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    ccsmod5
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  • ccsmod5
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    Hi there,


    Thanks for reaching out, we hope to help as best we can. Running away is not a crime, so if you were to runaway as a minor that information would likely be disregarded and possibly erased once you turn 18. At 18, being an adult, any runaway reports out for you would cease to exist. What may stay on a record is if you were to be a “chronic” runaway and your parents or legal guardians got involved with juvenile court. In order to be chronic youth would have had to runaway multiple times. Again, since running away is not a crime, if you were to be picked up you would not be arrested, you would simply be brought back home. 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).
    We hope to hear from you soon.

    Be safe and stay strong,
    NRS
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    If I was to run away now (15 from IN,) would it show up on any official legal documents in the future that could seriously affect my life?

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  • ccsmod16
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  • ccsmod16
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    Hi,
    Thanks for reaching out; we are glad that you did. It sounds like you and your family have been struggling for awhile with your child's situation. You are doing the right things so far and you'll have more information and with hope, guidance once the psychological evaluation is complete.
    Our main focus has always been on teens and young adults, so a child only 7 years old is beyond our knowledge and experience, but we do hope you might reach out to Team H.O.P.E. (Help Offering Parents Empowerment) 1-866-305-4673. Team HOPE is an affiliate of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, www.missingkids.org, and is staffed by parents who have experienced their children having run away. They will share their wisdom and support with you.
    We don't currently have the ability to look for resources just by state, so please feel free to call our hotline 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat us through this website for us to look for any resources that we may have in your city or county.
    We look forward to hearing from you soon.
    Sincerely,
    NRS
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    I live in Indiana and I have three sons. My middle child is 7 years old and tried to run away today. I got a phone call from the police station telling me that he was up there. The whole time I thought he was in his room. Can he get in trouble for this? Can I get in trouble for this? We have been trying for over a year to get him straightened out. He has seen multiple doctors and has a psychological evaluation pending. We have tried everything we know to do for him. What are we supposed to do now?

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  • ccsmod15
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  • ccsmod15
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. We appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. It seems like there’s a lot you and your son are going through right now.

    While we are not experts of the law, 18 is usually the age an individual may leave home without parent permission. You mentioned that your son is 16 years old but it sounds like their mom has legal custody. If he refused to go back to her house, she may file him as a runaway and may be returned home. Anyone found to be assisting or aiding someone to run away may also find themselves at risk legally. For more specifics on the law, you might consider contacting the local non-emergency number for the police. You might also look for a legal aid center in your local area. They may be able to answer any legal questions on the subject. It can be hard to tell what exactly might happen since it depends on the state, who has custody and/or if his mom will be okay with it or not.

    If you'd like to chat more about your situation or explore some options more thoroughly, please feel free to reach out to us directly by calling 1-800-RUNAWAY, or by chatting with us live at www.1800runaway.org. We're available 24/7 and are always happy to listen, and to help.

    Take care,
    NRS
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    My 16 year old requested to live with me. We went through the courts in Indiana and they denied. Now he is talking about refusing to return to his mom after the summer. Would he be considered a runaway if he is here with me (his father)? Would he be picked up by the police? Would I?

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  • ccsmod13
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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline! We’re here to listen and always here to help. We appreciate your taking the time to reach out to us for help. We are sorry to hear that you are going through this with your dad, you do not deserve to feel this way and we commend you for your courage to reach out. It does not seem easy to want to stay in a home where you feel that you are being unfairly treated, you should always feel loved and supported.

    We are not legal experts, but since you are 16, you are still underneath your father’s guardianship. It is our understanding that running away is not illegal, but if your father were to file a runaway report, and the police were to find you, they could return you back to your home. Anyone that you could stay with could be charged with harboring a runaway. You may want to consider reaching out to friends and family members to secure a place to stay and see if your father would let you stay.

    If you ever want to talk more about what you are experiencing or explore your possible options, we are here 24/7 and you can reach out to us over the phone 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929).

    We wish you all of the best,
    NRS
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    I’m 16 my dad keeps telling me I’m just a disappointment and a dumbass all kinds of stuff is started from something stupid I don’t remember what it was tbh. But know I got caught vaping I get it that’s my fault and yes I should be in trouble but he keeps mentally/emotionally abuses me. Telling me that I’m a pos and I’m just a dumbass and all I do is try to make him mad everyday which I don’t for what ever reason he just gets mad at me over anything. i feel like running away and going to stay at a friends house to get out of this situation

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  • ccsmod4
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  • ccsmod4
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    Hello,
    Thank you for writing to us here at 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. There are laws against aiding and or harboring a minor to run away from home. We do understand the concern you and your family has for them.
    It seems there is a lot that your cousins are faced with right now and you’re wanting to find a way to help them.
    It’s great that they have your support and concern, especially since this time is probably quite difficult for them.
    Being abused is not their fault. They don’t deserve to have this happen to them.
    There are laws to protect minors against abuse. If your cousin or someone else would like to file an abuse report they may do so by contacting Child Help USA at: 1-800-422-4453. www.childhelp.org

    NRS can also assist with filing a child abuse report. We can also assist with trying to locate family crisis counseling services or emergency shelter through our database.
    The support you've shown your cousins by reaching out to NRS says a lot about you as a person. They are lucky to have family willing to help.

