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    im 16 and i wanna leave home because my dad is so rude he blames me for everything my mom lives in california i have no phone and everything is so stressful please help

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    Hello,
    We’re very glad you reached out and are taking steps towards getting yourself into a more comfortable living situation. We are not legal experts, but if you want to leave home at the age of 16, you would not be arrested or charged with a crime. Running away is a “status” offense, so if you do get picked up by the police, they will simply return you to your mother’s home. Alternatively, you may be able to move out with your mother’s permission. If you would like to change your custody to your father, that may be something that is possible if your mother agrees to give up custody.
    Additionally, South Carolina does not have a formal emancipation process. As you mentioned, one way to become emancipated could be to get married, but there may be other ways to be emancipated through court process. You may want to start by going to your local courthouse and asking them about emancipation procedures if you would like to try that route.
    If you are dealing with any sort of abuse at home, you could reach out to Child Help by calling them at 1-800-422-4453. You deserve to live in a safe, supportive environment. Please feel free to call us anytime at 1-800-RUNAWAY to talk further with someone in person. Good luck and take care!
    -NRS
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    I'm 16 years old and I need to find a way to leave my home legally in the state of south carolina. I know i will never meet the grounds for legal emancipation without joining the military or getting married. However, I need to leave without being established as a runaway. I don't want legal trouble. My parents are divorced and my mom has sole custody of me and I live with her. I know my dad would allow me to be emancipated or marry. Even though my mom has sole custody could he sign for me? What are my option? How can I legally leave home at the age of 16 in south carolina before I turn 17?

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    Hi there,

    Thanks for reaching out to National Runaway Safeline and sharing a little bit about what is going. It takes a lot of courage to reach out and especially in a time where you have a really tough and complex situation at home. We are sorry you are experiencing abuse, no one ever deserves to go through that. You do have the right to report the abuse to Child Help at 1-800-422-4453. You can either do it yourself or call into us directly and we can support you through it. It is hard to say the result of reporting, but if you call in you can ask what the process might look like.

    Also another way you can seek help is reaching out to a friend, teacher, or counselor at school that can help you look for resources. Your mental health is important. You can also look at SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) at samhsa.gov (call them directly at 1-877-726-4727) or NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness 1-800-950-NAMI to help you find the support that you need.
    We aren’t legal experts, but we have general knowledge about running away. In most states, running away isn’t illegal, but what is called a status offense. You can’t get arrested for it but it will mostly likely go on your record until you are 18. The police will only know if you have runaway if your parents/guardians file a police report. We can’t say for sure how the police will respond, but we hear a lot that police will take potential places you might be and will actively search for you. If they come across you, the most likely will return you home to your parents. Sometimes we hear that if you are staying with someone who knows you are a runaway and are not actively trying to return you or finding shelter for you, your guardians/or police can press charges against the people who are housing you, with something that is called harboring.

    We are here for you and will support you in anyway that we can. Please feel free to call into us directly as we can talk further about your situation and find resources that are best for you in your area. Stay strong and you are not alone in this! Our hotline ( 1-800-RUNAWAY) and chat are open 24/7.

    -NRS
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    Im 16 years old turned on sep 25 2002
    i live in San Antonio Texas
    i live with my mother alone she is horrible i beem emotionally abused all my life and physical abused when i was young I'm pretty sure i see a therapist because living with her has caused me problems im not happy my best friend is 17 and their mom is willing to provide for me i will get a job and i know how to take care of myself pls help me

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    Often, youth may reach out to NRS in several different ways to discuss their situation. If a response from NRS is not visible to a bulletin posting it may be that we have already provided services to that individual through another platform we provide such as email, our crisis hotline, or our live chat service (in operation every day from 4:30p to 11:30p CST). NRS encourages anyone in need of assistance to contact us through our 24 hour crisis hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY to receive immediate support.
    Thank you, NRS
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    I am 16 years old and I really want to move out. I live in Missouri which says you can move out at the age of 17, until 2021 when that changes. But I am sixteen, and I have 9 more months to go. I understand it doesn't seem like a lot of time but every day is a year. I cry so hard every day that I cannot feel my limbs. I have legal guardians that send me to my mom. My mom calls me names like a bully, a whore, a b**ch, a f**k up, a piece of trash, satan, and many more. She has hit me a few times and child services were called but nothing EVER comes out of it. (They have been hotlined 8 times). Both my guardians and mom tell me I am delusional, I am beyond help, I will be a homeless failure, everything is my fault, and more. They badmouth my biological father (which I was close to before the courts made me go with my legal guardians), my friends, and even my teachers. They also ruin my reputation, setting me up for stealing and lying so I get in trouble with the law. Sometimes they do this just before I have to go to school or church so I have to keep myself put together instead of arguing or crying. They flat out refuse to get me a counselor for my emotions. I understand there is such a thing as emancipation but I don't have the money or the job and they won't let me. I cannot take this anymore. I have told them my feelings over and over and over and it doesn't get through to them, I get punished instead. I do not have a family member that they will agree to take me that will take me and keep me safe from them. Everyone I would feel safe with is off limits with my legal guardians. They became my legal guardians with lies anyway. I am not one of those victims who sits there quietly, I have told everyone! No one will do anything! Not the police, not the school, not the courts, not the church, and no shelters. I have nowhere but to stay here instead and I do not have the strength to do it anymore. I can't find any advice on how to deal with emotional and verbal abuse that I can do, (they pretty much say leave the abuser or/and seek professional counseling). Please, I am begging someone to at least listen and look at my situation, no one else will! Is there anything I can do? Is there a shelter, a law, or even a strategy on what I can do. This life is torture, please help me! What can I do to make it stop? Is there any way I can leave without their permission? Is there any place that would protect me for at least a little bit of time without them?

