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  • ccsmod15
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    Hello,

    Thanks for reaching out to us. We are so sorry to that your depression has gotten worse while you’ve been living in a group home in foster care. It sounds like you have an adult that you would like to live with and have questions about how and whether this might be possible. We cannot tell you what to do, but we will share general information that might be able to help.

    If you are not finding support for your mental health in your group home, it may help to explore whether there are mental health resources in your area to support you. Organizations like NAMI, available at 1.800.950.6264 and via web at www.nami.org can help you identify an provider near you. Regarding your living situation, although we are not legal experts, from what we understand, if you are a minor in your state, you would need consent from your legal guardians to live outside of their care. If you chose to leave without consent, your legal guardian can report you as a runaway to the local police department. At that point, police typically return you home if the find you. If your friend’s grandma has expressed an interest in taking you in, it may help if she speaks to someone familiar with the laws in your state to explore whether she can petition for custody. If you think she needs help identifying legal resources, we can help explore whether there are free or low cost legal resources in her area. Either she or you would be welcome to call us if this is the case.

    Whatever you decide, please know that we are here to support you. We cannot tell you what to do, but we will do our best to help you stay safe as you explore your options. You can feel free to reach out to us 24/7 by phone at 1.800.RUNAWAY (786.2929) or via chat at www.1800runaway.org . We are here to listen, here to help. Stay safe!

    -NRS

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    I need help and i live in a group home im in foster care and i want to go live with my girlfriends grandma and she has a clean record and my depression is really bad and all i want to do is go live with here can i plz get some help

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for taking the time to contact us here at NRS. While we are not legal experts, we can speak generally on this. The age of majority in most states is 18 which is the age when you are legally able to choose where you live. If you leave home without permission from your parents or legal guardians, they can report you as a runaway to the police. Running away is not illegal, but it is a status offense. This means your parents/guardians can ask police to return you home if they know where you are staying. In most cases police do not actively search for a runaway, but they will follow-up on any information your parents give them.

    We hope this information helps. If you would like to talk more about your situation and explore your options, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or through live chat at 1800runaway.org.

    Stay safe,
    NRS

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    I am 4 months from turning 17 I have a job and a place to live can I move out without being amancipated

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hey there,

    Sorry to hear things are kind of rough at home now to the point you want to run away. To answer your questions very directly: We have no idea what the odds might be as to whether the police would find you or not. We aren't legal or law enforcement experts, but our understanding is that the police do not actively search for youth that run away at your age -- meaning, they probably aren't going to go out on patrol with the sole intention of trying to find you. However, your parents still have the right to file a runaway report and anyone you stay with could be accused of harboring a runaway, which is a crime. If your parents have a specific address they believe you may be at, they could ask the police to try to find you there. And it is possible they would return you home.

    As for school: you have a right to go to school even if you are not living with your parents or are homeless. However, if the school knows you are a runaway they will likely ask you what is going on and may try to intervene. But again, we have absolutely know way of know what exactly might happen.

    If you'd like to talk about your situation more and perhaps think of other options you can call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat with us via our website: www.1800runaway.org.

    All the best,
    NRS

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    I am 16 about to be 17, what is the likeliness of cops finding me if I were to run away. would they be able to track me? would they really spend their time looking for an almost 17-year old that voluntarily ran away? I have places I could stay that my parents wouldn't think to look for me at, hence they don't know half of my friends, what are the odds that they would find me? could I still work? and what would happen with my schooling? If I run away I plan on staying away until I turn 18 (in a year).

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hey there,

    Thanks for reaching out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We are happy to help in any way that we can.

    You mentioned that your mom said that you can move out now that you are 16. There is a resource on Sex, ETC called Sex in the States - https://sexetc.org/action-center/sex-in-the-states/ - that lists out different ages per state in terms of consent and age of majority. It does look like in Kansas, you are considered a minor until you are 18 years old. Because of this, your legal guardian is required by law to provide housing to you until you reach that age. If you do decide to move out before the age of 18, and then want to return home, that should still be an option to you until the age of 18.

    You asked about whether your mom could report you as a runaway if you left home. Since you are under the age of majority, your mom would be able to file a runaway report if she decided to. Something that some people consider doing in this case is to sign an alternative guardianship form, which you can find templates for online. We are not legal experts, but our understanding is that this agreement can safeguard you against any legal troubles with the police in case your mom initially agrees for you to move out but then changes your mind after you have left, .

    If you do not have any sort of written agreement before leaving and your mom reports you as a runaway, again our general understanding is that most police departments just try to return you home safely. Your non-emergency line of your local police department might be able to better explain exactly how they handle runaway cases. We are happy to call out on your behalf if you call out to us here at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929). We can also discuss your plan to leave home, talking through where you are going to stay and how you will support yourself.

    You mentioned that you are considering emancipation. Our understanding is that this can be a time-consuming and sometimes expensive process. It does look like in Kansas a petition for emancipation must be filed in court. Unfortunately, we are not legal experts, so we are not sure about the specifics of the court process. If you would like to look further into emancipation, feel free to reach out to us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or via our Chat on 1800runaway.org, and we can provide legal aid suggestions and resources that are in your county. We are a 24/7, completely confidential safeline. Here to listen, here to help.

