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  • ccsmod4
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    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. It sounds like there are several issues you are having either about the relationship between your parents the one they have with you.
    It seems to be causing you a bit of frustrations. We understand how difficult situations can make things feel somewhat overwhelming and you just want to find an option out of it. Self –care is important so you did a good job by reaching out today to NRS.
    We are not legal experts but we offer some general information on the emancipation laws in Colorado. A juvenile over fifteen years of age and under eighteen years of age who has, with the real or apparent assent of the juvenile's parents, demonstrated independence from the juvenile's parents in matters of care, custody, and earnings. Etc.
    To gain more information you might consider contacting the legal services listed below.
    BOULDER CO LEGAL SERVICES

    Phone number: 303-449-7575

    8:30am-5:00pm Monday to Friday

    Fort Collins

    COLORADO LEGAL SERVICES

    Phone number: 970-493-2891

    8:30am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-4:00pm Monday to Friday
    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 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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    I’m 15 and in Colorado and very unhappy with my home life. I have a plan of a place I can move when I’m 16. But I don’t know the runaway laws. Can you file for emancipation at sixteen in Colorado? My parents never trust anything I say and all they do is complain about how they want to get divorced but won’t because I still live at home. My parents have also proven to have given my brother a very very hard time when he was around my age. But I’m not sure if they’d call the police and file runway on me. Because they never did for my brother when he would leave. What all do you need to file for emancipation? I really need to get out of my home. And I have a friend’s mom who wants me to move in with them to get me out of there. How can I go about this? Thanks

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  • ccsmod7
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    Thank you so much for reaching out to NRS. We are so sorry you are experiencing abuse at home by your parents. No child should be harmed in anyway by their parent.

    We here at NRS are not legal experts. We are also unfamiliar with the rule about a willing runaway that you are referring to. What we know is that often times running away is considered a status offense and is not illegal. Police will only return you home if there is a runaway report on file, and so it may be helpful to consider if your parents would file one. It is also up to the discretion of the police as to how they would handle your case since you are so close to being 18. It could be a good idea to anonymously call the non-emergency police line and ask how they normally handle these situations. Police, also, will not return youth home to unsafe situations. It could be could be worth considering filing an abuse report to avoid being put back into an unsafe situation. We realize this can be a really difficult decision, but we would be happy to help support you in doing this if you gave as a call.

    It sounds like you have really put some thought into this, and we are glad to hear that it sounds like you have some figures in your life of support. We really appreciate you reaching out. If you want to talk through any more of your options or want to discuss making an abuse report, we would be happy to help you. You can give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929). Again, thank you so much for contacting us.

    Best of luck,

    NRS

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    Hi, I’m 17 and I’m fixing to turn 18 in about 5 months. I’ve been in an abusive home for as long as I can remember. And it’s just getting worse with my parents. It’s all because I refuse to break up with my boyfriend. I can take care of myself financially, I’ve been paying my own bills sense I was 16, But if I runaway from home and move in with my grandparents could I still be forced to move back into an unsafe home? I’ve done a bunch of research and it said in the state of Colorado a willingly runaway 17 year old will not be forced by the police to go home if not proven to be in any danger. Is this also true?

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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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    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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    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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    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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