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  • #46
    Hi im 17 years old turning 18 in 8 months my mother tricked me into coming to Florida for vacation turns out she's keeping me here to start new but I don't want to be here I want to go back to New York I was planning to live with my boyfriend who is 19 i was wondering if I was to leave Florida and get back to New York would I or my boyfriend get into problems with the law/cops

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      ccsmod9 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. 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

  • #47
    Hi im 17 i turn 18 in 3 months and i have been always having constant argues with my mom and dad about things that i didnt even do, my mom is the type to manipulate and lie to get whats she wants , we got in a big fight this morning about somethhing that happened yesterday and my mom told me i can leave and nevrr come back for anything she has my phone car keys and wont give them back the car is under my name shes just a co signer i bought it cash she just had to co sign because im a minor and she kept arguing more and more about it and my step dad gotbin the middle of it and slapped me in the face and thats when i felt i needed to go so i got my stuff i wanted to take to go somehwere i felt safe , now shes saying shell call the cops if i leave im stuck idk what to do ??

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      ccsmod15 commented
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      Thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you’ve been going through such a tough time and that sounds so stressful to have those arguments going on at home. We want you to know that you do not deserve to be hit. We are here to support you and help you in any way we can.

      We’re not legal experts here at NRS. Generally it’s not illegal to leave home, but your parents could file a runaway report, the police could get involved, and they could bring you home. The people you’re staying with could potentially get in trouble for having you stay there. Some police departments don’t accept runaway reports for 17 year olds, but the policies may vary by each department. You could consider calling your local nonemergency police department to ask about their policies. We also have legal aid resources here if you have specific questions about the laws in your state.

      Also, if you haven’t already, you could consider reporting the things going on at home. If you want more information about reporting or if you want to file a report, you could call Child Help at 1-800-422-4453 or you could call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929) or chat with us online. We also want you to know that if you ever feel that you are in danger, you could call 911 for immediate help.

      If you haven’t already, you could consider reaching out to a trusted adult, relative, worker/teacher/counselor at your school for help and support. You could also consider talking to your parents about how you’ve been feeling or having another trusted adult help you talk with them. Just so you’re aware, we have a conference calling service here where we could help mediate a conversation between you and your parents.

      It sounds like all of your struggles are making you consider leaving home. If you do decide to leave home, you could consider thinking about ways to make sure you stay safe. You could explore ways you would get food, shelter, clothing and other necessary things. You could think about how long you would stay away, where you would stay, and what things would be like when you return. You could consider what you would do if had an emergency.

      There are also many resources that could help you with anything else you may need. If you want to talk more about what’s been going on, or if you would like more information about resources, you can call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929) or chat with us online.

      Again, thank you for contacting us. It sounds like you’ve been going through a really hard time, but you’ve shown a lot of strength by working through these challenges and reaching out for help. If you ever need anything in the future, please feel free to call us or chat with us online. We’re always here to listen and here to help.

  • #48
    Can you go to Florida if you run away from Michigan when your 17 I just need to know the legal issues when I'm in Florida

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    • ccsmod7
      ccsmod7 commented
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      Hi there, thanks for reaching out. It's smart to ask questions like these.

      Unfortunately, we are not legal experts and can only speak generally. Michigan does have a law that makes it so 17 year olds can often leave home and their guardians can not report them as a runaway. However, at 17 you are still considered a minor rather than a legal adult. If you left home and moved to Florida, you would generally still be considered a minor until you turn 18. However, your guardians cannot generally report you as a runaway in Florida rather than Michigan. So in summary, if your local police do not accept a runaway report for you, you wouldn't be able to be listed as a runaway in Florida, but you are still considered a minor and it would be hard for you to do things like rent an apartment.

      Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org. We’re here to listen and to help.

      Take care,

      NRS

  • #49
    I’m 17 (turning 18 in 4 months) and I live in Florida. My mom and I have been getting into it for a while now. I do everything for her. She won’t even drive to the store to get food for my little siblings. I honestly don’t know what would happen if I wasn’t here. She’s threatening to take away my schooling (I’m a Senior doing dual enrollment at my local college.) I have a place to stay at my grandmas. I don’t have a job currently because it’s hard to get a job during summer apparently and my dad is on board with me moving out but he’s not my legal guardian because he lives in a different state. Could my grandma get in trouble for me living there even if my dad approves and she’s okay with it?

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    • ccsmod7
      ccsmod7 commented
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      Hello thank you for contacting us with your issue.

      Were sorry that it’s gotten to the point where your mom is threatening to take away your college funding. Sadly if you were to leave home without your mother’s consent, she could file a runaway report. Which means if the cops were to find you, most likely be returned home. Additionally your mom has the option to press charges, which is misdemeanor for harboring a runaway which can cause a fine. At NRS we are not legal experts, call a legal services if you have more questions on the subject. Have you considered having a conversation with your grandma about the situation? At NRS we offer a conference call feature which allows you to talk to you mother with you and your grandmother on the phone, and this can allow your grandma to speak for you.

      If you still have any lingering question give us a call at 1800-RUNAWAY or chat us at www.1800runaway.org so we can help you further.

      Best of luck,

      NRS

  • #50
    Hello,
    Im 17, and I’m just curious on what the laws in Florida are on “runaways” that are close to being 18.
    As far as the relationship with my mother... it’s very emotionally torturing. she tells me that i’m hard to live with, and that she wants me out of her house, but then refuses to let me leave. I’m honestly just confused on what to do?

