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    so i live with my mother, her husband, and my sister. My mom is going to have another baby in a few months and I know for a fact that she can't pay for everything. She can barely afford to pay the bills now so I was thinking about running away so she can save some cash. I would have a place to stay with my boyfriend and his mother and I don't know if there would be any legal issues. I don't want them getting in trouble and I don't know if my mom would file a report. I live in Illinois

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    Reply: 15 (female) wanting to run away

    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.

    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?

    NRS is here to listen and here to help.
    Perhaps you might consider getting together with your mother and boyfriend’s mother to discuss your idea about moving in with them.
    Think about what ground rules could be set that might help your mother to comfortable about the plan.

    If you would like to speak more about your situation please contact us.
    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
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