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  • ccsmod9
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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 be vulnerable, and we appreciate you reaching out. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time.

    It sounds like you are in a neglectful and abusive living situation, and we’re glad you’ve come to us. Everyone deserves to feel loved and respected in their home. Suicide is not your only option, and you’re very brave to seek an alternative to death by suicide. If you ever feel at risk of hurting yourself again, we encourage you to reach out to a friend, family member, or hotline such as NRS or National Alliance on Mental Illness (1-800-950-NAMI).

    If you ever feel unsafe at home, it’s always within your rights to report any abusive behavior. www.childhelp.org can be a great resource when looking to report abuse, and we can also assist you in filling out an abuse report if you call or chat us. While running away is not illegal, anyone that you are staying with could potentially be charged with harboring a runaway. However, if you file an abuse report when you leave home, and since you have documented abuse before, the police typically will at least conduct another investigation before making any decisions about making you return home.

    If you would like to further discuss your options, we encourage you to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. If calling is not feasible, you can also chat us at www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).

    We hope this helped and take care!

    NRS

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    Guest replied
    im 16 planning on leaving home at 17 i will be moving in with my cousin who will be 20 when i move in with her. i live in missouri and my parents can be physically and mentally abusive. we have had dfs called many times and nothing has happened. i have been to a mental hospital twice for trying to kill myself. can i get in trouble?

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  • ccsmod1
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    Hey there,

    Thank you for reaching out to NRS and sharing this with us. It sounds like this is a stressful situation for him to be at home with his mom, especially if he feels that his home environment isn’t a good one due to the way his mom is treating him.

    We aren't legal experts here at NRS, but, in most states, the age of majority is 18, meaning that if a person is 18 or over and is trying to leave their home, they can do so at their own free will, and his/her parents would not be able to force him back home. To make sure your boyfriend isn’t forced home, you and him could consider making sure what the age of majority is in the state he lives in. If he does decide to leave even though his age is under the age of majority, his mom could have the police go to find him and to bring him home to her again. His mom could also file a runaway report, which is like a Missing Person’s report, and have the police go find him through that means. If the police do find him, they would likely bring him back home to his mom again. Depending on his situation, another option he could use is seeing if there is a family member or friend who is willing to take him in who his mom would approve of. This way, he wouldn’t have to worry too much about his mom forcing him back home through the use of the police.

    It is understandable why he wants to leave his home, especially if his mother is making him feel this way and is treating him poorly. It may be beneficial to have him reach out to us directly if he needs any other information or wants to explore other options to fix the situation. He can feel free to reach out by calling 1800RUNAWAY (1800-786-2929) or chatting us at 1800runaway.org. We are here to support you and listen to you.

    Stay safe,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    My bfs mom is driving him so crazy that he wants out so bad he calls and texts me crying because of the way she treats him. He said he is gonna move out at 17 ( in May he turns 17) and she thinks he's gonna move in with me. He's not, but he wants out so badly. Is there anyway he can move out without her making him so miserable, and forcing him to go back home?

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  • ccsmod1
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    Hey there,

    Thank you so much for reaching out and sharing a bit about what's going on. It is extremely concerning to hear that these kids are being abused a. Safety is our biggest concern here at NRS and we encourage you to call 911 if you think any of these young people need immediate medical attention. It is quite worrisome that the police did not appropriately respond to this situation. The kids (or you) have the right to contact child protective services (CPS) to file an abuse report. If this is something you are interested in you can go to childhelp.org for more information on abuse reporting and how to file.

    It may be beneficial for the kids to reach out to us as well so we can go over the situation in depth and explore other options and resources that they may have available to them. We can be reached by calling 1-800-RUNAWAY, or via the chat button on the top of our home page.

    Stay safe,
    NRS

    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

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    Hello,a friend's kids ages (13 and 14 I believe) are being physically abused. There were even multiple witnesses as of last night,the cops arrived and the child had an obviously swollen face.they left after the child was made to state 'everything was ok' which wasn't the case. I'm terrified as one of the adults is rumored to be using hard drugs and my concern is something really bad will happen. These children to get out of their house. Their family is in the south and is more than willing to assume rights if at all possible.please help asap

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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 email 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

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    Guest replied
    Hello i am 17 years old in Missouri my mom told me get out then when i left over to my girlfriends house proceeded to threaten to call the cops on her parents my question is if i’m 17 can i choose where i want to stay legally without them getting in trouble

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hey there, thanks for writing to us here at the National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We know it takes great courage to reach out for support, and you have been quite resourceful to find our services.

