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  • ccsmod1
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    Hi there,

    We appreciate you reaching out to us at National Runaway Safeline. We recognize that this situation may be weighing on you and your family and we are glad to support you in any way that we can. It sounds like you are concerned with what your rights may be regarding your brother and potentially having him live with you for a few weeks. We would like you to know that unfortunately, we are not legal experts. However, if his father is his legal guardian and his father allows him to stay with you, it sounds like there should not be any repercussions for this. If your brother were to stay with you without guardian consent and his father decided to report him as missing or a runaway; he could potentially be returned home and his father may have the opportunity to press charges against you for "harboring a runaway." Please note that these are possibilities that we are aware of and there is no certainty to say this would be the case for you.

    For more specific answers around the law and your rights on this situation, we empower you to reach out to Legal Aid in your area or the non-emergency dispatch line for your local police station. Both of these resources should be able to provide you a more clear and straight-forward response. If you need any help finding the phone number for either or both of these contacts, we welcome you to reach out to us directly.

    Please feel welcome to reach out to us through our online chat portal, found on www.1800runaway.org or give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY. We can certainly talk more with you about the situation and provide you with the contact information for any available resources.

    Well wishes,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I’m 25 from Wisconsin. My brother is 13 in Kentucky. Our mom is in jail. I’m not sure if she has any rights on him anymore. My sister 15, also lives in Kentucky. She was already adopted a few years piror by her best friends family. Due to our mom being in jail and her real dad passing away before her birth. My brother was living with his father up until about 3 months ago. His dad got married to a woman who drinks a lot. My brothers father has two girls in another state he no longer has anything to do with. Raised my sister and then wanted nothing to do with her which is why she was asked to be adopted. He also had another son with his new wife. My brother has not been heard of in years. No pictures nothing. It’s only the other boy and the wife and him. Never my brother. My brother is currently living with some lady in Kentucky because his dad told him he would work on getting his wife to stop picking on him. My brother wants and has asked me to come and get him for a few weeks. What are my rights?!

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  • ccsmod6
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    Thank you so much for your reply. These forums can be a helpful way for people to connect and give feedback to each other.
    You are correct that emancipation laws differ depending on location. While in many states a minor can petition the court for emancipation, other states may not allow this. Usually, the best way to learn about emancipation in your state is to contact a lawyer. You could also find information at your county family court.
    Another option is to reach out to us by phone or live chat. We may be able to look up legal aid resources for you. Feel free to reach out to us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I'm not sure what state you are from. You may want to look into your states emancipation laws.

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  • ccsmod15
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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. It seems there is a lot that you are faced with right now and you’re feeling like leaving is one of your only options. It seems you want to know some information on runaway laws.
    While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent permission. If you are under 18 and leave home, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. Also, those you stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions.
    We are here as support to help through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by forum to assist you. If you would like to talk more in detail 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.
    Be safe,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Hi, I’m 17 and I don’t want to live with my mom anymore, my step brother is getting a house and asked me if I want to live with him, I want to live with him but I know my mom wouldn’t allow it, is there anyway I can live with him? Or if I run away will he get in trouble?

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out to us here at NRS. We understand it takes great courage to reach out for help and we appreciate you sharing your situation with us. It sounds like you and your siblings have endured some incredibly stressful and traumatic experiences. It seems you have been taking steps to protect yourselves, but are in a tough spot. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. If you are able to contact us directly by phone or live chat we can search our database for youth shelters in your area as well.

    We hope to hear from you soon,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    hi 17 and my sister is six and our mom and dad kicked us outed and locked the door and so we ran away on our bikes but we came back and we went back into our house but they seen us and started hitting us and they called the police on us and said "our children our trying to kill us" but we wasn't they was and they was abusing us until we was dead but the police got in the house they saw our mom and dad trying to killed us and the police killed them and now we go nowhere to go can you help us

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  • ccsmod13
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hi there,

    Thank you so much for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. Know that you deserve to live in peace and happiness, and that abuse of any kind is never okay.

    You mentioned wanting to runaway. Leaving your home is one option you have, and something that we can help you explore on a call (1-800-RUNAWAY) or chat. Running away is not a crime, but it is considered a status offense, meaning illegal because of your age. Minors who runaway and are found by police are often brought back home. However, we are not legal experts and laws vary depending on the situation, so one way to find out what your rights might be would be to call your local non-emergency police number with hypothetical (“what-if”) types of questions. The local nonemergency police number can be found on https://www.usacops.com/ by selecting your state and then county.