    NRS is here to listen and here to help.
    Having a space to vent and explore options may often bring out a solution previously not thought of.

    We are here as support to help both you and your relatives through this challenging time.
    We can best help by phone or chat. If you or your friend 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).


    Take care,
    NRS
    ccsmod4
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    Last edited by ccsmod4; 12-01-2020, 02:13 AM.
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    My cousins are getting mentally and physically abused by their mom and her boyfriend, I've gotten pictures of bruises and videos of screaming matches between them, would me and my mom get in trouble if we brought my 1 cousin to my house which is 2 hours away to try and talk to CPS? I want to get them all out of the situation somehow and his mom has threatened me that she'd call him in as a runaway if we took him, could we get in trouble?

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  • ccsmod13
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  • ccsmod13
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    Hello,

    Thank you for taking the time to write us here at NRS. From what you shared, it sounds like you and your daughter have had a very tense relationship. It is understandable for you as the parent to get overwhelmed or hit a breaking point if she has been disrespectful or uncommunicative about issues at home. You mentioned that you had asked your daughter to leave after an argument and she responded by going to her sister's place. It seems like her sister has been a support for her during this difficult time for the both of you. Your feelings and experience with your daughter are valid and real, but by asking her to leave it might have made her feel unwanted at home.

    It is very frustrating that neither your daughter or her sister are attempting to open up communication with you and talk about what's going on. You are legally responsible for your daughter since she is a minor and you can control where she lives. You have the option to make a runaway report with the police. Running away is not illegal, but it is a status offense. Your daughter would not get into any legal trouble, but this allows police to assist with returning your daughter home to you. There is a not a universal way that police respond to runaway reports and it can vary even by officer discretion. Because your daughter did not technically runaway, we cannot say for sure how police will intervene or if they will assist. You can call your local police department's non-emergency number or go to the police station in person to speak with an officer about this.

    We offer a conference calling and mediation service for youth and their families. We can facilitate a conference call between you and your daughter to talk through some of the issues in your relationship and ensure that both of you feel heard during the conversation. The goal would be to come to a compromise or an agreement between you and your daughter. Our services are youth initiated which means your daughter would need to voluntarily call us and ask about doing the conference call. Perhaps you can pass along our contact information (1-800-786-2929) to your daughter and suggest it is a confidential and safe space for her to talk to a third party about any concerns she might be having. We are here as a support for you and your daughter during this challenging time.

    We hope this information helps! We are available for immediate support 24/7 by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or through live chat services at 1800runaway.org.

    Take care,
    NRS
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    Question my 16 yr old and I got into argument she was being very disrespectful and has been for last month even after many many times of me giving her warning it needed to stop after so much I snapped I told her if she didnt respect me to get out she left and went to her sisters house ( which I know her sister will tend to her) but her sister should have sent her home and this would not be a blown up situa8instead her sister babies her took her phone I bought and of course turned off and put it on her plan which they changed my password and my personal question that they ask they are both actually ganging up on me I went to sisters house to talk to 16 yr old and she would not let me in will not answer calls or text messages now I realize I am one who said if u cant respect me get out but does anything say she is 16 and if I tell her not to leave in car that actually helps my situation

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  • ccsmod16
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  • ccsmod16
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    Hi,
    Thank you for reaching out to us; we are glad that you did. It sounds like the abuse that you suffer from your mom and dad is very scary and stressful. You don't deserve to be treated this way. Nobody does. It is understandable that you want to get away and to stay with someone safe. You are very brave and intelligent for finding us and talking about the things that hurt you.

    You would not be arrested for leaving, but there are laws to protect children from unsafe adults that could put your friend in a difficult legal position. If you do go to your friend, they should report that you are there to the Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-800-5556 or to the local police. You have a right to let adults help you to be safe, and the hotline and police will help you do that. You can also call the national child abuse hotline, Child Help at 1800-422-4453 to talk it over. www.childhelp.org

    We can also help you with these options and phone calls. The best way for us to help you is to have a conversation with you either through our phone hotline or via live chat. You can reach us at 1800-RUNAWAY or chat at www.1800runaway.org We are here 24/7 and all of our services are confidential.

    Sincerely,
    NRS
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    hi, im a 14 year old, and my mom and dad abuse me mentally/emotionally and physically. would i be arrested for running away? and would the adult im staying with get in trouble for letting me stay with her?

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  • ccsmod7
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  • ccsmod7
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    Hi there, thanks for reaching out.

    18 years old is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian. We are not legal experts here but we can speak in general terms. If you are under 18 and leave home without permission to stay with a friend, your parents 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 so we cannot predict exactly what would happen in your case. Generally speaking, if you encounter a police officer while reported as a runaway, you will likely be returned home. Another thing to consider is that while running away is not a crime, a legal adult who allows you to stay with them may be putting themselves at risk for being charged with harboring a runaway. One way to find out the laws in your area is to call your local police and ask what their policies are regarding runaway youth.

    Please do not hesitate to call or chat if you would like to talk about your situation. Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org,

    We hope to hear from you soon.

    Be safe,

    NRS
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