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  • ccsmod3
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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 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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    Guest replied
    If I’m 15 in South Carolina. what charges will I face when I act upon running away? I would just like to know the consequences, either way I’m going to leave my home without tipping people off.

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hello, and thank you for taking the time to share a post on our Bulletin.

    While we are not legal experts by any means, we can speak generally on this issues you brought up.

    Generally speaking your parents or legal guardians can decide where you live until you reach the age of majority (18 in most states). If you leave home without permission, your parents do have the right to report you as a runaway to the police. You are right that running away is not illegal, but it is a status offense. A status offense is something you cannot do because of your age. This means that your parents can ask that police return you home. Your mom and step dad would not necessarily get into trouble if you ran away. Your parents are obligated to ensure you have a safe place to live until you turn 18. If they do not do this then they they could get into legal trouble for neglect. If your parents notify police that you have left without permission and might not be safe then this would likely prevent them from getting into legal trouble for you running away. Depending on the laws in your area, anyone that you stay with or who helps you to runaway could get into legal trouble for harboring a runaway or contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The best way to know the laws in your area is to call the non-emergency number for the local police department to ask about their runaway and harboring protocols.

    We hope this information was able to answer all of your questions. If you would like to talk more about this or your situation, please do not hesitate to reach out again anytime by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or use our live chat services at 1800runaway.org.

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    Guest replied
    im 15 and i live in california and i looked it up and it is not a crime to run away in california and i have a plan also i have someone i could stay with that can take care of me and they don't mind if i lived with them my mom only said no because she wants me to go to school here but i don't want to stay here anymore is that going to effect me in anyway saying its not a crime to run away? Also the only legal truble someone would get into is my mom and step dad now what would you say about this??? ps. just wondering not really going to run away but i wanted to know if i could if i wanted to? is this true or not to be able to or not?

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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 so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. It must be very hard to come to grips with. Sometimes it helps to look for support in times such as this.

    We would like to be of assistance to you if we can. It is times like these that would be nice to have a listening ear. It is also important that you remember to exercise self- care. You showed some by reaching out to NRS. Good for you. What you have been experiencing sounds very sad and very, very unfair. You do not deserve to be treated this way by your mother. It’s not your fault that she behave's this way. It sounds emotionally abusive. Your feelings are important and they matter.
    You are deserving as anyone that wants to be happy.
    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 so that we might learn a little more about your situation and how we might assist you. 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).

    We hope to hear from you soon.

    Take care,
    NRS
    Last edited by ccsmod4; 04-02-2020, 03:15 AM.

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    Hi I’m 14 and I want to run away. I have nowhere to go. My dad died three months ago and my mom took me from my step family. They were more family than she’s ever been. She used to be abusive. She’s still at least mentally abusive. I feel lonely and unloved. I need to leave. Advice?
    Last edited by ccsmod4; 04-02-2020, 03:46 AM.

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  • ccsmod6
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    Hello and thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. Getting into a fight with your mom sounds pretty intense and it makes sense that you want some space. If you left home without your parents permission, they could call the police and file a runaway report. It’s not illegal to run away and you won’t get arrested or go to jail, but if the police know where you are, they can notify your parents and then bring you back home. If you were just leaving for a night, it would be pretty unlikely that your friend’s parents would get into trouble, but there is a risk of something called “harboring a runaway” if they shelter you many times and if your parents want to try and press charges.

    If you want to talk more about what is going on and what options you have, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-786-2929 or chat us at 1800runaway.org

    Take care,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    i want to leave my house for a night because me and my mom got into a fight can my friends parents get in trouble if my mom was to call the police and say i left.

