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  • Hello i ran away the cops came to search mg buddies house but didnt find me if i keep hiding until im 18 could the cops find me if im always on the move?

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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. We aren't legal experts here at NRS, but, if you left home your guardians can file a runaway report, which is essentially a missing person report (it seems like they may have already done this). Running away is a status offense; this means that it isn’t illegal, but it’s something you can’t do while still a minor. If a runaway report is filed and you are located by the authorities you will most likely be returned home. If you have still not returned home and turn 18 then the police can contact you to male sure you are OK but will leave you where you are since you would be an adult.


      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.

      Stay safe,
      NRS

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  • If there’s a runaway report on my name ,can I still leave to Mexico ?

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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. Unfortunately we are not able to tell you yes or no about being able to leave the country while being a runaway. If your name is run through the police data base it would show if there was a runaway report on you.

      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).

      If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to or seek emergency assistance immediately.
      We hope to hear from you soon.

      Take care,
      NRS

  • I’m trying to runaway with this girl any ideas what state would be fine to make a decent living

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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. Sorry but we don’t have any information we could give you on that. You might consider checking online for states with best job opportunities.

      We want you to know that we are here as support to help you during 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 about your situation or explore some options, please call or chat soon.

      Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).


      We hope to hear from you soon.

      Take care,
      NRS

  • Hi I’m 16 I have runaway for the fourth time but this time I’m out of the state.
    Will the police come to another state to find me, I’m never going back even if they do find me I will just keep running away my family is abusive.

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    • ccsmod13
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      Hi there,

      Thank you for taking the time to write us here at NRS. While we are not legal experts, we can speak generally on this. Your parents or legal guardians can report you as a runaway to the police if you leave without permission. Running away is not illegal, but it is a status offense. This basically means your parents can ask police to return you home if you are found. In most cases the police do not actively search for someone who ran away but they will follow up on information your parents have and the check the places where your parents suggest you might be. If you come into contact with law enforcement in any state your name will be flagged as a runaway. From what we know, the local police can coordinate with police departments in other states if they know where you are staying.

      Your safety is a priority and we want you to know that you are not alone in this. We are available 24/7 to listen and help as much as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact us by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or through live chat 1800runaway.org if you would like to talk more about your situation.

      Stay safe,
      NRS

  • Hello, I’ve looked through some of these comments and would first like to say thank you for helping people with these situations and giving people advice. I have a few questions, first I’ll explain the situation. My friend from Utah has a horrible home life, he is extremely poor and is treated poorly at home. He wants to run away to California and live with my mom and me. However he has 3 younger siblings and doesn’t know what to do with them. He loves his mom however she is an unfit parent, no abuse goes on it’s just a horrible home life. My friend has not been in school in over a year and truly believes that he has no future going on for him because he can’t even attend school. My friend and I are hoping that he can move in with me, do schooling here (my district requires a legal guardian though to apply for school so we don’t know what to do there), and get a job so he can support his mom and siblings back in Utah. We have been doing research about emancipation in Utah but 1. He can’t independently manage his financial affairs (his mom won’t let him get a job) and 2. If he were to emancipate himself he isn’t sure what would happen to his siblings. My questions are 1. If he were to runaway is there any way he could receive schooling in a different state (Cali) 2. Is there any way that my mom could avoid legal troubles 3. If he were to run away and his mom filed a missing person’s report what would happen if he was essentially found (like would my mom get in trouble for harboring a runaway) 4. Is there any advice you could give? We are doing a lot of research but it is so hard to simply find the right answers online. He wants to runaway but is super worried about what would happen to his family.
    Last edited by ccsmod4; 10-02-2020, 05:31 AM.

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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.
      While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent/guardian permission. If you are under 18 and leave home, they may file you as a runaway and if picked up by the police 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, contact the local non-emergency number to the police or legal aid may better answer legal questions. To learn more about continuing education while being a runaway/homeless minor you might consider contacting National Center for Homeless Education 1 -(800) 308-2145 nche.ed.gov/

      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 would like to talk more in detail 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

  • Hi,
    my home is very bad for me to be at and I want to run away from Oklahoma to Texas I’m 15 and I don’t know the laws of it all. I have an older sister there who is an adult and said she can take care of me. Is that legal?