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    Reply: I’m 16 and trying to dip outta my house


    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 want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. It sounds like you are thinking about leaving home but there is some concern about the police becoming involved. We understand. 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).
    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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    I’m 16 and trying to dip outta my house but I’m scared that my parents will call the cops and make me come back.
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    Last edited by ccsmod4; 11-20-2018, 04:12 AM.

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    Hello there, thanks for reaching out today.

    Sounds like you are experiencing abuse at home and wanting to leave home once you turn 16. We are sorry to hear you are dealing with all of that, you do not deserve to be harmed in anyway and you should be able to feel safe in your own home.

    If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. You may also be able to report any mistreatment to child protective services (CPS). Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org is an organization that helps protect minors from being harmed. It may also be a good place to explore options for staying with another family member or someone you trust as far as transferring custody. If you would like assistance with filing a report or going over your options please do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY.

    18 years old is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian in Minnesota. We are not legal experts here but we can speak in general terms. If you 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. You can let police know that home is unsafe for you, but that would be leaving it up to the individual officer's response. They could get CPS involved and look for a safe place for you to go, or they could return you home if there is no evidence of abuse. 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.

    Please do not hesitate to reach out via calling or live chatting us if you would like additional assistance. We are here to listen, here to help.

    Best,

    NRS
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    Hi I’m 15 and I wanna leave my home I turn 16 in January and I have a place to live if I’m legally able to. I live in Minnesota and I can’t stand it here my father has physically abused me and he verbally does now almost every day. I wanna know if I can thank you

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    Thanks for reaching out to us here at NRS. We know that it takes a lot to reach out and seek help. Our hope is to provide you with tips and resources in order to make the best decision available to you.
    Though we aren’t legal experts from what we can gather from your story is that you have been put in a very stressful situation and we are sorry to hear that. As far as your son since he is 16, he is technically a minor and therefore you still have legal custody of him. What you can do is file a report with the police and from there if you know where he is at or the police know where he is at, they can bring him back home without question. Again know that you are more than able to continue to get him back home
    We commend you on your bravery for reaching out and contacting us. If for any reason you have more questions or concerns you can feel free to contact us at (1-800-786-2929) or online through our chat option (www.1800runaway.org).
    Best Wishes- NRS
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    Hi my name is Jennifer and my son is only 16 year old and we live Indiana he told me he was not going to come back home he was going to stay with his girl friend and I don't think that is a good idea but he told me he was not going to come back home so can I make him come home...

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    Hello There,

    Thank you for contacting The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and we are here to listen. It sounds like you are going through a really difficult time right now. Any type of abuse is unacceptable and you do not deserve to be treated that way. We are sorry that CPS did not do anything to help your case. Sometimes it may take multiple reports for them to step in and for something to happen, you could consider making another report if you would like. To become emancipated you must be 16 or 17 years old and living apart from your guardians and be able to financially support yourself. If you would like legal services resources you may call us at 1800runaway and we would be more than happy to provide you numbers of legal resources that may help with emancipation. Also just so you are aware emancipation does take 6 months- 1 year and can cost money in court fees. We hope this information was helpful in your situation. If you have any more questions or would like to discuss more about your situation feel free to call us we are available 24/7. Thanks again for reaching out, we wish you the best of luck!
    NRS
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    I am 16yrs old ik live Texas I have a bad habit of lieing but I have witnesses if that is needed! I have reported my situation twice and cps has gotten involved and done nothing! My mom is verbally and physically abusive to me and my father and we left but he went back! And I told my parents I dont believe what they believe they said that they are going to force me into church the more j pull out of church! I want to be emancipated and my parents have only reported me missing when I run and not looked for me! I want to be free from this pain! I have already tried drawing and writing and cutting but i doesnt help! Can I be emancipated if I run away to be emancipated! Can I be emancipated if I am moving in with a room mate who is on health care and is not biologically realated to me? Can I be emancipated without parent permission or having to fight in court?

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