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    My friend and I have had really trashy lives, we wanna just runaway and start over. I'm 16 and she will be 17 in May. We feel like we can do it, change ourselves, catch a bus with money and grab someone else along the way. We just wanna be free. Our parents are not the best or stable in this case. I mean there is abuse and drugs being used around some of us. Is this entirely dumb? we're planning to leave in November...Just to live a life and be happy for one time of our life, and I don't mean artificial happiness, the real deal...We need this...

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    Hello,

    Thanks for reaching out to us for help. We are sorry to hear that you and your friend have had to deal with abuse and drug use in your homes. That sounds like a really tough situation and it is understandable that you would think about ways to have more freedom and happiness in your lives. We are here to listen and support you in any way that we can. You wrote that you want to run away so you can start a new life where you can be happy. Running away is a big step, and there are many difficulties which may be in the way of your happiness. It is important to have a plan for where you would go and how you would survive. We often hear from people who ran away and ended up on the streets or in very dangerous situations with nowhere to go.

    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, your 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 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. A good way to find out the laws in your area is to call your local police and ask what their policies are regarding runaway youth. It could be difficult for you to access services or to stay in school while on the run. We can help you work out your options, find resources, and make a plan to deal with your situation and stay safe. You mentioned that you are being abused. You do not deserve to be abused, and you have a right to make an abuse report with Child Protective Services if you want. If you have questions or need to talk, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We are looking forward to hearing from you soon, and wish you the best of luck.

    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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    1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

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