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  • ccsmod10
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    Hi there,

    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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    Let’s say if I run away and live with a frined what type of trouble will I be in could I go to jail bc my friend ran away and she went to jail

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  • ccsmod0
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    Thanks for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. We are here to listen and help as best as we can. It sounds like you are going through a really tough time not having your youth home and being unsure of their safety. They are lucky to have someone that cares so much about them.

    One of the first options that can be important to explore is contacting your local law enforcement to file a runaway report. We are not legal experts here, but typically it is not illegal to runaway or leave home without permission. However, if a runaway report is filed, police that encounter a runaway youth will work to return them home when found. Keep in mind though, that the efforts made to search for runaway youth can vary from state to state or even within districts. Often it is up to the parents to advocate for themselves and keep track of the steps taken to find their youth.

    If you have a way to communicate with your child either email, text, phone, or social media you can inform them that we are offer confidential 24/7 support. We can try to locate some resources that could be of assistance, wherever they are located, to help keep them safe. If you do not have contact with your child, we also offer a message service where parents can call us to leave a message for their child. If the youth calls in, we can deliver this message. We also take messages from youth to their parents that we deliver as well. This can be a great option for you to express yourself in a safe, productive, and non-confrontational way. If you choose to utilize our message service, we encourage you to spread the word to anyone you think may be in contact with your child to increase the chances of your message being retrieved.

    Unfortunately we do not have a service that assists with locating youth, but there are agencies that offer to help in this way. One option is the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children which can be reached at 1-800-843-5678 or this link http://www.missingkids.com/home. You can also try Child Find at 1800-426-5678 or at this link http://childfindofamerica.org/. During a time like this, it can be important to remember your own self-care. Taking care of yourself and feeling heard can make an overwhelming situation more manageable. You can always call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY to talk or find additional resources.

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    My grand daughter ran away from home. What can we do?

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  • ccsmod10
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    Hi there,

    You mentioned wanting to know how you can leave home before turning 18. The easiest way to leave home is with your parents permission. We understand that might be challenging, however, maybe there’s another family member, relative, or a family friend who could help to communicate how you’re feeling to your parents. The second way is through Child Protective Services if safety is a concern. Lastly, you can also look into emancipation options. In most states you need to be at least 16 to be considered and demonstrate that you can support yourself financially and independently. Emancipation often can be a lengthy process and may even cost some money for court fees. We would be happy to look into legal resources if that’s something you are considering.

    Please reach out soon so that we may offer support and resources to you. Our number is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929).

    Be safe,

    NRS

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    I’m 15 and I want to run away from my parents house and stay at my friends house

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  • ccsmod4
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    Hello,
    Thank you for writing to us here at the National Runaway Safeline.

    We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. We are not legal experts so we can’t offer much on custody issues.
    We can however explore legal options with you. Running away is a big step and there may be things to consider when it comes to how you will survive.
    We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email or bulletin for assistance. 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).

    Take care,
    NRS

  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,
    Thank you for reaching out to us here at The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. You and your sister do not deserve to be abused in any way that is unacceptable. You do have the right to make an abuse report and there are a few ways in which you can do this. One option to consider is talking with your school counselor, because they are mandated reporters. They would be able to help make a report on your behalf. Another option to consider is calling Child Help at 1800-422-4453. We can also help you make a report if you call or chat in with us.
    We know you mentioned suicide, which is a really serious decision. We want you to know that you are valuable and you are worth living. We know you mentioned trying to call The Suicide Hotline, but they also have a chat service. This is there website where you can do a live chat https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/. There is always someone willing to listen and willing to help and provide support.
    We know you mentioned that you want to runaway we are not legal experts but we do have general information on running away. If you were to leave without permission your legal guardian could file a runaway report. If the police do find you because you mentioned abuse they may do an investigation. Also whoever you would stay with could potentially get in trouble for harboring a runaway.
    We hope this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any other questions or would like to explore more options please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to listen and to provide support. Best of luck!
    NRS

