he still wants to leave, I want to support him but I don't know what I should do to help him, if I should support his leaving or try and get him to stay. I don't want him to end up on the streets but I really don't want him to kill himself. How can I help him?

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    re: colorado runaway laws?

    Hi there,

    Thanks for reaching out tonight. It’s great that you’re wanting to make sure of your rights and put together a plan before you make a decision on what to do. So let’s see how we can help you out.

    You’re right that once you turn 18, you are a legal adult. That means you gain legal responsibility for yourself and that you get to do what you want with your money and you get to decide where you want to live. If your mom calls the police, the police might make a missing persons report but they would not make you go back home. Usually what you would have to do with a missing person’s report is just call the police station and tell them that you are not actually missing. Your mom doesn’t have any legal rights to make you come back home.

    Now, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be any consequences for leaving. If and when you return back home, how do you think your mom is going to respond? Thinking through that question can be a good next step for you. It’s great that you’re working through what happens next.

    Please reach out to us if you have any other questions through our hotline or through our website (www.1800runaway.org). You can call us 24 hours a day at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929). We are confidential and anonymous. If you aren’t able to call, you can chat with us from 4.30pm-11.30pm central time.

    We look forward to your call or chat.

    Best of luck to you,

    NRS

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    colorado runaway laws?

    hello I am 18 years of age, recently my mother and I are not getting along she forbid me to see my current boyfriend who is 23. I was wondering what would happen if she were to call the cops on me as report me as a runaway? I am aware that 18 is legal adult age but does anyone know what actually happens when a parent tries to call the cops and report a runaway if they're already 18. Thank you

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  • ccsmod11
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    re: 17 year old runaway law in Colorado

    Hello,

    Thanks for reaching out to us. It must be difficult not to feel supported by your mom during this challenging time. It sounds like you are unable to reach out to others for support. We’re here to listen.

    You're asking a good question. We aren't legal experts, but we are able to speak generally as to what might happen if you decide leave without your mom's permission. If you do decide to leave, your mom has the right to file a runaway report with the police. Unfortunately, even if you tell the police that your mom told you to leave, the police could return you to your mom if she filed a runaway report. The reason for this is because your mom is legally responsible for you until you turn 18. If you told the police that you feel unsafe, they would most likely contact Child Protective Services, and still return you home. Then CPS would investigate to see if you are safe there.

    You stated that you feel like you are being verbally and physically abused. If that is the case, it may be helpful to reach out to Childhelp a national child abuse hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) to gain a better idea of what the process of leaving home may look like in your area.

    Another option to consider is a conference call. This is service that we provide if you feel you need a third party on the line while having a conversation with your mom. Communicating how you feel to your family is not always easy and we would be happy to provide support.

    For additional support or resources please feel free to give us a call at 1800-RUNAWAY (786-2929). We're anonymous, confidential and available 24/7. You can also chat with us through our website (www.1800runaway.org) from 4.30pm-11.30pm Central Time. We're here to help, talk through other options, listen to what going's on and just be a general support to you.

    Best of luck,

    NRS

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    17 year old runaway law in Colorado

    hi. im 17 years old in Colorado. Me and my mom do not get along at all. She is emotionally and verbally abusive. Recently, i was in a behavioral clinic for severe depression and anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Most of this is because of her. Since ive been back home, she thinks im lying about my depression and im trying to play a game and get peoples attention. shes blocked me off from everything and everyone. it has made me even more depressed. everyday she tells me that if i dont like the rules in her house, that i should just get out of the house. every time i say ok i will, she says no. She would rather put me in foster care. I cant do this emotionally anymore. I just want to leave. She says she will call the cops if i leave. I was wondering what the runaway laws were in colorado. if i do leave and the cops come after me, cant i just say that she told me to leave and that i feel unsafe? i need help. Anything.
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