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    • 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 even if they are staying with biological family. 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 email 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); www.1800runaway.org (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,
      NRS

  • My name’s Adelaide, I’m 15 and currently in Nevada. My parents are emotionally and mentally abusive toward me and I’ve been thinking of running away with my girlfriend (14) but she’s in Maine. We both are in pretty bad situations and both desperately want to leave. We want to leave the country once we’re both legal age to do so but it keeps getting worse at home. What would be the best option?

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    • ccsmod15
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      You mentioned experiencing emotional abuse which may be reportable against your parents. Please keep in mind you by no means deserve any type of abuse, emotional or otherwise. Unfortunately, emotional abuse is often harder to provide evidence for compared to physical abuse which is often what CPS relies on when conducting an abuse investigation. That said, we can’t be 100% sure what the outcome will be if your local CPS decides to open a case based on what you share. Sometimes CPS decides to remove minors from the home and other times they offer services such as family counseling or mediation instead. The only way to know the outcome might be to reach out to them directly and if you’re ready to do that we are here to help you through that process. Reaching out to Child Help USA at 1-800-422-4453 or www.childhelp.org may help to get a better understanding of what may happen before and after a report is made.
      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); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).

      We hope this helps. Please reach out if we can offer any further support.
      Be safe,
      NRS

  • I’m gonna leave. I’m 15 and I feel like I need to leave or I’m gonna end it. I’m not worried about what will happen to me but will the people letting me stay with them will they get in trouble for harboring a runaway? I’ve been on a 51/50 hold for an attempt and I have run away three times already is there a loop where the people won’t get in trouble or am I better off at a runaway home?
    Last edited by ccsmod4; 10-10-2020, 12:22 AM.

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    • ccsmod4
      ccsmod4 commented
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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.
      While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent/guardian permission. If you are under 18 and leave home, they may file you as a runaway and if picked up by the police 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, contact the local non-emergency number to the 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 email 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);www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).
      If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or seek emergency assistance immediately.

      Be safe,
      NRS
      Last edited by ccsmod4; 10-10-2020, 12:36 AM.

  • I'm planning on running away from my abusive household (I'm 19), and I don't have my license, how hard would it be to become a resident in the New York area? I'm moving in with my boyfriend and my parents know nothing about this plan. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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    • ccsmod0
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      Since you are 18 you are more than likely considered a legal adult which means that you can move out if you want to and you won’t be considered a runaway. As a legal adult, you have a right to make your own decisions about where you live. We can help you make a plan for how to deal with your situation and help you find resources to land on your feet. Having a plan for where you will live and how you will survive once you move out can be very helpful. Moving can be a huge step, and you don’t have to be alone. Some steps you can take towards independence might be to find employment if you don’t have an income, or to save up money for moving expenses. It can also be helpful to research rents in your area, find a roommate, or make a budget. Another thing you might want to consider is what kinds of things you depend on your parents for currently such as tuition expenses for school, or health insurance, and whether they would continue to provide those things after you leave. There may be social service agencies in your area that can help meet some of these needs, such as Transitional Living Programs, a kind of shelter where young adults can live and get services to help them transition to independent living. We are a national organization, so we can't speak to the process of becoming a resident in a specific state, but we are here to listen and help however we can.

  • Hello my name is Joey, I’m 16 years old and live in Colorado, I want to run away to Laguna Beach, California and I only have 160 to spend. I don’t have a car or anyone to live with therefore my biggest concern is how can I make it to California without dying. Do u guys have ways to help me make it there alive. Also the whole plan is that I will run away there and basically be homeless till I can find a job and other stuff. I’ve never ran away before and I’m wondering how hard this will be to make it there without getting caught by police. Is it possible for me to walk there or do I have to hitchhike somehow? Please help quick.
    Last edited by ccsmod4; 10-20-2020, 12:07 AM.

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    • ccsmod4
      ccsmod4 commented
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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 you are considering running away from home but have some questions about survival.
      NRS is here to listen and here to help.
      We would be glad to speak with you about strategies or options that might help you to cope better with your situation.
      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 about your situation and 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).

      You did a wonderful job reaching out today. Good for you.
      We look forward to hearing from you.


      Take care,
      NRS
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