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    I attempted to run away from school/home and go to NY. From Media PA. I was caught and now in an in school suspension. What now?

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    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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    How long can you be away from home if you runaway

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  • ccsmod10
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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 bit about your situation.

    It sounds like your mom does not treat you very well. We offer a conference calling service, between youth and their parents. If you ever wanted our help talking to your mom about how you're being treated at home, we're always here to make that call with you.

    If you feel like getting out of the house is the best option and you decide to run away, we can explain what usually happens. We’re not legal experts, but from our general knowledge, running away is not illegal. If you runaway, your mom can make a runaway report. The police don't always actively look for you, if they come across you, then they usually bring you home. We offer to call out to youth’s local police, with youth, to find out their protocols. We can also look for runaway shelters in your area, that way you have a safe place to stay at.

    We hope our response is helpful. We’re here to try to brainstorm options with you. Also, talking to school counselors and teachers about what’s going on at home could provide you with great support. You are not alone in this. You are always welcome to call into our 24/7 crisis center if you'd like to talk more about your situation.

    Be safe, NRS

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    I’m not 15, but I am 13. I hate my family. Especially my mom. She hates me and I hate her. Would I get in a lot of trouble if i ran away?

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  • ccsmod9
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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. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. We feel it is best to help by phone or chat since there are perhaps more things to consider. If you would like to talk more in detail and share more about how we can help specifically, 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.
    We hope to hear from you soon.
    Be safe, NRS

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    What happens when my sister habors a runaway what’s her time she’s 15

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  • ccsmod9
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    Thank you for reaching out to us here at NRS. We know it can be a stressful situation you are going through and seeking out help is sometimes is hard. Our hope is to provide you with tips and resources so that you can make the best decision for you.
    From what we gather about your story some options available to you are perhaps telling your mom that you no longer feel safe around your dad and maybe see if she can help get an official document explaining why and how you don’t want to stay with him any longer.
    Again we want to commend your bravery for reaching out and seeking help. We know it took a lot to get to this point and hope we have given you enough information in order to make a decision that is best for you. If for any reasons you have more questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call at (1-800-786-2929) or online through our chat option at (www.1800runaway.org).
    Best Wishes-NRS

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    hi im 15 almost 16 & i want to runaway from my dads house, i’m forced by law to see him on his visitations, what would happen if i ran away? i dont care if i get a night in juve i just don’t want my mom to lose custody of me & i don’t want to visit my dad anymore

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,
    Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and we are here to listen to your situation. It sounds like you are going through a really difficult situation right now. You mentioned that you do some bad things to get attention, you can consider talking to your parents about your feelings. Also it’s good to have someone to talk to for support, you could always consider talking to your school counselor. You also talked about wanting to run away, in most states the legal age for someone to leave their home without permission is 18. We are not legal experts, but running away is a status offense. What that means is you run away your parents have the right to file a runaway report, if found the police would most likely bring you back home. If you plan on running away you may want to consider safety, where you will be staying, what you will be doing for food and water. If you need a shelter you can call us and we can help you look for shelters in your area.
    We hope this information will be helpful in your situation. If you have any more questions, or would like to discuss more about your situation. Please feel free to call us at any time we are available 24/7. Good Luck, and stay strong!
    NRS

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    I a 15 and I want to run away because my family is so judgmental and negative and ALWAYS blames EVERYTHING on me and I feel like they don't want me here and I absolutely do not want to kill myself but I would like to run away. I do some bad things to get attention because its like they dont care about my words when I speak up for myself and my "role' as a sibling in the household. Please help. What should I do?

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  • ccsmod3
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    Hi there,

    Thanks for reaching out to National Runaway Safeline. We aren’t legal experts, but we have general knowledge about running away. In most states, running away isn’t illegal, but what is called a status offense. You can’t get arrested for it but it will mostly likely go on your record until you are 18. The police will only know if you have runaway if your parents/guardians file a police report. We can’t say for sure how the police will respond, but we hear a lot that police will take potential places you might be and will actively search for you. If they come across you, the most likely will return you home to your parents. Sometimes we hear that if you are staying with someone who knows you are a runaway and are not actively trying to return you or finding shelter for you, your guardians/or police can press charges against the people who are housing you, with something that is called harboring. One of our main goals is to make sure you are safe, so if you ever seriously decide to run away and need shelter, resources, or a safe place to go you can find safe locations at nationalsafeplace.org or reach out to us directly and we can find local resources in your area.

    We are here for you and will support you in anyway that we can. Please feel free to call into us directly as we can talk further about your situation and find resources that are best for you in your area. Stay strong and you are not alone in this! Our hotline ( 1-800-RUNAWAY) and chat are open 24/7.

    -NRS

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    whats happens if i run away at 15

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  • ccsmod10
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    Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to reach out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline. It seems like there must be a lot going on in your life, especially at home, if you’re thinking about leaving home. It’s great that you were able to find out some information about our hotline and if you ever wanted to talk more about your situation, were here!

    We’re unsure how old you are, so we’re going to explain what we know in general terms. As a minor, you aren't able to leave home without your parents’ permission. We aren’t legal experts, but what generally what typically happens if a minor runs away, is that your parents would be able to make a runaway. You can’t be arrested for running away in some cases we’ve heard of police not taking runaway reports on youth who are close to turning 18. A good way to find out exactly what the police protocols are in your city, would be to reach out to your local non-emergency police. You can ask them hypothetical questions about running away.

    If you give us a call on our 24/7 fully confidential hotline, at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) we could help answer some of those questions you have and could potentially help you brainstorm a solution to the issues you are having. We also have an online chat service available through our website (www.1800runaway.org) if you don’t feel like calling in to talk on the phone.

    Best, NRS

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    If im 14 and i runaway in texas is it against the law

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