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  • ccsmod3
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    Thank you for reaching out to us. It's good that your girlfriend has you as a support. It sounds like you really care about her and want to help her get out of that situation if you can. 18 years old is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian. We are not legal experts here but we can speak in general terms. If you are under 18 and leave home without permission, your parent/guardian may file a runaway report with the police. What actions the police take once you are filed as a runaway can vary a lot from state to state and even city to city so we cannot predict exactly what would happen in your case. Generally speaking, if you encounter a police officer while reported as a runaway, you will likely be returned home. However, in that case there may be services (family counseling, etc.) available to you as a youth in crisis/runaway but again, police procedures related to offering those services can be different based on your location or the details of your situation. Another thing to consider is that while running away is not a crime, a legal adult who allows you to stay with them may be putting themselves at risk for being charged with harboring a runaway. One way to find out the laws in your area is to call your local police and ask what their policies are regarding runaway youth. If your girlfriend ever wants to report the abuse she is experiencing at home she can call 911 and contact Child Help at 1800-422-4453. You can also call us 24/7 at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) if you need to talk. Best of luck!

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    My girlfriend was being mentally abused by her mother and she moved in with her father but his girlfriend and step daughter were abusing her when he wasn't around so she moved in with her aunt but some things happened and she is unsure if she can stay there much longer she wants to move out but I'm 18 about to turn 19 and she just turned 17 I know I can move out and support both of us but I don't know if its legal for her to do so please help

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  • ccsmod7
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    Hello,

    Thank you for contacting us here at the National Runaway Safeline. You ask if your 17 year old girlfriend can live without her parent’s permission. As you may know, the age of majority in most states is 18; that’s when someone is legally allowed to move out of their parent or guardian’s home. Since your girlfriend is 17, she would still be considered a minor and subject to her parents’ rules.

    If you or your girlfriend wants to talk about your situation, you can give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929). We’re available 24 hours a day/7 days a week. We’re here to listen and to help. We hope to hear from you soon.

    Take care,

    NRS

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    Can my girl friend stay with me with parental consent in oklahoma city at age 17

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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 hard time right now. You always have the right to file a report for the emotional abuse by contacting Child Help- 1800-422-4453.
    We are not legal experts but if you left without permission your parents do have the right to file an abuse report. If the police did find you they most likely would bring you home. You could consider going through the emancipation process. To find out more about the emancipation process you can call your local court house.
    We hope this information will be helpful to you in your situation. We wish you the best of luck. 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.
    NRS

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    I am currently experiencing some trouble with my parents like emotional abuse issues. I am 16 years old turnning 17 in January 2019, I’m wondering how I would be able to go about leaving home without my parents consent and how I would be able to move to live in a safe home with my boyfriend who turned 18 August 2019, and have already talked to him and he said he is willing to help me move In and be staying there and helping me finish school and start preparing for the real world. I am wondering what the simplest and easiest way to move would be and I would prefer to be leaving like as soon as possible. My parents here are my real father and stepMother they yell and always tell me I’m wrong and I don’t want to get into any trouble with the law and I mostly don’t want him and his family who I would be going to stay with to be getting into trouble with the law for me going to stay there. I would like to do this without my parents being contacted because if they do then things around my house will be very bad. And I was wondering what the laws are about this in Indiana

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  • ccsmod4
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    Hi, I have a friend that’s 17..

    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. Kicking a minor out of the home is considered neglect and is an illegal act. Your friend has the right to report this incident to the local police and child protective services for assistance. In general a family member providing safe harbor can do so up to twenty-four hours but then must file a report or have the permission of the parent or guardian for continued stay.

    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 explore options, please call or chat soon.

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

    To report child abuse or get information contact Child Help 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org


    Take care,
    NRS


    Last edited by ccsmod4; 09-11-2019, 02:45 AM.

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    Hi, I have a friend that’s 17 he Turns 18 in January and his dad kick him out the house and i want to know if it’s Illegal For Him to live with other family with Parents permission ?

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  • ccsmod9
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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 here to listen and help however we can.

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    Hello, my girlfriend who is turning 18 in about 4 ish months, i want her to move in with me because her parents are super strict and yell at her for minor problems, she got yelled at for having a 3.4 GPA. She doesn't wanna move out because she doesn't like my school idk what to do....please help me?

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  • ccsmod9
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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. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. So after reading over your story you are correct there would be nothing they could do to stop you. Though it might be a good idea to run your plan by a friend who cares about you. Moving in with someone is a big deal and should be well thought out. 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 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.
    We hope to hear from you soon.
    Be safe, NRS

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    Guest replied
    hey I’m 18 about to turn 19 in a couple of months and my boyfriend is 13 years older than me and I was wondering if I would be able to move in with him with out having any problems like my parents try to call the cops on him or something like that

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  • ccsmod7
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    Hi there, thanks for reaching out today.

    Sounds like you are in a really tough spot wanting to live with your boyfriend, and wanting to get away from your controlling home that is negatively affecting your mental health. Here at NRS, we want to be a support for you and inform you of what could happen.

    Generally speaking, if your mom is in a different state from you and gives you permission to leave, but your dad who you are living with does not give you permission it is possible that you could be reported as a runaway by your dad. If your mom has split custody, you might see if there is anyway that you can stay with her. You might also have your mom call police who are local to you and ask what could happen if she gives you permission to leave but your dad does not give you permission. If she has split custody it could be seen as a civil issue for the courts rather than a runaway situation.

    Please do not hesitate to call or chat us if you would like to talk more about your situation or if you need any support. You mentioned that you are having some mental health issues, and you should not have to go through this all on your own. We commend you for reaching out today, it was very brave, and we encourage you to always reach out to us or your supports when you are feeling this way.

    Best,

    NRS

    1-800-RUNAWAY; www.1800runaway.org

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    Guest replied
    hi im 17 years of age and to summarize id like to live with my boyfriends family. i have a very controlling father who doesnt seek for help when it comes to my issues, he isnt very kind and has complained about me living with him multiple times. the point im making is the fact he doesnt seem to do what a father figure should.. this has caused my depression, anger issues and anxiety. keep in mind my mother is not married with him anymore and shes in WA.. i have her approval and have a strong feeling not my fathers. could i move with just my moms approval?

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  • ccsmod7
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    Hi there, thanks for reaching out today. Sounds like you are in a pretty difficult situation with your son living with his noncustodial dad.

    Here at NRS, we are not experts but we can speak generally. You do have the right to attempt to file him as a runaway with your local police. Since he is 17 in GA, it is up to local police procedures with how they would respond. They could take a report for him and return him home if found. However, they could say it is a civil issue for the courts since he is with his dad, or they could do a safety check and not return him home.

    Please do not hesitate to call or chat us if you would like to talk through your situation or if you need support. We are here to listen, here to help.

    Best,

    NRS
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