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  • ccsmod15
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    That's a great question. If your girlfriend leaves home without permission her parents have the right to file a runaway report and anyone she stays with (in this case, your parents) could be accused of harboring a runaway, which is a misdemeanor. So, there definitely could be some legal consequences.

    We'd like to help your girlfriend out further but would need a bit more information about her situation to see how we might be able to assist. The best way for us to do that is if she (or you) can give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat with us via our website, www.1800runaway.org. We are here 24/7 and are confidential and nonjudgmental. Hope that info helps! Please stay safe and we hope to hear from you or her soon!

    NRS

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    Hi I’m a 12 years old and my girlfriend want to run away from home. I wanted to know if it was legal or not if my parents take her in

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,
    Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. It seems like your friend is going through a difficult time right now. It is great that you are there to support them.
    We are not legal experts but we do have some information. If your friend were to stay with you without permission your parent’s could get in trouble for harboring a runaway. Usually that would consist of a fine they would need to pay or a misdemeanor. To find out what would happen for sure you can always call your local police and ask them.
    We wish you the best of luck in your situation. If you have any more questions or would like to explore more options please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to listen and to provide support. Best of luck!
    NRS

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    Hey, one of my close friends has run away from a verbally abusive mother. Could she stay with me ?

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  • ccsmod4
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    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 you should ever be at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you 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

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    So I’m 16, my home life is pretty stressful and I cannot live here anymore, I’d like to run away to my friend’s house, but I don’t know if there is a law for that in Michigan. And I have no idea what to do. I wanna live with my friend because it’s more reliable and my name wouldn’t get talked down on there.
    Last edited by ccsmod4; 12-19-2019, 08:16 AM.

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,

    Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. It sounds like you are going through a really difficult time right now. Divorce can be really difficult and overwhelming for everyone involved.
    We are not legal experts but do have some information on the laws. If you were to leave home without permission your legal guardian could file a runaway report. If the police do find you they most likely would bring you home. Also whoever you were to stay with could potentially get in trouble for harboring a runaway.
    You could consider talking with a school counselor about what has been going on. Sometimes talking to a professional can help you feel better and they may be able to provide you with resources. We hope this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any more questions or would like to explore your options please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to listen and to provide support. We wish you the best of luck!
    NRS

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    im 12 and I hate it at home my parentes are devorced and I want my friends house to be my new home my parents have not abused me or anything like that I would just rather live there because I feel like it would be a good thing my mom wont give up custity and my dad wont eather so im thinking on running away to there house but I know they would bring me back to my mom so I wan them to have full custity

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  • ccsmod6
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    Hey there,
    Thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline, we understand it can be difficult to reach out and we are glad you did. You are a brave person for reaching out. It seems like you have gone through a lot with the fighting and your mom putting her hands on you. You do not deserve to be treated so unfairly like that.
    You do have a right to report. Even if you may not have any marks or bruises, your mother putting her hands on you is hurting you more than just physically. If you have any questions about reporting you can contact Child Help, they are the National Child Abuse Hotline, and they can answer any questions you may have about reporting, what the outcome may look like, as well as being there for you if you want to talk about what is going on at home. Their number is 1-800-422-4453, you can also go on their website and start a chat with them at www.childhelp.org. We can also help you file that report if it is something you are interested in.
    Now we are not legal experts, but unfortunately because you are still a minor, if your mother does decide to make a runaway report to the police and since she is your legal guardian, the police will remove you from your friend’s home and take you back home or there is the possibility they will detain you at the station until your mom picks you up. Along with your mom making a runaway report, your friend and her parents could be put at risk for harboring a runaway, they can get charged with a fine or it been seen as a misdemeanor. Until you are 18 years old, you would need your mother’s consent when it comes to a different living arrangement, for you to not be forced to go back home you would have to make the abuse report because after that they are going to make decisions based off what is best for you. We are not sure off the top of our heads about your friend’s parents being able to obtain custody but if you want to talk more in depth about your situation or have any more questions, we can provide resources to legal services who may have a more concrete answer. We are here for you and here to help you, do not hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-786-2929 or start a chat with us at www.1800runaway.org.

