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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 seems there is a lot that you are faced with right now and you’re feeling like leaving is one of your only options.
    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 could look into your brother getting custody. Legal aid or the family court would be able to answer specific questions about that process.
    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 would like to look into further emotional support options, you can text with a crisis worker at the National Alliance on Mental Illness 24/7 by texting "NAMI" to 741741.
    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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    hello, I'm 14 years old and I wanted to know if I can move with my older brother whos 20 and my little brother who's 12 because we live in a really toxic house and kinda abusive home which we are tired of this so is it possible for my older brother to like be our guardian?

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  • ccsmod15
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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 parent's 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 parent. The second way is through Child Protective Services. In Illinois you can call 1-800-252-2873 to report abuse (or you can call us and we can do that for you). 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). You can also reach us through chat via our website: www.1800runaway.org.

    Be safe,

    NRS

    NRS

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    Hi I am 16 and will by 17 soon can I runaway to a family members house when I am 17 and not be forced to come back also I live in Illinois. My home life is so abusive but only to me and not to my brother so nobody sees anything wrong with it.

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hello Ros,
    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 forum 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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    Hello, my name is Ros & I'm 11. I kind of get pawned around between Florida & Hawaii. I'm not going to tell you my story, but I have family in Hawaii, Michigan, & Ohio. (Texas too, but that... Probably wouldn't be much better then my current situation.) Can I move out? I know my parents would never allow it.

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hello Violet,

    Thank you for reaching out to us. It sounds like you’re hoping to move in with your brother and you have some questions on whether this is legally allowed. Although we’re not legal experts, from what we understand, if you are considered a minor in your state or have a guardian assigned to you as an adult over the age of 18, you need the consent of a parent or legal guardian to live anywhere outside of your guardian’s care. If this is not the case, there is typically no legal reason that you would not be able to live with another relative. We encourage you to reach out to someone familiar with the laws of your state if you have any questions relating to your ability to live independently. Most states have local legal aid societies that can help you identify free or low-cost legal services.

    If you need help identifying local resources that can assist you, we encourage you to reach out by phone or chat. You can reach us 24/7 by phone at 1.800.RUNAWAY (786.2929) or by chat at our website https://www.1800runaway.org/ . We wish you the very best of luck. Stay safe!

    -NRS
    Last edited by ccsmod15; 08-30-2020, 10:39 PM.

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    Hi I am Violet . I am 23 years old and my brother is 29 years old . So i was planning to move in to my brothers house as he lives alone. So is ot legal to move in with my brother.

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hi there,

    Thanks so much for reaching out. It sounds like living with your parents can be really tough and sometimes scary. You do not deserve to be hurt or belittled by people who are supposed to love and care for you. We understand it takes a lot of courage to reach out, and we are glad you felt safe enough to ask for help.

    We are not legal experts when it comes to leaving home, but in most states, a youth must be 18 to be able to leave home without parent's or guardian's permission. It is not illegal to leave home, but parents and guardians are obligated to file runaway reports with the police. This means that if the police find you or you end up in police custody, you could be returned home. There are also harboring a runaway laws that make it so charges can be brought against whoever keeps runaway youth safe. From our general knowledge, these are not used very often.

    There are a couple of ways to not be returned home. One of them is filing an abuse report with your local child protective services. There is usually an investigation and your local child protective services may remove you from the home or offer your family resources. Police can help you make this report, or if you gave us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or give us a chat through our website https://www.1800runaway.org/ we could also help you file a report. There is also emancipation. Not every state has this route, and it can be a lengthy and expensive process. Along with the length, youth often have to prove they have a job and a means of living independently. If you gave us a call we could discuss this option with you further or see if there are any free to cheap legal resources in your area.

    We hope that by giving you this information you are able to make an informed decision that feels safe and accessible for you. If you need to discuss your options, create a plan, or are looking for any other resources, please do not hesitate to reach out at any time. We are open 24/7/365 and are completely confidential. We hope to hear from you soon!

    Best of luck,
    NRS

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    Can I live with my Brother? hi am 16 and I live on a farm with my mom and dad and Two of my brothers and I want to move with my 29 year-old brother because my dad hits me And my mom yells at me for no reason and that’s why I wanna move with my 29 year old bother.

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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 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.
    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. Your older brother could sit down with you and your mom and talk about maybe having you move in with him for a few weeks as a test run. The second way is through Child Protective Services if safety is a concern. Which it sounds like may be the case based on what you mentioned about your brother. 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.
    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 would like to look into further emotional support options, you can text with a crisis worker at the National Alliance on Mental Illness 24/7 by texting "NAMI" to 741741.
    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
    Greetings! I live in a not so legal household with a brother (21) whose done not appropriate things to me, and a mother (47?) whose not in a great mental state nor physical state, same thing with my brother. As a 11 year old I cannot live with this kinda crap, and I don’t feel comfortable here at all.. I’ve talked about it with my sister (1 And she can’t help me with such things but agrees that it isn’t a good place. My brother and mother also do not have jobs or cars, so I am forced to walk 30 minutes to my school everyday. My other brother (27?) Has offered for me to move in with him when he moves, I want to go but my mother doesn’t approve at all. What do I do?

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hi there, Thank you for reaching out to National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you have a lot going on with your family and we are here to support you. You deserve to be in a mutual, respectful relationship and it sounds like you get support from your brother which must be helpful. I am sure your brother appreciates your relationship but if your parents do not agree to you staying outside of your current home with them, the police can bring you back if you were to leave without their permission. We are here to support you here at NRS. If you would ever like help initiating a conversation with your parents, we can help facilitate that by creating a safe space with a conference call. We are also available to listen or chat as well and can be reached at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or www.1800runaway.org. Sometimes talking things out with someone can bring about solutions not previously thought of. Either way, we hope to hear from you. Best of luck, NRS

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    Guest replied
    Hi I am 15 going to be 16 in February, my brother is 27 and has his own family and I want to move in with them. My dad and mom never listen to me and are always being mentally abusive forcing everything on me, they also cause my depression. I feel like if I were to move out it would make me a lot happier but my mom wouldn’t let me.

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for taking the time to share your story on our bulletin board. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you with figuring out your next steps in this difficult situation. Asking for help was really responsible and smart of you. We are sorry to hear things are so stressful at home. Emotional abuse is not okay and you do not deserve to be talked down to like that. You deserve to live somewhere that makes you feel safe and supported and it sounds like that could be with your brother.

    From what you mentioned it sounds like you were taken out of your parents' custody for some time and you were recently placed back with them. If your parents are your legal guardians then they do get to decide where you live.

    It can be difficult to communicate your needs with parents particularly when they are unwilling to listen. Sometimes having an adult on your side to advocate for you can help your voice to be heard. A good place to start might be talking more with your brother about you living with him long term. If he knows what you want and need, he can better work with you to improve your situation. If you had a caseworker from when you were in foster care, perhaps your brother can contact that person to ask about how they can support you.

    Additionally, there is an organization called Child Help that advocates for young people in unsafe and abusive living situations. They can explore your options for having a trusted adult or a social worker intervene to help you.

    Please do not hesitate to reach out 24/7 by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or use our live chat services at www.1800runaway.org.

    Stay safe,
    NRS
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