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  • ccsmod0
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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 sounds like you’re quite overwhelmed by things at home right now and you mentioned being harmed. We’re sorry you’re going through this. 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.
    Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. You are not alone in this. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time.
    If you would like to talk more in detail please chat soon through our website www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button) if you are unable to call in. We unfortunately cannot give advice as we are non-directive. You know your situation best
    We hope to hear from you soon.
    Be safe,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    My stepdad and mom have always fought since I was little my mom always left me and my lil brother alone in the house just to chase after my stepdad we've always had problems and they always fought since I can remember I've had to see my mom try to kill herself and over the time I've built up anger about It .I'm 15 now and I did bad actions because I wasn't ever happy the only thing I did was took money from my grandparents once and had a bf and note that I'm a sophomore. I feel suffocated angry upset that I grew up the way I did. All I remember is the fights and violence from my childhood and I'm angry cuz my mom never gave me freedom I felt that she's never let me grow up like how I'm suppose to as a teen. She only wanted to know things she never tried to understand and it hurts. And when she gets really really angry with me this happened one time as I clearly remember I was so angry at my stepdad because he cheated and ive had that anger with him,we had a issue that day with my bf cuz I wasn't suppose to take talk to him and I got mad and pushed him and my mom got crazy and pushed me and tried chocking me and slap me but my family pulled her away I didn't know how to feel and Last night she told me she will not support me anymore in life nor in school or to pay for my college she said to stay away from my brother and my cousin cuz I'm bad she's said that no one in the house even wants me there rn and that she's doesn't want to loose a daughter but I can hurt myself if I wanted to she doesn't care anymore all because I wanted to be normal like a teen she also said if I want to leave by all means go ahead she said she didn't care wat I did with my life anymore and I want to runaway and I have my boyfriend my best friend and my cousin to go to but they won't take me because they don't want to get in trouble with the cops and my parents. I need to leave cuz I'm slowly getting mentally beat up with wat my mom said to me and I don't on the feel safe being home because of myself. I need help on what to do .

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  • ccsmod13
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    Thanks for taking the time to write us here at NRS. It can certainly be stressful at home when the adults in the household are not supportive. Emotional abuse does get overwhelming and it can be tough to cope with on your own. Abuse of any kind is never okay and not your fault.

    Generally speaking, your parents are your legal guardians until you turn 18, so they can decide where you live. If you do choose to leave without permission, your parents can report you as a runaway to the police. Running away is not illegal, but it is a status offense. This means that if your parents know where you are staying then they can have the police return you home.

    The easiest way to leave home as a minor is with your parents’ permission. In this case, they would be allowing you to live somewhere else where you are safe and being cared for. A helpful step is to start reaching out to friends and family members you might be able to stay with. Sometimes having an adult advocate on your side can make communicating your needs more effective to your parents. Perhaps an adult family member, a friend's parent or a counselor at school can talk to your parents with you about your experience at home and the possibility of you leaving.

    Child Help is an organization that advocates for young people in abusive and unhealthy situations. You can contact them at 1-800-422-4453 or go to childhelphotline.org to talk more about strategies for coping with the emotional abuse at home and options for having a trusted adult intervene to help. They can also be another resource to add to your support system while you navigate this challenging time.

    We truly want to be a support for you as you decide on your next steps. We are available 24/7 to listen and help as much as possible. Please do not hesitate to reach out again by phone or chat if you would like to talk more in-depth about your situation and explore your options. You can contact us by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or use our live chat services at www.1800runaway.org.

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    Guest replied
    Hi, I’m thinking about running away. My parents are not physically abusive but they are mentally in ways I can not explain. I want to know a way where I can leave my home and not be forced to come back but without my parents permission because I know for a fact that they’ll make me stay. Please help me find a solution.

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  • ccsmod10
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    Hi, thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. Thank you for being brave and asking for help, and we’re sorry to hear this week has been so tough.
    We are not legal experts and offer the best advice we can. If you choose to run away and are under 18, the most likely thing your parents will do is contact the police and file a runaway report. This gives the police a cause to search for you and will stay on your record until you turn 18. If you are found by the police but there is evidence of any neglect or abuse at home, that is cause for police and Child Protective Services to investigate your home life and may lead to trouble for your parents. More specific legal answers can be found online or with other legal aid services.

    Again, we’re really glad you reached out to us. It takes a lot to ask for help and you are taking very good steps. If you want to reach out to the NRS again, we are available at 1800-RUNAWAY for calls and www.1800runaway.org for chats. We are 24/7, toll free, and confidential.

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    Guest replied
    So lately this week was awful for me, and I just want to run away. The only reason why I come here is to ask if my parents is gonna get in trouble for me running away

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  • ccsmod7
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    Thanks for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline (NRS).

    It sounds like a very challenging situation. First off, we’re here 24/7 and you can call us at any time to talk through what you’re dealing with. We’re at 1-800-786-2929.
    Given your and your boyfriend’s age, your parents are your legal guardians until you’re 18. So the police would be looking for you to return you home. However, if you call us, we can work with you to call DHS to discuss further your case and what is currently the status. And maybe decide in conversation with DHS if it makes sense to return home.

    We can also find shelters for your in the area and discuss what rules they may have in terms of calling the police. Typically they will call your parents after a couple of days to inform them of where you are. If you discuss the abuse with the shelter, they are mandated reporters so they will report this to either DHS or the police.

    If you’d like to discuss your situation further or make some calls out to DHS or shelters in your area, please do not hesitate to call us at 800-786-2929. We’re here to help.
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