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Harboring a 17 year old runaway in CA

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    i just recently got adopted. i'm 17 years old. but i don't want to be with my adoptive family anymore. every single day they tell me bad things about myself and i'm so tired of it. i have diagnosed depression and anxiety and they are just making me so much worse. i feel like the only way out is to leave the home. other than that, i'm lost. and i don't know how long i can do this. i want to know if my friend would get in trouble for giving me a place to stay? i don't want to hurt or get anyone in trouble during this but i just can't do it anymore. because of the virus and all, if i left, they would not take me back. if they aren't even willing or wanting me back in the house, does that change anything?


    • ccsmod15
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      Hi there,
      Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. It seems there is a lot that you are faced with right now and you’re feeling like leaving is one of your only options. It seems you want to know some information on runaway laws.
      While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent permission. If you are under 18 and leave home, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. Also, those you stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions.
      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 forum to assist you. If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon.
      Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); (click on the chat button).
      If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.
      Be safe,
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