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

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  • ccsmod10
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    Hello,

    Thank you for reaching out to NRS. It sounds like you are facing a difficult situation at home. You deserve to be in an environment that is loving, supportive, and safe. I’m sorry that you don’t feel like anybody cares about you, and that you don’t feel like you have supportive people in your life to talk to about it. We are not legal experts here, but we’ll do our best to provide you with some helpful information and resources.

    You mentioned that you want to leave home, but only for a few hours. It is possible that a few hours away from home could make you a runaway. It depends on what state you are in. For example, in Florida, your parents could file a runaway report immediately. If they do file a runaway report, the police’s main priority would be to return you home. It is not illegal to run away from home. It is considered a status offence, because of your age. Have you considered talking to your parents about going someplace else for a few hours? You mentioned having a place to stay. Would this be with a person you trust and feel supported by? It’s important to feel emotional support when you are going through a difficult time. We are always available to talk on the phone or provide you with counseling resources if this is something that you are interested in.

    We understand that considering running away is a stressful situation to be in. If you call 1-800-RUNAWAY, we can provide you with options for shelter if you need a safe place to go. We are always available to talk and provide you with any resources you need to feel safe and supported.

    We appreciate how tough it must have been to reach out to help. It’s good that you are taking positive steps to talk to somebody. Thank you for contacting NRS. We are always available to talk via call or instant message. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year. We’re here to help.

    Take care,
    NRS

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    would it be considered if i ran away for like, 4 hours? i plan on going home but i feel like if i ran away for a couple hours then it would clear my head and i would willfully go with the police. but i feel like literally nobody cares about me at this house and i can’t talk to anybody. i would have a place to stay/walk to. would that work?

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  • ccsmod7
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    Hello there, thanks for reaching out for your girlfriend. Sounds like she is going through a lot with her son.

    We are not legal experts but we can speak generally. If her son leaves home she generally has the responsibility to report him as a runaway to local police so the liability of being his guardian is taken off of her while he is away. If she does not file a runaway report for him once he leaves, it could be seen as neglect. However, this seems like a very unique situation and that would be up to local police. To learn more about what could happen, you might reach out to your local non-emergency police number to talk to an officer about the situation. You might also have her reach out to his probation officer and ask these types of questions.

    Please do not hesitate to call or chat us if you would like to talk further. We would be happy to talk to both your girlfriend and her son if they would like to talk to us, so you might pass along our information as well. We are here to listen, here to help.

    Best,

    NRS

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    My girlfriend is the parent of a 15 year old that has been arrested many times, has been in a hospital or jail 14 times, and is a convicted felon on probation. If he runs away again, what legal responsibilities does she have to find him and bring him home?

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  • ccsmod0
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    Hello,
    Thank you for taking the time to write to us here at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you and your family have had a rough week and you are ready to make amends with them. It is massively courageous for you to admit that you are sorry for your actions. We know that you mentioned that you have a hard time expressing your feeling to your parents. Other techniques that might be helpful to aid in your communication could be writing a letter or even going to family counseling. If either of these things seem like something you would like to try please don’t hesitate to give us a call and we can try to get you in contact with them.
    If you need anything else please feel free to give us a call anytime 1-800-786-2929
    Best wishes,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    On October 25 2018 the time was about 4:14
    me and my mom were just arguing about regular stuff and ya know i have a really bad temper. So right when i got out of the car i pushed the door against my sisters car hard leaving a big mark i dont know why i did that i was just angry and i started to walk away them i saw my mom running at me and i ran and i couldnt stop running. i didnt know where i was going and i ended up going to a friend (this was like an hour later) so i asked my friend if i can stay the night at there house but if they sneak me in. so later that night they snuck me in and i they gave me a blanket and a pillow i slept on the floor. i woke up that morning scared and sad because i didnt know what i did and didnt know why i did it. i signed into my snapchat on a friends phones and saw a lot of texts from my brother wanting me to come home. i sat there and just thought about how scared my family could be i got texts from a older cousin telling me to go home. so i sat for a few hours and just thought if i should go home and i did. it was about an hour walk to get to home. so i got home my sister was on the couch and i asked to use her phone to call my mom and tell her i was home. a few minutes late my mom arrived and my mom was crying telling where did i go. i showed no feeling even though i was hurt and my dad was working out of the states so when he heard the news he didnt know what to do he couldnt sleep that night and he had to come home early. but back to friday. my mom told me that the police were on there way to see if i was home and they came and it was a surprise to me when the police asked to talk to me away from my mom and they put me in cuffs and they took me down to his office when they did all the paper work it took about a few hours. then he took me down to a detention center when they put me in a room with a blanket. i fell asleep and then someone woke me up and told me my mom was here for me and i was so thankful that my mom picked me up because i could not be in there. thats pretty much the story and now i have to wait for my court date and i hope since its my first and last time i do something like that. that the judge doesnt have me do time because i am not built for this kind of stuff. and im really sorry to my parents.

