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    So I’m a 18 year old Indian kid with Indian parents. I have a amazing relationship with my girlfriend and my parents aren’t axcapting of it. I live in lower Alabama and was wondering if I run away at 18 what could my parents to do get me back home, could they by force or could the police bring me home by force? I’ve got everything planned on where to live and a job and all. Also would I be able to continue going to high school here? And could my parents or police force meant to go home, and is there any consequences for the person I’m living with?

  • #2
    Thank you for your bulletin post! We’re glad you’re reaching out to us because we are here to help! You asked some really great questions, which is a great first step in figuring out your options.

    While we aren’t legal experts, we can let you know that running away isn’t illegal, but in some cases can be considered a status offense. According to our records, the legal age of adulthood in Alabama is 19, which means that even though it isn’t against the law, because of your age, your parents could file a runaway report if you leave their house without permission. If they were to file that report and find where you are, they could involve the police to get you back home and may have the option to press charges against anyone that takes you in.

    In some cases, the police might not file a runaway report for someone so close to adulthood. An option to figure out if your local police station would file a runaway report is to call your local non-emergency number and anonymously ask. Checking with them might help you to decide your next step.

    You mentioned that you have your living situation and job planned, it’s great that you’ve put a lot of thought into this decision. If you wanted to talk through the plan you’ve made or discuss runaway reports, we are here to listen, and to help. If you wanted to, you could call our confidential and 24/7 hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929).

    Best of Luck
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

    National Runaway Safeline
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    • #3
      18 I ran from the group home in Alabama is it legal for them to come get me out of Florida
      Last edited by ccsmod4; 01-10-2019, 03:35 AM.

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      • #4
        Reply: 18 I ran from the group home

        Hello,
        Thanks for contacting the National Runaway Safeline.

        In Alabama the age of majority is 19. You may still be considered a ward of the state therefore if picked up it is possible you could be returned to Alabama child services.
        To get more information about your status you might consider contacting your case manager.
        NRS offers conference calling services. We would be glad to give you the opportunity to use this service for a three way conference call to your case manager.
        It would be best to contact NRS during normal business hours to utilze this service.
        If you would like to speak more about your situation, please contact 1-800-Runaway (786-2929) to inquire about this service.

        We look forward to hearing from you.

        Take Care,
        NRS

        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 youth and families. Please click the link to fill out our survey: Your Opinion Matters to Us
        Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

        National Runaway Safeline
        [email protected] (Crisis Email)
        1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

        Tell us what you think about your experience!
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        • #5
          My son is 12 and didnt away, but aggravated and said he was gonna walk somewhere in another city. (About 6 miles which we didnt take him seriously) when we went to leave we figured he was just outside hanging out or hiding from us to make us look for him. We looked and waited but he didn't come out. Finally a neighbor said he had walked out toward road.
          we drove the route to his destination but didnt see him. I had to get to work and was aggravated that he would go for this extreme walk knowing we didnt known he was really going or we would have said no.
          His stepmom drove the route a few more times and stopped in places to see if he had stopped anywhere. She wound up calling police because she had a panic attack.
          He walked up the drive at my home (his mother and his destination) a little while later looking hot and tired. We didnt punish him already bc I feel he understood the walk had been a bad idea. He didnt get in the car with anyone and when asked why we didnt see him he explained he was afraid to get near road so had stayed in ditch or along treeline far from road. Anyway my husband has since expressed disbelief that I was worried about being late for work instead of being worried he could have been kidnapped or killed. He says that may not being upset and calling the cops is child neglect. He's extremely agitated and is not sure he can forgive me for not having grief and anxiety. I was raised walking very often, we did it for fun because I grew up in the country with not much else to do. To me I just told myself he was 12 he's not a little child and that he's not dumb, I assumed he would be safe I was more agitated at the bad decision. Is it child neglect that I didn't call the cops when he was missing for 2 hours?