    Best of Luck,
    NRS

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    Hello, i recently ran away from home. I am 16 and live in Ottawa Kansas, my mother had told me not to come home to get clothes or anything and not to come to the house to go and leave as i please. so i haven't returned home and I have been staying with a friend for about a week now and they have provided me with all my needs and concerns. but today my mom decides to text me and say she is sending the police to my friends location. i was wondering if their is anyway I could stay without them taking me back home to my mom. We are always fighting and she puts her hands on me but i do not currently have any marks or bruises. what can i do, in order to not be forced to go back to my mom. and is their anyway my friends parents could get custody of me without my mothers consent.

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hey there thanks for reaching out
    It seems like you have a lot going on right now that makes things seem really difficult. Depression is difficult for anyone to go through especially with a strict parent at home and pressure from grades. It is understandable you would want to escape the situation.
    Going to your friend’s house without letting your parents know might result in them filing a runaway report which means if the police find you they would simply bring you back home. There might be a risk of your friend’s parents getting in trouble for harboring a runaway as well. If you have parents’ permission you can usually stay as long as you want at someone else’s house though.
    It might be worth trying to talk to your teacher about your math scores and see if there is something you can do to get a better grade. Often times if you are willing to show you are trying to learn a teacher will do their best to help you and give you a passing grade. There are good and bad teachers though, but don’t be afraid to ask for help!
    If you do need other help or have other questions you can always call or chat with us at 1-800-786-2929. Stay strong!

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    Guest replied
    hi,im 15 im in grade 10 and ive been smoking weed since 9th grade,my life sucks i have depression and my step mom smelled weed in my room so i gave her my grinder ect. i want to run away and go to my second family which is my bestfriends house i could just go onto the bus ride home with her after school her mom loves me. I dont know what to do im also failing math and my step mom is very strict

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  • ccsmod1
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and it is good that you are taking the initiative to look into the legal aspects of leaving home.

    We are not legal experts, but in general it is not illegal to run away. If you leave home, your mom does have the right to call the police and file a runaway report. That means if you're found, the police could return you back home. The police do not always actively search for runaways, but if your mom had an idea of where you were she could ask them to check it out and bring you home.

    In many states, there is a "harboring a runaway" law which basically means that if an adult, like your boyfriend's parents, lets you stay with them and they know that you don't have permission to be there, they can get in trouble with the law. Although these laws are not often enforced, assisting a runaway teenager may result in criminal charges for harboring a runaway or contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

    We hope this information has been helpful to you! We want to be here to support you however we can. If you'd like to talk more about your situation, please give us a call at 1-800-786-2929, or chat with us through our website at www.1800RUNAWAY.org. We are 24/7, always here to listen, here to help.
    Best of luck!

    NRS

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    Guest replied
    I'm and 16 can I leave and go live with my boyfriend outta state? What can my mom do and what can my boyfriend get charged with?

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  • ccsmod8
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    Hello there –

    Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to reach out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline. We are always here to listen and here to help in any way that we can. It can be very frustrating not knowing what to do or what your next step might be from this point on. We are mainly here for support and help find some guidance to local resources that might be able to help a youth through their particular situation and we aren’t here to tell you what to do because you know your situation a lot better than we do.

    Now as you have read in other replies or threads that we aren't legal experts here but like we tell a lot of our callers, the laws on that specific subject of running away vary from state to state, so our advice would be call your local non-emergency police number to get more information on that. Generally what typically happens in each state is if you are below the legal age of majority (18 in most states except Alabama and Nebraska [19 or upon marriage], and Mississippi [21]), your parents or legal guardian would be able to make a runaway report in the event that you do run away. Since it’s only considered a statues offense and not a crime to run away, the only thing that would happen is that the police will pick you up and bring you back home.

    Now if your parents did file a runaway report, they can choose to press charges on those for harboring a runaway (ie. friend or neighbor). Harboring a runaway is when that party is not giving accurate information on a runaways whereabouts. That could lead to a number of different legal issues such as misdemeanor charges (fines or jail charges). From what we know it isn’t something that typically happens, but it is in place to detour individuals from helping runaway minors from not returning home or lying on a runaways behalf.

    Your parent(s) may give you permission to live with another family/friend or relative, but without getting an official document from the court they would still be legally responsible for you. Which means that they can also take away that permission at any given moment and take you back home to live with them once again. So that can be an option for you if you feel like your parent(s) might respond well to you living someplace else. Maybe coming up with a solid plan about what you’re planning on doing, how everything is going to work, and any miscellaneous things could be helpful in them seeing how much work you have put into this plan.

    Hope this answers your questions!
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