    Best of luck,
    NRS

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    Hi, I am a 16 year old from Kansas. Me and my mother get into heated arguments and she has mentioned that I am 16 and can move out now. If I leave the home saying I am moving out, can she call the police and report me as a runaway? Also I have been thinking about emancipation but I do not think a court will approve, Do we have to go to court? I am 100% sure my mom would sign the papers so it is not like I would be going to court because my mom said no.

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  • ccsmod1
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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. Leaving home is a big decision and it can be very stressful to figure out what you want to do. We aren’t legal experts here at NRS, but generally speaking, if you do opt to leave your home your parents can file a runaway report, which is essentially a missing person report. 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’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.

    We'd love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis forum. Your feedback plays an important role in helping us improve our services to support youth and families. Please click the link below to fill out our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/we_care_what_you_think

    Stay safe,
    NRS

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    I turn 17 in a week, but I realize the age to legally leave home is 18. Well, for all I know, I know my parents will never sign an emancipation notice or anything of that matter. So I’m curious if there is a way I can leave home legally at 17. I live in Kansas, I don’t know if that means anything. Or I guess what would be the penalty if I were to run away, for curiosity purposes.

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  • ccsmod13
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    Thank you for contacting NRS. It sounds like you are going through a tough time and we are happy you reached out to us.
    We are not legal experts, but we can offer some information that may be helpful to you. The age of majority (the age at which you can legally leave home) in Kansas, is 18. If you leave home your parents can file a runaway report. Running away is not a crime. If you are picked up by the police, they will likely take you back home.

    If you go to your boyfriend’s house and you are picked up there, he could be charged with harboring a runaway. The fact that he is on probation could create other issues for him as well.

    The way the police deal with runaway cases varies from place to place. You can consider calling the non-emergency number of your local police department and they may be able to tell you how they handle runaway and harboring cases. If you are not comfortable calling on your own, you can call us and we will make the call with or for you.
    If you have questions about potential legal issues, you can also consider contacting local legal aid resources. A potential resource is Kansas Legal Services at https://www.kansaslegalservices.org. They may be able to answer your questions or refer you to other resources in your area.

    Depression is also a very serious issue. If you want to talk to someone about your depression, you can consider contacting NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) at 1-800-950-NAMI , www.nami.org or text NAMI to 741741. NAMI has volunteers available to talk and to provide referrals to other resources that may be helpful to you.

    You can always also contact us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or www.1-800-runaway.org. We have volunteers available 24/7 to talk and to help you fine the resources you need.

    We wish you the best!

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    Guest replied
    Im 15 turning 16 in 2 1/2 weeks. My house hold is very toxic and I'm extremely depressed and I want to run away... If I were to go stay with my 17 year old boyfriend that is on probation would he get in trouble if I got caught at his house? I just want to know what would happen. Would the cops find me right away? what would happen if I went back home voluntarily without contacting authorities? what would happen if I was caught by police? Also, could my parents press charges on my boyfriend for keeping me at his house even though I went over there voluntarily?

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  • ccsmod1
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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. It must be really hard to live in a home with so much tension. It sounds like you are in a tough spot and it can be very stressful to figure out what you want to do. You mentioned that home isn't healthy and that your needs aren't being met. If any abuse or neglect is happening at home you do have the right to report it. If you feel like this is an option you want to explore, you may find this website helpful: https://www.childhelp.org/child-abuse/. We can also help you to file a report if that’s the route you are considering.

    We aren’t legal experts here at NRS, but generally speaking, if you do opt to leave your home your parents (or guardians) can file a runaway report, which is essentially a missing person report. 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. It is worth noting that if you go to stay with your fiance, whoever the legal adult in the home could potentially be 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 your parents (or guardians) view the situation.

    It sounds like you love your baby a lot and care deeply about ensuring their safety. Pregnancy can often be overwhelming and creating a prenatal care plan can be a confusing process. If you do not already have an obstetrician, you can contact Planned Parenthood by going to plannedparenthood.org or by calling 800-230-7526 for some assistance. Your local Planned Parenthood should be able to provide pregnancy planning services, prenatal services, childbirth classes, and postpartum exams for after the baby comes.

    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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    I live the state of Kansas and I am 17 and pregnant. I am trying to move somewhere that is more healthy for my child and I. The house that I am currently staying at isn’t healthy. They do not help me like I need help and none of them have jobs except for my fiancé. What can they do if I move out at 17 and what can the police do?

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  • ccsmod2
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    Thank you for contacting NRS. It sounds like you are in a difficult situation and we’re glad you reached out to us.
    We are not legal experts, but we may be able to connect you with some resources that may be helpful to you. The age of majority in Kansas – the age when you can legally leave home – is 18. If you leave home, your dad can file a runaway report. Running away is not a crime, but if you are picked up by the police they will likely take you home.
    The police may not actively look for you. You could consider calling the non-emergency number for the local police department and they may be able to tell you how they handle runaway reports.
    You should also be aware that if you move in with your mom and the police find you there, she could be charged with harboring a runaway. The police could also potentially tell you how they would handle a case of harboring a runaway.
    If you don’t have a lawyer, you could also consider contacting Kansas Legal Services at www.kansaslegalservices.org. They may be able to offer you advice or refer you to some other resources that could be helpful.
    You can also consider contacting the National Child Abuse Hotline at www.childhelp.org or 1-800-422-4453. They may be able to connect you with resources that may be helpful to you.
    You can also call us at www.1800runaway.org or 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929). We are available 24/7 to talk to you and discuss options that may be available to you.
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