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          • ccsmod10
            ccsmod10 commented
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            Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you have a lot going on right now and it can be frustrating at times to deal with situation like this. First of all everyone deals with experiences differently just because you did not respond like your husband does not it mean that your emotional response is wrong. It takes a lot to reach out ask for help and it shows how much compassion you do have about the situation.

            Have you tried talking to your son about why is doing this and how it makes you feel. An option to consider could be to have a conversation with all parties involved and try to work on a solution that works for everyone. You could also trying calling Team Hope which offers first hand conversation with parents who have been through similar things. Team Hope can be contacted at 866-305-4673.

            We wish you the best luck and remember you can us 24/7 through our hotline 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

        • #6
          My friend is thinking of running away and living with my and my mom. She will be 18 soon and really wants to get out of her house. We live in Alabama. If her mom found her living with me what could she do? Also her mom pays for her car but if we get the title before she runs away would she be able to take it back?

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          • ccsmod15
            ccsmod15 commented
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            Hello there.
            Thanks for reaching out to us. We are glad your friend has you to support her through this challenging time. In the state of Alabama the age of majority or legal age of adulthood is 19. This means that she will be considered a minor until she is 19. Her legal guardian could contact the police and have them bring her back home. On top of that, whomever she stays with could potentially be at risk for being charged with harboring a runaway. Since we are not legal experts you could always reach out to your local police department's nonemergency number and ask them how they would handle the situation and what rights she has. We unfortunately can only respond to forums twice so if you would like to talk about this further please chat with us or call. Our number is 1800-RUNAWAY and you can access our chat at www.1800runaway.org.
            Take care,
            NRS

        • #7
          I live in alabama and I will be 18 in 4 months, I'm trying to run away to Arkansas, my only concern is will I still be hindered from doing things in Arkansas because technically I'm still a minor in Alabama until Im 19 and thats my home state. Or will I be okay because I'm in a different state

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          • ccsmod5
            ccsmod5 commented
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            Hi there,

            Thanks for reaching out to us, we hope to help as best we can. Normally when a youth travels to another state, legally they are still bound by the laws of the state where they are legal residents. Although, if you were to be in Arkansas they may treat you as a legal adult since you are within state borders. It might be helpful to contact a local police station in Arkansas through their non-emergency number and ask, or we can help you connect with a legal aid resource who may be able to help as well.
            Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).
            We hope to hear from you soon.

            Be safe,
            NRS

        • #8
          Hi I’m 18 years old, I’ve graduated highschool and I work two jobs. I wanted to know what would happen if I ran away I’m currently in a relationship w a girl who is 20. I am a girl as well I really just want to know if I ran away to her and lived with her what would happen to me legally and what could she face legally if anything at all

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          • ccsmod5
            ccsmod5 commented
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            Hi there,

            Thank you for reaching out, we hope to help as best we can. In the state of Alaska, once a youth turns 18 they are considered a legal adult which means that you can move out if you want to and you won’t be considered a runaway. As a legal adult, you have a right to make your own decisions about where you live. We can help you make a plan for how to deal with your situation and help you find resources to land on your feet. Having a plan for where you will live and how you will survive once you move out can be very helpful. Moving can be a huge step, and you don’t have to be alone. Some steps you can take towards independence might be to find employment if you don’t have an income, or to save up money for moving expenses. It can also be helpful to research rents in your area, find a roommate, or make a budget. Another thing you might want to consider is what kinds of things you depend on your parents for currently such as tuition expenses for school, or health insurance, and whether they would continue to provide those things after you leave. There may be social service agencies in your area that can help meet some of these needs, such as Transitional Living Programs, a kind of shelter where young adults can live and get services to help them transition to independent living. We are here to listen and help however we can.
            Overall, you have the right to choose where you want to live with no legal repercussions to you or who you’re staying with. 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 hope to hear from you soon.

