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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us here at NRS. We are not legal experts so we can only speak generally on this. In most areas 18 is the age when a person can move away from their legal guardians and choose where they live. If he leaves home without permission, his parents can report him as a runaway to the police. This means his parents can ask police to assist in returning him home if he is found. This can vary by state and by county. As you mentioned some areas do not enforce a runaway report for someone who is close to turning 18, so police might not intervene to return him home. The laws and protocols in your boyfriend's home state where his parents reside would more than likely apply to his situation. We always advise young people with this type of question to call the non-emergency line for the local police department to learn more about the specific runaway protocols.

    Take care,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    My boyfriend wants to run away from his parents house, in the state his parents live in it is legal for him to leave right now at 17, but the state he wants to go to has different laws, which laws would apply to him, the ones in his parents residential state or the state he is running away to or both?

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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. NRS is here to listen and here to help.
    We would be glad to speak with you about strategies and explore options that might help you to cope better with your situation.
    We want you to know that we are here as support to 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 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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    Guest replied

    I want to run away from an abusive house hold and live with my friend in the west coast. I’m in the south east. I’m a minor but I simply cannot stay and take the abuse. I have a plan to get a job and save money for a bus trip but I do not want to be found. I have no reliable family that can afford to take care of and support me. Either that or they’re substance abusers. I have no friends to stay with other than the ones in the west coast. I want to leave until I’m 18 but I’d be risking not being able to finish my education and would have to live my life in fear of getting caught. Although where I’m going is pretty unexpected. The plan is pretty flawless although I just would like some extra tips and advice on what to do. I also have changed my name and appearance drastically so my family will have no pictures of me while I plan on getting tattoos and more piercings to appear older and unnoticeable. Please help with my plan. I’m aware of the charges of harboring a run away and the potential outcome of getting arrested and I’m willing to risk that. How do I make my plan better and lower the chance of getting caught?
    Last edited by ccsmod4; 11-24-2020, 03:33 AM.

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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 you are going through some troubled times at home. We understand that sometimes things may become overwhelming. You did a wonderful job reaching out today. Good for you.

    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).
    For shelter services etc. in your area you might consider contacting Three Rivers Youth at (412) 243-5638 www.threeriversyouth.org

    You did a wonderful job reaching out today.



    Take care and stay safe,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    Hi, thank so much for just being here, I can not stand another day in my house. I was thinking of taking a greyhound to somewhere far away but I do not know where. I was think maybe I can run away to another state and turn myself into child services and I can be in foster care. I am 16 and if I run away would I be able to buy I ticket for myself? Would I be able to go and turn myself into child services and go into foster care? And where would be the best place to go I live in Pittsburgh, PA.

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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 is great that you are reaching out to us on behalf of your friend, it shows that you are a supportive friend.
    We are not legal experts but we do have some information on what may happen. So if your friend decided to run away Oregon laws would apply. Because your friend is a minor their legal guardian could file a runaway report. If the police were to find them they most likely would be brought back home. Also it is a possibility whoever they stay with could potentially get in trouble for harboring a runaway.
    We can help your friend explore more options and we can also talk further about their situation. We are here 24/7 by chat or by phone. Best of luck,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    Hi! My 16 year old friend that lives in oregon is considering running away from home to me in california. Which states runaway law would apply here?

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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 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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    Guest replied
    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, 01:07 AM.

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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.

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    Guest replied
    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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  • ccsmod4
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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, 01:36 AM.

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    Guest replied
    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, 01:22 AM.

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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
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