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  • ccsmod15
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    Hey there,

    Thanks for reaching out, it can be really hard to ask for help. You are strong to be looking for options. You don’t deserve to be yelled at or called names. It’s not ok for your mom to be treating you this way. It sounds like you have a lot of responsibility!

    Again, we are really glad you reached out. You are so brave to keep fighting for yourself. The way your mom is treating you, it’s understandable you feel like you are ready to give up. We see you fighting and are so proud! If you ever feel like it is too much to handle you can reach out to us (1800-run-away) or the National Suicide prevention lifeline (800-273-8255).

    You mentioned you want to live with your boyfriend. It’s great you have someone so supportive and willing to help. Some things to talk about before you move in is to make sure everyone is on the same page with how long you can live there, if you will need a job, or to pay rent. If you want to talk about these things in more depth you can call or chat with us (1-800-273-8255; www.1800runaway.org).

    It is possible you can move out at 16. You can look into emancipation in your state. They usually require you to have someplace to live and are self-sufficient financially. We can help you look up the requirements in your area. Another option is an alternative living situation. This requires you to get permission from your parents. It can be in writing, or some places have paperwork to fill out at your local police station. This way you can legally live somewhere other than with your legal guardians.

    If you want to talk about any of these options in more depth we are here 24/7! Here to listen here to help.

    Good Luck!
    Last edited by ccsmod15; 10-17-2021, 08:13 PM.

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    hello , I will be 17 in 5 months . I live alone with my single mom her dad and my two sibling which are younger then me . when I was 14 years old my mom decided to have another baby . since then I have babysat her and let her completely take over my entire life . for example , I do everything according to my sisters needs and can’t do anything about it because I am scared of my mom . recently things have gotten really bad . my mom comes home from work and instantly yells and is angry at me , she yells at me for having no friends , and never going out , but when I do she yells at me for going out to much . I get paid to babysit my sister , because my grandpa thinks it is fair but my mom tried to control my money and when I did have a job she would constantly complain and yell at me for spending it . I am homeschooled now , and watch my sister all day and clean . When she gets home she constantly yells at me and my sister and says I am the reason she is bad . therefore I basically watch her all day until she goes to bed . I have been paying for everything I need in life since I had my own money . She hasn’t needed to buy me clothes , makeup , toiletries or anything . She takes all her anger out on me and will call me mean names , like “whore “ “ slut “ she’ll call me a loser and say I don’t ever do anything around the house . she chooses mt brother and sister over me constantly and I sometimes feel like it would be better if I wasn’t even alive . I just want to know if I could legally move out at 16 if I can get a job and live with my boyfriend ? i could possibly wait till I’m 18 but I just can’t . I’m tired of feeling neglected and exhausted every day .

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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. You do not deserve to be abused or live in fear of being abused. It was not your fault that this happened to you.
    Generally speaking once a report is filed with the police, if found they may be detained and returned home to their parent or guardian. Running away is not considered a criminal act but a status offense with the report being removed once the runaway is recovered.
    That being said. You should note that anyone considered to be aiding or harboring someone that has been reported as a runaway could face legal charges.
    Keep in mind we are not legal experts. You may get more information about the runaway laws in your state by contacting the non-emergency number to your local police department.
    Hours are most likely normal business hours 9am-to 5pm.
    You can usually find the non-emergency number online.

    NRS is here to listen and here to help.
    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 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.

    Take care,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    I am 16 I live with my parents but am scared of them, they abused me when I was younger, I want to move in with a friend. If I run away could they get in any trouble?
    Last edited by ccsmod4; 08-18-2020, 02:54 AM.

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  • ccsmod1
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    Hey there,

    Thanks so much for reaching out to us, we know that it takes a lot of courage. If you are housing a runaway minor you run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway, which is a misdemeanor. Penalties for harboring a runaway vary from state to state, police officer to officer, and how the youth's parents/guardians view the situation.

    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.

    All the best,
    NRS

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    What are the Nevada state laws on aiding and abetting a minor

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  • ccsmod4
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    Reply: Hi I’m 17 and I’ve lived in a home...


    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. You do not deserve to be abused by your father. This is something that is not your fault. It’s unfortunate that though you have reached out nothing was done by child services to place you somewhere you might feel safe.

    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
    Also you might check with your local police department to inquire about the runaway laws in your state or if someone that moves out of their parent or guardian’s home would without permission would be considered a runaway and forced to return home.
    Also anyone 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.