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    I have been wanting to runaway bc I miss home. I feel homesick every day and I'm from Maine and I moved there when I was 4 and I moved to TN and then to PA well I liked PA cause Baseball I played for 7yrs in Williamsport PA and now I feel like I can’t do what I want cause we moved to the south to KY and I hate KY cause in my opinion it's the south and I hate the south. I think the schools are trash and I miss the snow. A lot. My dad moved my mom and me here to K.Y. because he wanted my mom to be closer to her parents and I hate it. Is there a way for me to move back to Maine and move in with my dad’s mom? I was adopted just as I was born and I want to see if I can move in with my real mom if she lets me. Is that possible. I'm 14 turning 15 in 2 or 3 months so I'll he 16 in a year and a half.
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    Hi, I'm 15 years old. I want to runaway to my boyfriend. He only lives three hours away. My father is mentally abusive towards me and psychically towards my younger sister. I have thought about running away for a long time now and I finally have planned it all out. I also have hurt myself on purpose. I haven't been clinically diagnosed with depression but I'm sure I have it. I have no way to contact anyone. And my father might hurt me if I tell him I'm scared to tell anyone anymore. I believe that if I leave I can find myself a better life. I have also looked up how to get emancipated so that I can live alone but it says it would better if I was 16. I have 9 more months before I turn 16 and I don't know if I can hold out that long. I think about killing myself a lot and have tried to contact the suicide help line but I can't ever get the phone to contact them. If I went to court against my father is it possible I could move back with my mom or get emancipated? Would I have a smooth case?

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,
    Thank you so much for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, it takes a lot of courage to reach out and we are so glad that you did. Wow it seems like you have gone through a lot of traumatic things in your household. You did not deserve to be treated like that and we are sorry that you have gone through that.
    Some of those things you mentioned can be difficult to deal with alone. One option to consider is talking with a counselor about everything that has happened. Also a resource that you may find helpful is RAINN (rape abuse incest national network). They can be reached by phone or by chat, 1800-656-4673. You also have the right to report this by calling Child Help at: 1800-422-4453 or your local police.
    We are not legal experts but if you were to run away your legal guardian could file a runaway report. If the police were to find you they may bring you back home. Because of the things you have mentioned they most likely would investigate your home and the situation.
    We hope this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any more questions or would like to explore more options please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to listen and to provide support. Best of luck!
    NRS

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    I'm 15 turning 16 soon im a freshmen in high school and i have been wanting to run away for a while know. I already tried and my parents found me within a few hours of me running away. I have been mentally abused and raped and sexually assaulted in my household. and I wanna just run away with my boyfriend. I don't know what I should do. I live in Pennsylvania. Im the last child that my parents had and they are never off my shoulder they always tell me that im just going to end up like my siblings and that I should just leave and never come back. please tell me what i should do.

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  • ccsmod4
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    Hello,
    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 sounds like you’re quite overwhelmed by things in your life right now.
    It sounds like you’re fearing that the stress from the situation is getting harder and harder to handle.
    We are sorry you are going through a tough emotional time.

    Sometimes when things are too stressful it might help to talk with someone about it.
    It seems that you have a friend you are close with and the two of you seem to lean on one another for support. There are times when things can become so frustrating that it is difficult to know just what to do to cope with the situation.
    Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. This may feel like a tough time for you, but you are not alone in this.
    NRS is here to listen and here to help.
    We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. Let us know what we might do to help you navigate this situation.
    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).

    You are welcome to discuss your situation and talk about possible options for help.
    What you did today by reaching out was great. Good job.
    We hope to hear from you soon.

    Take care,
    NRS

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    Hi, I’m 15 years old and my parents are divorced. My mom left for prison when I was 3, she came back when I was 12 or 13 I moved in with her with hopes of having an amazing life. Well that’s not what happened. My mom eventually began to bring me to all of her boyfriend houses and I hated every moment of it. My dad and I are kinda close but after I tried killing myself back in October of 2018 it hasn’t been the same. My best friend that I have known since I was in the 4th grade and I have been talking about it. Her parents are kinda of bored. We both want them to get in trouble. She is in Florida and I am in Texas. I have been trying to get away for a while now. I’m not even sure maybe a year in a half. I’ve been telling her about my mom for a long time now. Our thing is her parents. We have a kinda a plan. But it’s her parents that don’t want to get in trouble. My brother ran away for 18+ and my mom didn’t do anything. She told me “that in him if that what he wanted to then let him ******** up like that” then continued to tell if it was you in this situation I would do the same. No cops were informed. I don’t think if he wouldn’t have come home he would still be missing. I feel like if I left I wouldn’t be found and that want me and my best friend both of on concerns of her parents. My and I fight but he would be one reasoning for me to stay. I’ve moved schools I’ve tried going back to my dad and she just won’t let me. I want to go back to my dad’s in a way but I’ve never wanted to leave more in my life. I need to get out of Texas of this town, house and this life. I need to start over; what do I do? I just can’t take it anymore.
    Last edited by ccsmod4; 02-04-2020, 06:07 AM.

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hello!
    Thank you for reaching out to National Runaway Safeline! I am not sure how to answer your question without more detail. Please reach out to us via our hotline at 1800-786-2929 or our live chat at www.1800runaway.org. We are able to try to answer any questions you may have as running away can bring about many questions. Our lines are available 24/7 and are confidential.
    Stay safe!
    National Runaway Safeline

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