            Be safe,
            NRS

        • #9
          I’m 18 and in dhr custody if I get married will they still have a say in what I do

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          • ccsmod5
            ccsmod5 commented
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            Hi there,

            Thanks for reaching out to us! In most states, even while being a ward of the state, youth are considered adults at 18. There may be some restrictions due to being in the states custody but rights to decide to get married we are no so sure of. Since we are not legal experts we can't give you a definitive answer. What we can do is help connect you with a legal counsel who can provide more accurate answers in regards to the law in your particular state. Please reach out to us via chat or phone call so we can further help! We look forward to hearing from you soon.

            Stay safe,
            NRS

        • #10
          If I get married and Graduate at 18 what can that state of Alabama do

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          • ccsmod15
            ccsmod15 commented
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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 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).
            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

        • #11
          i turn 18 in june, dhr in alabama arent treating us very well, they're passing me from home to home and I haven't done anything but follow their rule but that doesn't stop them. i have family that want custody of me but dhr is hell bent on keeping me in the system until I age out which is (21) I was wondering if on my 18th birthday if I could run away to WV with my home family the majority age is 18 up there, if I make it up there at 18 what can Alabama dhr do??

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          • ccsmod16
            ccsmod16 commented
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            Hi,
            Thanks for reaching out; we are glad that you did. We are very sorry to hear that Alabama isn't treating you well at all, and that they aren't letting you go to your family.
            We are not legal experts and can only speak to this generally, but if you are in a state where the age of majority is 18, we believe that Alabama can't force you back. You may want to ask your family members in WV to consult an attorney or google Legal Aid in their area, or perhaps call that state's CPS to find the correct answer.
            You can reach out to our live services for support in what you are going through right now. You can chat us through this website or call our hotline at 1-800-786-2929.
            Sincerely,
            NRS

        • #12
          My son is 18 and we live in Alabama but he still attends school can I report him a runnaway

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          • ccsmod15
            ccsmod15 commented
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            Hi,
            Thanks for reaching out; we are glad that you did. In the state of Alabama the age of majority or legal age of adulthood is 19. This means that he will be considered a minor until he is 19. His legal guardian could contact the police and have them bring him back home. On top of that, whomever he stays with could potentially be at risk for being charged with harboring a runaway. Since we are not legal experts you could always reach out to your local police department's nonemergency number and ask them how they would handle the situation and what rights he has. We unfortunately can only respond to forums twice so if you would like to talk about this further please chat with us or call. Our number is 1800-RUNAWAY and you can access our chat at www.1800runaway.org.
            Take care,
            NRS

        • #13
          HI,
          I am 17 soon to turn 18 and am undergoing mental abuse in my house. I want to leave however i wanted to wait until i am 18 if i stay until im 18 and still go to school can i be arrested at school and what can i do to prevent arrest or make sure that i can safley be out due to the fact of minor rules because i dont want to stay here until may and need to leave asap and already have a place to live and support i just want to make sure to do it right. If i technically drop out will he have any control over me?

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          • ccsmod2
            ccsmod2 commented
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            Hello There,



            Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. It takes great courage to reach out for help, and we are glad that you have decided to reach out to us. It sounds like you are going through a difficult time and we want you to know that you are not alone.

            What you have described seems abusive and we are sorry that you are having to go through that. You do not deserve to be treated that way, and you do have the right to file a report. One option would be to contact Child Help at: 1-800-422-4453, and they can help you file an abuse report. Also, if you’re able to, you can also talk to a teacher or school counselor about what is going on at home and they would be able to help with a report or discuss the options you have in regards to your home situation. Lastly, you can always call or chat with us and we would be able to help you make a report.

            In regards to running away, since you are considered a minor, if you do runaway your parent or guardian can contact the local police department and file a runaway report. When you are found you can possibly be returned to your home or be sent to a youth detention center. Keep in mind if you are found with an older adult, he/she can get in trouble with law enforcement for harboring a minor. Also, if you do leave the home when you turn 18 you won’t get in trouble because you are considered an adult.

            We hope that 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 available to you 24/7 to listen and to provide support through this challenging time.

            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.



            Best of luck!

            NRS
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