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    I'm 16 and my dad said if I don't get a form signed he reporting me as runaway which isn't fair he keep threatening me to leave when i was there and he knew I was moving out and I been living with my bf for a month. He knows where I live and that I'm safe. What should I do?I can't go back..

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hi there and thanks for posting to our forum. Sounds like things are really stressful with your parents and grandparents and it has taken quite a toll on you. We are glad you reached out. Running away is a big decision!

    We are not legal experts, but the legal age of adulthood in most states is 18. To leave before then, you generally need parental permission or to become emancipated. Without permission, if you leave home while under 18, your parents/guarduians could file a runaway report with police. It is not a crime to runaway, but you cannot do it due to your age. It's called a status offense. If the police locate you, they generally return you back home. While it is not illegal for you to runaway, any adult you stay with could be charged with the misdemeanor of harboring a runaway.

    You mentioned feeling unsure about your plan to runaway. We are here 24/7 and can best help directly so chat through the link at the top of this site or call us anytime at 1-800-786-2929.

    We are here to listen and here to help!

    -NRS

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    I'm 15 and I can't deal with my family anymore I have a plan to runaway but I'm not fully sure if I want to my parents and grandparents treat me horribly what should I do

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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 sounds like there is some tension at home between you and your family - that must be really hard. 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 (or 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.

    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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    Hi I'm 14, and I want to run away. I live in Texas but I'm scared I'll go to jail is that possible, I have good hopes in life but I just can't stay with my family no more . It better then me dead right?

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hi, thanks for reaching out. Sounds like things are really stressful living near your uncle, especially when he becomes abusive. You do not deserve any type of abuse. You deserve to feel safe at home! For more information on abuse, getting custody transferred, or reporting the abuse (only if you want to) you can contact Child Help 1-800-422-4453, childhelp.org.

    As far as running away, if you wanted to talk more about your options and what could happen with running away, we are 24/7 so call at 1-800-786-2929 or live chat at the top of this page and can help you brainstorm a plan. We can also provide resources for shelter and to keep you safe. You can also look at nationalsafeplace.org to find a safe place near you.

    Thanks for reaching out! It shows a lot of strength! Call or chat anytime! 1-800-786-2929

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    HI , I really want to run away, my family is broken . I hate my uncle so much and my mom promise we were going to leave along time ago . he's still herw though and He doesnt even like me anyways he calls me a Manipulative little girl that always trys to mess up his and my moms relationship and let tellhe is mt incle on my dads side and they are like dating . He suffers from bipolar diesease and doesn't take his medicine. And when that happens he gets really absuvie and well come out of his house to just throwing things at our house and we have our front door shattered it was glass and our windows in thw dining room and we had a door and he tried to cut through it and i keep telling my mom i wanna move but she doesnt listen if u run away i dont have a safe place to stay because alll mt family members live in texas and canada, what I do ?

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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
    I want to leave. Because i make every one mad i have no one and my family dont care about me please help me

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  • ccsmod6
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    Hello,
    We are glad you reached out to us. That sounds like a difficult situation to be in and living in such an unsupportive environment can always be tough. We are not legal experts but we do have a great deal of experience working with runaways. As far as we know, your mom cannot send you to juvenile detention for not giving her your phone. Kids generally get sent to juvenile detention if they break the law. Arguments about your phone with your mom are not considered breaking the law. It also sounds like there is some physical confrontation going on and if you feel you are being abused you can always reach out to your local police department or the National Abuse Hotline (1-800-422-4453) to file an abuse report.
    It sounds like you are considering running away. Something to consider when running away is while you won’t get into any legal trouble it is possible for your dad to. If your mom files a runaway report and the police find you at his house he could be charged with a misdemeanor known as harboring a runaway. The amount the police use this varies from station to station so you could call your local non-emergency police line and ask. If there is anything else you want to discuss feel free to call us at 1-800-786-2929.
    Thanks for reaching out,
    NRS

  • ccsmod6
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    Hi! All posts are moderated and they will appear when we respond to them. This is so we can make sure that this forum is a safe and appropriate environment for the youth we talk to. Rest assured, we are working on your reply right now and will get it to you as soon as possible! Thank you for being patient and thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline.

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    How do I see where I wrote

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    Ok I’m 15 and my mom and dad are divorced and my dad tells me I can live with him but my mom want let me she’s always hard on me and stuff and my step dad has anger problems we get into it sum times like it’s got to we’re its got physical but when I go over my dads I feel comfortable like I belong my momma always was hard on me and threatens to take my phone away in send me to juvenile bc I didn’t want to give it to her can she even do that can I go to juvenile for not giving her my phone.

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hello there, thanks for reaching out! It shows a lot of strength to ask for help, especially with so much going on for you and at home. You mentioned thinking of killing yourself due to how your mom treats you. That is really serious and we are concerned for you! If you need some support, you can call or live chat with us at 1-800-786-2929 or through this site. There is also the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255, suicidepreventionlifeline.org. They also have 24/7 services over the phone and online live chat, just like us!

    You also mentioned there is physical abuse at home. You do not deserve this at all! We are sorry you are struggling with this. You can reach out to Child Help: 1-800-422-4453, childhelp.org. They can give you info on what is considered abuse, next steps if you wanted to report it, how to stay safe, and how to transfer custody to a safer adult.

    You said you want to runaway but have no where to go. If you call or chat us, we can look up shelter options in your local area for you and discuss other options of safe places to stay. We are 24/7 on chat and by phone: 1-800-786-2929. You can also Text SAFE and your location to 44357 or visit nationalsafeplace.org to find the closest safe place to you!

    Thanks again for posting! We are here to support you. Best of luck and reach out directly anytime!

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    Guest replied
    hi i wanna runaway so bad because living with my mom is making me want to kill myself but the problem is that I dont have no where else to go and she also put her hands on me multiple times and yells at me and im tired of it.

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