    Another option you have is to report your grandma’s abuse with child protective services. This will open a file and within a few days, a social worker will visit your house to assess the living arrangement. Making an abuse report is something that we can also help you through on a call or a chat. Another resource you have is to reach out to Child Help, the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453. Like us, your safety is their priority and they can help you file an abuse report or talk you through your options.

    You know yourself and your situation the best, so unfortunately we cannot provide advice what you “should” or “should not” do. Instead, we are always here to support you with whatever you decide. We are a 24/7 resource and our number is 1-800-RUNAWAY and we have a chat option as well.

    Stay Strong,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    hi i'm 13 and my grandma is always abusing me and i want to run away should i or should i not

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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 may be in a difficult situation and we want you to know that you are not alone.

    We are not legal experts but in most states the legal age to leave home without guardian permission is 18 years old. So in your case you may be legally allowed to leave home even if you do not get your legal guardian’s permission. But if you were to take you’re your 5-year-old sister with you, you could be charged with harboring a minor or kidnapping. Which can result in you being arrested and charged with kidnapping.

    We can help you explore your situation more and see if there are more options out there for you. We are available to you 24/7, please give us a call or chat with us. We wish you the best of luck!
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    hi i'm 21 and i'm running away and my sister wants to come (she is 5) should i bring her

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  • ccsmod5
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hi there,

    Thanks for reaching out to us, we hope to help as best we can! You mentioned some things that raise concern for your younger brother. Exposing a minor can be considered a form of abuse, if your sister and you are planning on taking him with you it may be a good idea to report the condition your little brother is living in. We are not experts on the issue, but generally once it's been reported, social services will either decide whether or not to take the case and further investigate. If they do take the case, they will send out someone from child protective services to do an investigation (interviewing people in the household) and from there they will decide the level of danger within the household. They could then potentially give legal custody to the closest family member which would be the adult siblings.

    If this is not a route you are comfortable with, you may want to consider contacting us for a legal aid resource. Someone who may be more familiar with the laws of your state could advise you on your situation. If your mom is still his legal guardian when he moves with you, she could still have the right to file a runaway report and charge you for harboring a runaway.

    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.

    Please be safe and reach out soon by phone or chat so that we may help.
    Take care,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    My brother(12) is thinking about running away from my mom(42) because she is abusive and using illegal substances and she has been since I was 7-9 years old. My brother, my older sister(23) and I(20F) want him to live with me. What steps do I take besides preparing my house for him? Thank you in advance. My family live in ************.
    Last edited by ccsmod5; 03-27-2021, 07:32 AM. Reason: Confidentiality

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  • ccsmod15
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hi there, thanks for posting. Sounds like you are going through a very difficult time and are looking for some help. You mentioned you were kicked out by your parents and are only 17. We are not legal experts, but generally, 17 is considered a minor in all 50 states, which means your parents have the responsibility to house you or to find a reliable and safe alternative for you to live until you become legally an adult--18 in many states.
    It sounds like you were kicked out and now you are concerned your parents may file a runaway report. That is a valid fear, and unfortunately, it is possible. If you have any text messages, voicemails, etc that show you were kicked out, that may help. Some police departments accept runaway reports up to the age of 18, while others no longer take them if the person is close to legal adulthood. You can find your local non-emergency police number here: usacops.com and call anonymously and ask how they handle situations like this or if they take runaway reports for 17 year olds. You said you have been on your own for 8 months and are living with your sister and boyfriend. It is possible that police will take this into consideration: that you have been able to care for yourself and are living in a safe environment.
    As far as your boyfriend being 21, again, we are not legal experts, but there is a legal "age of consent" for all states, which means someone at that age can choose to be in a relationship with someone older, and parents cannot forbid it legally. To see the laws in your state, go here: https://sexetc.org/action-center/sex-in-the-states/.

    We are glad you reached out for help. That takes a lot of strength and courage! We are 24/7 by phone and live chat on this website so reach out anytime to talk more about your situation or find local resources for pregnancy, housing, food, etc. We also offer conference calling with parents if you would like to have a neutral person help mediate a conversation with your parents about all of this. Call us anytime at 1-800-786-2929.
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