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  • I've been in a home i hate since being adopted at the age of 6 (im 15 ill be 16 in less than two months). My parents treat me like crap. Recently i informed the school my dad shook me around and pushed me the ground hard enough to leave bruises from his fingertips. They alaways ground me because they think im a bad kid when im really not. I dont want to live with them anymore. Today they found the phone ive been using since im grouneded and they flipped out!! Ive comteplated leaving and running away to a friends house. What will happen to me if i do?

    Hello, I'm 15, actually almost 16, and I am thinking of running away from home. I live in the U.S and I want to leave home because having parents of Asian heritage is extremely stressful to me. I'm trying to do better in school but somehow everyone does better and they have better lives than me. Please reply soon because I might go after Christmas. By the way, I have no place to stay and if I do run from home, I'll take some clothes, food, water, supplies and I'll just go wherever I can as I have no place to stay. Please reply soon! Thanks!
    Last edited by ccsmod0; 12-18-2019, 12:46 AM. Reason: two posts. combined into one. deleted second post.

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      Hey 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.

      You don't deserve to be hurt in any way. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. You may also be able to report any mistreatment to CPS. Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org is an organization that helps protect minors from being harmed. They can tell you more about how CPS could respond to your situation. If you ever need assistance calling out to CPS to make an abuse or neglect report please call is at 1-800-RUNAWAY.

      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 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

  • Hi I’m 15 but will be 16 soon. I’ve been engaged for awhile now and can’t stand to live with my family anymore they’ve been quite abusive and I’m not happy here and mentally tormented. If I leave the country with my fiancé could I be arrested if I return?
    I’m 15 going to be 16 and wanting to leave the country with my fiancé. I’m been mentally, emotionally and physically abused and tormented from my family and I am just not in a livable situation. Could I be arrested if I come back to the country? Or can I be arrested in the country I arrive in?
    Last edited by ccsmod0; 12-19-2019, 04:35 AM.

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      It looks like you might have contacted NRS today through another means (for example, live chat, email or bulletin) for the same issue. Thank you for contacting us. NRS understands it takes courage to reach out for help; therefore, we would like to minimize the need for you to repeat your situation and avoid offering you duplicate services. Please call or chat us again if your situation changes or if you have more questions or concerns, or if you need additional support. We are here for you: 1-800-RUNAWAY; www.1800runaway.org.

      We are not legal experts. You may want to reach out to TSA or your local police department to determine the consequences of this in your area.

      Best of luck,
      NRS
      Last edited by ccsmod0; 12-19-2019, 04:43 AM.

  • What if i run away at age 15 what will happen will i go to jail?

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      ccsmod15 commented
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      Hello! Thank you so much for reaching out.

      You mentioned that you want to know what the consequences of a 15 year old running away are. 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.

      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!

  • Hi I’m 19 and I plan on leaving my home bc it doesn’t fell like home anymore I have two siblings who are both 15 year of age and they wanna leave also will I who is 19 have any charges against her.

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      Hi,
      Thank you for reaching out to us; we are glad that you did. In 49 states you can leave without any problems. You are in charge of your own life (Mississippi is the exception at age 21).
      For your siblings, it is their parents/guardians who have responsibility and rights regarding them until they reach the age of majority in your state.

      So if they left with you, your parents could insist on police involvement. We are here to talk further with you or with your siblings. We are here to listen to all of you 24/7.

      You can reach us by phone at 1-800-RUNAWAY, (1-800-786-2929) or through live chat via www.1800runaway.org.
      We hope to hear from you soon.
      Sincerely,
      NRS

  • hey i want to runaway from home my family is split in half & it feels like im living in a fantasy , it feels like both my parents dont care , they are not together but their mindset of a kid to them seems like its just a job nothing else , basically eat , sleep , pee , poop , eat , sleep & repeat i dont like that , plus there is really bad history and chemistry with us now i really almost dont get along with them i want to run away im only 15 but i want to know what they can do with their rights , can i return w my will ? or can i stay wherever im at. ?

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      Hi there,

      Thank you for taking the time to write us and for sharing a bit about your situation. It sounds like your parents lack of involvement and emotional has been causing you quite a bit of stress. It can certainly be difficult when the adults in our lives are not supportive. It is completely understandable you would be thinking about leaving to better your mental health and well-being.

      We are not legal experts here at NRS so this is not legal advice by any means, but we can share our knowledge of runaway laws and protocol. Running away itself is not illegal, but your parents do have the right to report you as a runaway to the police. You would not be arrested, but if your parents know where you are staying then they can have the police return you home.

      Having a support system while you navigate this challenging time is really important. Sometimes having a safe place to talk or even just feeling like you have someone on your side can help as you think through your options. Maybe there is another family member or a trusted adult at school that you can go to for support. Additionally, we are here 24/7 to listen and help as much as possible. You can contact us at 1-800-786-2929 or use our live chat services at www.1800runaway.org if you would like to talk more in-depth about your situation.

      Be safe,
      NRS

  • so i wanted to know i usually be coming home around 10-12pm and then your parents harassing you and you don’t like that so you decide to run away and stay in your personal car at the age of 15 turning 16 can there be any really bad consequences

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    • ccsmod0
      ccsmod0 commented
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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. 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

  • Hi so I have been planning to runaway with my little brother for a while now we are not safe in our enviorment and my dad's girlfriends abuses us and we keep getting forced to go back what should I do I'm only 12 and I'm confused and fustrated because my brother has to go through this stuff and he is only 7 years old he cries his-self to sleep and wishes to go back with our mother pls help I'm really concerned for my brother and would do anything to keep him away from all this unhealthy stuff.

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      ccsmod9 commented
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      Thanks for reaching out to NRS! We understand you are going through a rough time and we are very sorry that you are being abused by your dad’s girlfriend. You and your brother do not deserve that. Some options available to you are to report the abuse. We would recommend gathering evidence before you call and report. Evidence looks like marks on your body or bruises. It can also be texts, pictures, audio,video anything that can prove your dad’s girlfriend is being abusive. If you feel you need to call out to report you can call Child Find (800-426-567 They are an organization that can help report and find you help. You can also call us here at NRS (800-786-2929) and we can help find you shelters and Transitional Living Programs which can also be programs that can help assist you.
      We are here as support to help through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS. 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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