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    hi. i am 15 almost turning 16. i was wondering what would happened if i ran away to my friends house. ive been living here wit my dad and stepmom for 5 years now and thay always yell at me for stupid stuff and say how im worthless and stuff. theve even abused me a couple times alittle while ago my stepmom throught my against a sharp corner and busted open my elbow and no i have this big scar they always stay out late doing drug runs and come home high and even smoke and stuff in the house would i get in trouble for going to my friends or familys house since its safer there... im been doing bad in school ive been trying to commet suicide. ive told cps about my problem and my dad lies straight up to there face and says im lieing for the past 5 years they havent done crap but got me in trouble. idk what to do.. i just wanna leave

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  • ccsmod6
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    Thank you for reaching out to us during this difficult time. It sounds like you want to live with your family but are worried about being on the streets. Although we are not legal experts, technically it’s not against the law for you to run away from home without your legal guardian’s permission. In most places it’s considered a ‘status offense’. However, anyone you would be caught staying with could possibly be charged with harboring a runaway. If you do not want to risk that, you can always go to a youth shelter. You can find one near you at https://www.nationalsafeplace.org/. You can also contact us at any time if you are interested in talking about what other options you might have at 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat with us online at 1800runaway.org.

    Take care,
    NRS

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    i want to run away i dont feel good enough to live with my family what do i do it is really cold but i dont see no other options

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  • ccsmod3
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    Hello,

    Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds likes you love your family and are considering whatever options are available to you. We’re glad that you contacted us and will try our best to help you in whatever way that we can.

    You mentioned that you are considering running away. It’s good to hear that you have money to sustain a life potentially in Texas. You might want to consider what will happen once the thousand dollars runs out if you no longer are making money. Additionally, it’s important to think about where you could safely go with your girlfriend if you were to leave.
    Something that might be helpful to know is that in the state of Kansas, you aren’t legally considered an adult until the age of 18. While we are not legal experts, if you were to runaway and your family filed a runaway report, you wouldn’t likely get in any trouble with the law, but would be returned home. It’s understandable that having Child Sevices involved now makes you a little nervous. Sometimes they might be around to support your family, though, no necessarily hurt your family.

    It sounds like there’s a lot going on at home and now school isn’t going as well. It can be helpful to talk about these things with others and maybe a school counselor or trusted adult could be a good resource for you.

    We are available here at NRS 24/7 should you feel like you’d like additional support. We can be reached at 1-800-786-2929.

    We wish you the best of luck,

    NRS

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    Hi, I’m 15 and I’m not doing very great in school, I have failed 4 of 8 classes this semester and I have gotten in trouble for cutting and truancy. Child Services has reached out to my mother (who I live with) to say that they would like to take me into custody, and I don’t want that, I love my family. So I am thinking about running away, and staying on the streets. I have thought about running away before, because I was tired of living with my dad so I ran away to live with my mom. I don’t know how long I would last on my own but I have a couple thousand dollars in my bank account and I want to escape to Texas with my girlfriend, (from Kansas by the way) and stay they are get a job because I will be 16 in 2 weeks

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  • ccsmod10
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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 must be really hard to live into a home with so much tension. Everyone deserves to be respected.

    You mentioned that your father used to abuse you. 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. It may also be a good place to explore options for staying with another family member or someone you trust as far as transferring custody.

    It’s important to consider all the possibilities that can occur if you leave home. You will need to plan out how you will cover basic necessities like travel, food, clothing, etc. If you have a place to go in mind, it’s good to see what the expectations of the living arrangement will be like; rules, the amount of time you’re allowed to stay, if you’re expected to contribute financially, etc. This can all influence your decision to leave.

    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.

    All the best,
    NRS

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    Today was just the last straw I mean all I seem to do is disappoint my father. I don't even like him. I've been planning on running away since I was 13 years old. I am now 15. I don't want to live with my dad or mom. I want to run away or at least live with someone else. I can't handle my home. My family constantly fighting My dad used to abuse us when I was younger. I hate him so much I never did like him. I don't care what he does. Trys to get along with us I can't live with him anymore. I hate being with him and mom. I feel like every teenager goes through this but I can not anymore. I hate them so much. I don't want to live anywhere here. I just. I want to run away.

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hello there, thanks for reaching out today. Sounds like you are thinking about running away to travel and you are wanting to have a better understanding of your local laws. It is smart of you to research those things before you make the decision to leave.

    18 years old is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian in NC. We are not legal experts here but we can speak in general terms. If you leave home without permission, 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.

    It sound like you are really lacking some freedom at home; which is making you to want to explore on your own. That's understandable, it seems hard to not be able to go for a small walk. If you haven't already, you might try to talk to your parents about how you are feeling and if there are any compromises that can be made. Here at NRS, we have a conference call service if you ever want to have a mediated conversation with your parents with an advocate on the line. Please call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY for those services. We are always here for you.

    Please do not hesitate to call or chat us if you would like to talk through your situation and help with brainstorming additional options. We are here to listen, here to help.

    Best,

    NRS

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    Hello, I’m going to be 15 in a few months, I’ve been wanting to run away for a while now. I have always wanted to travel the US (I live in NC) and I don’t know the laws about running away. My parents aren’t to fond to the idea of me traveling. They won’t even let me take a small walk. I love them and I know that they love me but I need freedom to do what I want. And I don’t want them to know that I’ve been wanting to do this for a while.

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  • ccsmod9
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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. If you’re feeling unsafe and need a safe place to go and talk to someone, you may wish to visit The National Safeplace website (www.nationalsafeplace.org). This organization provides access to immediate help and supportive resources for youth in need. You can look up your city and state to see if there are any safe places near you listed. So that is always an option if you feel like talking to someone in person about what has been going on or if you just need of a safe place to stay.

    You also may use your phone to text the word “safe” and your current location (city/state/zip) to 69866. If there are safe places and shelters nearby, a list of those will be sent to your phone and you may have the option to text back and forth with a trained counselor as well.

    Be safe,
    NRS

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    Hello. I am 15 years old and have been planning to run away for a while. I don't like how stressful my life is. It makes me depressed. All I want to do is get away for a while and be happy for once. The only issue I have with my plan is that I have no place to stay. Any advice would help me a lot.

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  • ccsmod5
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    Hi,
    Thank you for reaching out. It sounds like you’re in a challenging situation and are tired of moving from home to home. That must be disorienting, frustrating, and exhausting. Thank you for having the courage to share a little bit about what’s going on. Since you are a minor, if you ran away from your placement your guardian would file a runaway report with the local police. If the police are able to find you, they may return you home. The consequences of running away are typically not jail time, however we are not legal experts so we can’t say for sure. If you have had interactions with the juvenile justice system in the past, that may also affect what the consequences could be.
    All of that being said, we understand that sometimes it is your safest option to leave. You might consider staying with a friend or a family member. Another option could be staying in a shelter or possibly taking to your case worker about transitional living options. If you need anything else—resources, a listening ear, someone to help create a plan—we are here for you 24/7 at 1-800-786-2929. Take care and stay safe!
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    I am 15 years old I have been planning to run away from I have no where to go. I running away from cps cause I am tired of moving homes but I am scared I will get introuble

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,
    Thank you for contacting The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. We are not legal experts, but we do have general knowledge of the laws. If you are harboring a runaway you could be faced with a fine. Harboring a runaway is a civil matter, so the police do not file this charge but the courts do. We hope this information answered your question. If you have any more questions or would like to discuss your situation in further detail please feel free to call us, we are here 24/7. We wish you the best of luck!
    NRS

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    Whata re the consequences of holding a runaway

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