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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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    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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    Guest replied
    I want to leave my mom yells at me all the time followed by my dad who occasionally gets physical. I’m 16 now and really want to leave when I’m 17 but In Missouri the law is 18 is there anyway to get out?

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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 are sorry to hear about the passing of your friend. Losing someone is never easy to accept.

    We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. We are not legal experts but perhaps we can assist you better if we knew more about the situation. 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

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    Guest replied
    Hi I’m 15 yr. old and I left school for 2 hrs. Without my parents’ permission for my best friends funeral BC I needed some closure and my mom and step dad reported me as a runaway can they send me to BCA? I came back to school right after the funeral.
    Last edited by ccsmod4; 11-05-2019, 02:29 AM.

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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. We are not legal experts but do have some knowledge of the laws. At 17 you would still be considered as a minor and would not be allowed to leave unless your parent’s gave you permission. If you were to leave without permission your legal guardian could file a runaway report and if the police found you they would most likely bring you home. You could always contact your local police department for an answer as it seems like you heard differently. If you are only a few months away from being 18 the police may not take a runaway report but it is the police department’s decision.
    We hope this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any more questions or would like to explore options please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to listen and provide support to you. Best of luck!
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    Hi. So I’m wanting to leave at 17 but apparently dfs is involved. Am I allowed to move out still? I will have a safe place to go and I’m engaged. The Missouri laws say that I can move out at 17 and that a cop won’t bring me back if they do find out where I am. And that at 17 my parents can’t really file a runaway report cause I’m pretty much on my own at 17 as a girl.

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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 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.While it is great that you want to help out it might not be a good idea since anyone a minor stays with can be charged with harboring a runway. This would put you in a place where you could get in trouble. It might be a good idea to just inform your gf you are worried and that might be a good idea to tell her that she could be in danger. 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).
    If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.
    We hope to hear from you soon.
    Be safe, NRS

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    Guest replied
    Hi my girlfriend who is 15 ran away from home tonight she’s at a sketchy friends house I want her to stay here but I’m not sure if it’s illegal to have her here if she’s 15 and a runaway she plans on going home in a couple days but I want her to be safe here but I don’t want to be in any legal trouble if I do. What can I do to help her? Thanks

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hi there,
    Thank you for contacting us at the National Runaway Safeline and trying to help your mentor child.

    It sounds like your mentor child is going through a really hard time right now. If there is any abuse going on he has the option to file an abuse report at the Child Help USA at 1-800-422-4453 and they can help provide him with information about filing an abuse report. If his safety is at risk he can call 911. We are not legal experts, so we are not sure about legality about things, You can contact Law Help at www.lawhelp.org and they can help you with legal information.
    Just speaking generally as you mentioned if he is to runaway without his parents permission he can be brought back home and whoever he is staying with could be charged with harboring a runaway. However in some states laws can be flexible and the best way to find out what might happen is to call the local police department an check with them.

    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.

    Best,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    My Mentor Child was just kicked out of his home. I know if he stays with my husband and I that we may be in trouble. He is 17 yrs old, and we have been pushing him since he was 8 to break the cycle. Also, the car is in his name? Can she keep it? I am at a loss on how can help if he is not a runaway. Also i guess could come back and say he ran away??? Any advice.

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  • ccsmod1
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    Hey there,

    Thanks so much for contacting us, it takes a lot of courage to reach out and share your story. It must be really hard to live in a home where you feel like you are trapped. 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 parent/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 to your parents/guardians. It seems like you may be close to turning 18 since you are a high school graduate. It may be beneficial to contact your local nonemergency number (usually you can just dial 311) to see what local police policy is for runaways who are close to 18.

    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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    Guest replied
    Hey,
    so i am 17 and just graduated highschool. I feel as though I am being trapped inside my house. Is there any way legally I can leave? I already have a different place to sleep and I have a job lined up soon. Could the police make me come back home even if I am safe and feel better there than my own home?

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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 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. These charges depend on every situation and can be handled differently by each police station. 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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