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    I am 16, living in Eugene Oregon. I have a boyfriend that lives in Florida. I want to run away and live with him. He is 17. I have some questions though.

    Would he get in legal trouble for sheltering me?
    Would I be able to buy an Amtrak train ticket myself?
    should I run away ?

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    Thanks for contacting the National Runaway Safeline.
    In most states 18 years old is the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian. A person under the age of 18 leaving home without permission, a 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.

    Keep in mind that we are not legal experts at NRS.
    Generally speaking, a minor that encounters a police officer while reported as a runaway, may likely be detained until they can be returned home.
    Another thing to consider is that while running away is not a crime, a legal adult who allows a runaway to stay with them may be putting themselves at risk for being charged with harboring a runaway.

    A good way to find out the laws in your area is to call the non-emergency number of your local police and ask what their policies are regarding runaway youth. Does that make sense?
    We do not have an answer for you about purchasing a train ticket through Amtrak.
    You might consider contacting their customer service number or visiting their website for more information.

    NRS is here to listen and here to help.
    If you would like to speak more about your situation give us a call.
    To contact NRS call 1-800-Runaway (786-2929) or live chat with us at

    Take care,
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

    National Runaway Safeline
    [email protected] (Crisis Email)
    1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

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