    While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without guardian permission. For more specifics on the law, the local Non-Emergency Police or Legal Aid may better answer legal questions. Because we’re uncertain which county within Missouri you reside, we’ve shared the Legal Aid of Missouri website here, and you can click on the region that is applicable to you: https://www.lsmo.org/node/792/program-service-area-map to request answers to legal questions.

    If you are looking for a safe place, you can also look up safe places for youth using a zip code through National Safe Place at https://www.nationalsafeplace.org/find-a-safe-place

    Also, often having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. You are not alone in this. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. If you’d like further contact to explore options or receive emotional support, please contact us via our ONLINE CHAT SERVICE at www.1800runaway.org (click on the CHAT button) or our HOTLINE at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929) as we are limited in the number of times we can respond via the forum.

    We are here for you and wish you all the best, NRS.

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    Guest replied
    I'm a 17 1/2 year old run away. The state of Missouri has guardianship of me. I am a foster kid and I ran from a facility. How long do I have to wait before they drop my case?

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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. We would like to be of assistance to you and your boyfriend if we can. It sounds like you both have had a tough time but are finding your way to be stable living with family. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent/guardian permission. If you are under 18 and leave home. Even though his father kicked him out it sounds like his father may have now reported him as a runaway. If picked up by the police he may be returned home. Also, those that may be providing safe harbor may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. He might consider explaining what happened to the police or child services. It may help in whatever decisions are being considered about his safety.
    For more specifics on the law, contact the local non-emergency number to the police or legal aid may better answer legal questions.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. 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 this information was helpful.

    Take care,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    Hi. My boyfriend recently was kicked out of his house by his dad at 16. He lives in Minnesota. My family resides in Missouri so we decided to move in with them where we feel it would be a better environment due to his dads house is very toxic and filled with mental abuse. We also left for our safety an we have a baby on the way so for the baby’s safety as well. His dad kicked him out and told him to find a new place to live which he did but then his dad reported him as a runaway. What will happen to my boyfriend? Will he have to go back to Minnesota? Keep in mind he is in a better home, safer environment, well taken care of there’s plenty of food in the house and the house is well enough big. He also for the last 6 months has been taking care of himself by holding a decent job, buying his own food and everything else and taking care of me and our unborn child. He is pretty independent. But are there any bad outcomes to this situation?

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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's very commendable that you are working so hard and are dedicated to your educational and career path! Running away 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. It's so great to hear that you have people in your life who are so supportive and welcoming. If you go to stay at someone’s house without prior permission from your parents, they could 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 view the situation.

    You mentioned some things about emotional and physical abuse that raise concern for your safety and well-being. Absolutely no one deserves to be abused. 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 any harm or abuse is happening at home, you 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. It may also be a good idea to explore options for staying with another family member or someone you trust as far as transferring custody.

    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 email/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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    Guest replied
    I'm 17 and my parents have tried to put me in a phyc ward 2 times already, claiming that there is something wrong with me and that I'm going down a wrong path in life. I'm still in school I'm going to college next year (for nursing) I have a job and I make my own money. I want to run away but not face any legal charges, can I do that and the people that I stay with would they get in trouble for allowing me into their homes or not? The emotional and physical abuse that I go through living here is too much for me.

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hello! Thank you so much for reaching out.

    You mentioned that your mom yells at you a lot, and your dad has gotten physical before, causing you to want to run away. You’re really brave for wanting to know what consequences, if any, lay ahead. Running away is not a crime. We’re not legal experts, but in most states anyone under 18 is considered a minor. If you were to leave your home without parental consent, your guardians can file a runaway report with the authorities and whoever you end up staying with, may face some charges for harboring a runaway. To know more about runaway laws in your city and state, you can contact your local non-emergency number and inquire anonymously.

    You mentioned that abuse has occurred before, and it has taken a toll on you. An option you can explore would be to talk to a teacher or social worker at school, and let them know about the abuse going on at home. They may be able to try to see if there is evidence enough to file a child abuse report. The National Child Abuse Hotline at 1800) 422-4453, and you can tell the Child Help workers if you can file a child abuse report.

    We hope these resources have been of some use to you. If you need additional help, or want us to make a call to another organization on your behalf, feel free to reach out to us anytime at 1800) 786-2929. Best of luck!
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