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  • ccsmod3
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    Hi there,

    Thanks for reaching out to National Runaway Safeline and sharing a little bit about what is going. It takes a lot of courage to reach out and especially in a time where you have a really tough and complex situation. That’s great that you have support from your girlfriend’s family. 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.

    Also another way you can seek help is reaching out to a friend, teacher, or counselor at school that can help you look for resources. Your mental health is important. You can also look at SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) at samhsa.gov (call them directly at 1-877-726-4727) or NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness 1-800-950-NAMI to help you find the support that you need. If you do ever feel in direct danger, to yourself, or some else makes you feel that way, please call out to 911 or reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255).

    If you are still wanting to go to school and get enrolled you may qualify for a program under the Mckinney Vento Act that gives the right to all youth to education. There is a helpline that you can reach out to called the National Center for Homeless Educational Helpline. 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.

    We hope this response was helpful! We'd love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis email/forum. Your feedback plays an important role in helping us improve our services to support youth and families. Please click the link below to fill out our survey.

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    Guest replied
    hey..im 15.... um so ive been thinking about running away for a while... ive talked to my girlfriend and she said that i could come stay at her house and her mom would accept me and stuff... but if i leave will i be reported as a run away? i wanna run away because i cant stand living at my house.. my step dad is a **** and my mom dont do nothing...i have to do all the chores by myself because my brother dont do nothing... if i run away can i still goto school? ive cut myself in the past due to situations like this because its to much for me to handle and i have depression... i need help..
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  • ccsmod6
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    Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. Your boyfriend is lucky to have someone like you looking out for him and obviously so concerned for his wellbeing. It sounds like he is in a really tough situation where he has to do more than his fair share of taking care of the house and his sister. Maybe you could have him and his sister over for dinner at your house in order to help them out food wise. It’s hard for us to speak on his circumstances without knowing some more information. If you or he would like to talk more about what’s going on, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on our 24/7 hotline 1-800-RUNAWAY or on chat at 1800runaway.org.

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    Guest replied
    My boyfriend(Ill call him Scott for this) is 16, lives with his father and little sister(7 years old). His dad is night shifts and leaves them home alone at night from 3:00p.m-4:00a.m. Scott has been talking about running away for the last few days because his dad never leaves much food for them...and always puts the weight on him and constantly puts him down...Scott has tried for years to get along with his dad but every time he tries it just gets worse...please tell me what I can do to help...or what he should do....

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  • ccsmod9
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    Thanks for reaching out to us here at NRS. We can understand your situation might be stressful and often times draining. So we commend your bravery to reach out. Our goal is to help give you some options and resources available to you at the current moment so that you can be aware of them all and can make an educated decision about what your next steps look like.
    Though we are not legal experts, from what we can tell is that because you are a minor your parents have the right to file a runaway report. As a result if your parents or police know where you are located they can come and take you back home. Some options you have if you do not want to go back is to contact us to at NRS. We offer resources for shelters and transitional living programs. These places would help you find a safe place in the meantime while you seek out next steps. Know that NRS is also here 24/7 and available to talk whenever you may need it.
    Again thank you for seeking us out at NRS. We hope that we have helped answer your questions pertaining to your situation. We know it can take a lot for you to reach out so we appreciate it. Know that if you have more questions or concerns please feel free to call us at (1-800-786-2929) or online through our chat option at (www.1800runaway.org). Best wishes to you and your situation.
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    I live in texas and im wondering what charges i will face when i return if i do. Im 14 so i do t have a job and no placs tk stay

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  • ccsmod6
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    Hi there, thank you for reaching out to us here at NRS. From what you shared, it sounds like you have been dealing with some issues with your parents which we are sorry to hear. What you are feeling is valid and we are always here to talk if you feel comfortable sharing more. We are here 24/7 over our phone lines (1-800-RUNAWAY) and we also have an online chat system as well at 1800runaway.org. We would love to talk as we truly care about you and we are confidential. If you do feel like leaving home, we can talk further about that as well. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you want to talk further.
    Best, NRS
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