    NRS is here to help and here to listen. We offer a safe place to explore options and discuss whatever plans you might have.
    If you would like to talk more about your situation we are here to listen and here to help.
    To speak with someone on our crisis or chat line contact 1-800-Runaway (786-2929) or www.1800runaway.org
    We look forward to hearing from you.

    Take care,
    NRS

    We hope this response was helpful! We’d love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis email/forum. Your feedback plays an important role in helping us improve our services to youth and families. Please click the link to fill out our survey: Your Opinion Matters to Us

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    Guest replied
    Hi I’m 17 and I’ve lived in a home where I’m put down 24/7 I’m never told anything good and that takes a strain on me. I ran away in August and cps got involved. My father has beat me and neglected me on several occasions the cps didn’t talk to my friends but talked to my father ofc he’s going to lie to cover his own ass. My birthday is in July 24th and I can’t take one more minute of this house if I leave now can the police do anything.???

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  • ccsmod1
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    Hey there,

    Thanks so much for contacting us, it takes a lot of courage to reach out and share your story. It sounds like you and your sister are in a rough spot. You must love her a lot to take care of her and to work so hard to shield her from the toxic environment that your parents provide.
    We aren’t legal experts here at NRS but generally speaking, if your sister has left your parents’ home without permission they could file a runaway report. If a report is filed and she is located by the authorities she will most likely be returned home to your parents. If there is child abuse/neglect going on at home you can always contact your local DCFS office or go to childhelp.org to file an abuse report. From there you can work with a caseworker to see if your sister could be placed with you (this is often called kinship care). Another option would be looking into a local legal aid group for additional information or alternatives that may be applicable to your specific situation.

    If you’d like to go over what’s going on in depth, or if you’d like to explore other options that you and your sister may have available, 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.

    All the best,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    Hello,

    I am 22 years old and I have been taking care of my little sister for quite some time. She lives with me in a town about 60 miles away from our parents. She is 16 years old, and I’m helping her get on her feet, get her driver’s license, finish school, get a job, etc. The living conditions with our parents are toxic and unhealthy. She is worried that they will be able to take her away and force her to live with them. Can she legally choose to be with me?

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  • ccsmod4
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    Reply: I am 17 and I’ve been living with my mom for 8 months


    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. We are not legal experts so it might be a consideration for your mother to speak with an attorney about any custody issues between her and your father. You do not deserve to be abused. He had no right to do that. It was not your fault. It sounds like the police when called have not been very helpful. You can contact child protective services to file an abuse report. By doing so it will set in motion an investigation to the abuse allegations against him. It’s not an easy thing to do but it’s one to consider if you are feeling at risk. This can be done by you or your mom.
    To file an abuse report contact: Child help USA 1-800-422-4453
    www.childhelpusa.org

    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

    We hope this response was helpful! We’d love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis email/forum. Your feedback plays an important role in helping us improve our services to youth and families. Please click the link to fill out our survey: Your Opinion Matters to Us

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    Guest replied
    I am 17 and I’ve been living with my mom for 8 months. I haven’t had much contact with my dad and I haven’t lived with him or have spent time with him except for 3 times but they have been short interactions. He recently called my mom saying that if Im not home at a specific time and certain day, he will call the cops on me to go live with him. Although the laws say that I can decide who I live with by the age of 16, I’m scared that they will force me to go live with him. I live in Las Vegas Nevada and my dad has been very abusive but it’s been really hard to prove it based on how the police the department has shrugged off these incidents. How will I be able to stay with my mom and not go live with him forcefully? Or is there anything I can say to the police for them to not make me go?

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  • ccsmod4
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    Reply: I want to move out ....

    Hello,
    Thank you for writing to us here at the National Runaway Safeline.

    We appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. We would like to be of assistance to you if we 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 you would like to talk more in detail and share more about how we can help specifically, please call or chat soon.
    We can best help by phone or chat so that we might learn a little more about your situation and how we might assist you.

    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

    We hope this response was helpful! We’d love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis email/forum. Your feedback plays an important role in helping us improve our services to youth and families. Please click the link to fill out our survey: Your Opinion Matters to Us

    Leave a comment:


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    Guest replied
    I want to move out and live with my girlfriend shes turning 18 and ill be 17 by that time, can i do that without my parents consent?

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  • ccsmod5
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    Hi,
    Thanks for reaching out. Generally speaking, either one of your legal guardians can file a runaway report with the local police and if they are able to locate you they will return you home. So if your mom is one of your legal guardians, yes it might be an issue.
    --NRS
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