    Will my fiancé’s family got in trouble for housing me?
    Will I get in trouble for leaving?

    Thank you for your time.

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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 can be tough having a difficult relationship with your mother and it also seems confusing how she wants you to leave but then won’t allow you to leave.
      We are not legal experts but we do have general information on the laws. If you were to leave home before being 18 your legal guardian does have the right to file a runaway report. If the police do find you they most likely would bring you back home.
      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 provide support. Best of luck!
      NRS

  • #51
    Trying to get information for my step daughter she is 17 will be 18 march 18th this year and she doesn't feel safe at home for the last 6 month and she is talking about running to run away she wants to come live me. She is still in high school we live in fl she is in Polk county and I'm in sumter county fl is she allowed to move out without her parents consent

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    • ccsmod10
      ccsmod10 commented
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      Hi there,

      You mentioned wanting to know if your step daughter can leave home before turning 18. The easiest way to leave home is with her legal guardians permission. We understand that might be challenging, however, maybe there’s another family member, such as yourself who could help to communicate how she is feeling to her legal guardian. The second way is through Child Protective Services if safety is a concern. Child help 1-800-422-4453 can be a great resource for more questions 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 think she would consider.

      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

  • #52
    I live in Florida and I turn 18 in December. I’m not in any physical danger living with my mom and step dad however i am unhappy living with them. If I run away, will I be forced to come back home?

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    • ccsmod15
      ccsmod15 commented
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      Hi there,

      We're sorry you aren't happy living at home with your mom and stepdad. As for running away: if you leave without permission your parents can file a runaway report on you and anyone you stay with could be accused of harboring a runaway, which is a misdemeanor. Typically, police will not actively search for runaway youth, though if your parents know where you are they can request the police to visit that location and they would try to return you to your parents. But we can't say for sure exactly what would happen. Some police districts don't take runaway reports for 17 year-old's. You could always call your local police non-emergency number and ask them how they might handle the situation.

      We'd like to discuss this further with you and see how we can help. The best way for us to do that is if you give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat with us via www.1800ruanway.org. We are confidential, by the way, so it's a safe place to talk about this sort of thing.

      Stay safe,
      NRS

  • #53
    Hi I’m 16 currently 17 April 4th in Florida I do online school graduating in may I have a job I work all the time to not h home but when I do I have to clean and do this and that for my dad and it still isn’t good enough I get constantly threatened by him he has put his hands on me however he let me date a 21 year old he’s met him even wanted him to work for him but if I work to late or something while school is out due to circumstances with the virus he still flips out and starts threatening to press charges on him if I were to run away and live with him I wouldn’t b in danger at all I’d be a lot happier less stressed and in a better place and wouldn’t have to pay nearly as much as I would for my dad and would my dad still collet the disability he earns for me or could I petition for it to b sent to me ? Become it’s meant for me and he gets child support but I support myself right now I don’t eat at home I’m never there I buy my clothes and everything and I pay him my money so how would this go about if I did run away would my boyfriend get in trouble? Could I get my disability so I can use it for me ?

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      ccsmod3 commented
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      Thank you for reaching out to us. 18 years old is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian. We are not legal experts here but we can speak in general terms. If you are under 18 and leave home without permission, your parent/guardian may file a runaway report with the police. What actions the police take once you are filed as a runaway can vary a lot from state to state and even city to city so we cannot predict exactly what would happen in your case. Generally speaking, if you encounter a police officer while reported as a runaway, you will likely be returned home. However, in that case there may be services (family counseling, etc.) available to you as a youth in crisis/runaway but again, police procedures related to offering those services can be different based on your location or the details of your situation. Another thing to consider is that while running away is not a crime, a legal adult who allows you to stay with them may be putting themselves at risk for being charged with harboring a runaway. One way to find out the laws in your area is to call your local police and ask what their policies are regarding runaway youth.You can also call us 24/7 at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) if you need to talk.

  • #54
    I’m 17 and only 4 months away from 18. In Miami dade county do the police take in run away reports even though I’m close to the legal age? I’ve never done anything like this before and my parents keep telling me that they can’t wait till I leave because I somehow (though I do nothing but go to school and come home) make their life a nightmare. What are their possibilities to have me return home if I’m not in danger, am so close to 18, and have found a sustainable place to live ?

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      ccsmod13 commented
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      Hi there,

      Thank you for taking the time to write us a post on our Bulletin. 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 your parents have been treating you so unfairly and have been making home feel a tense environment. You deserve to live somewhere that makes you feel safe and supported.

      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. Now, if your parents do not report you as a runaway then police would not intervene to force you back 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. Sometimes having an adult advocate on your side can make communicating your needs more effective to your parents. Perhaps an adult family member or a friend's parent can talk to your parents with you about your experience at home and the possibility of you leaving.

      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.

  • #55
    I'm 17 going to be 18 in 3 months. I am heavily abused at home and though child protective services have been called they won't do anything. My mom beats me and starves me to the point you can physically see my pelvic bones normally. My dad sometimes assists her and I have a plan for when i turn 18 to leave the state to somewere i know will be safe and have good schools for what i am persueing for my future. When i brought it up i was told that i couldn't leave until they got disability for my younger brother who is low end autistic. then beat up. i am mixed so the bruises don't show on my skin when i get them. If i leave within the next few days and run away of my own free will can anything be done to force me to return? I don't feel safe here and the police threaten to arrest me if i call them when getting beat up. my friend in another state has been the one providing me with as much food as their budget can afford.

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      ccsmod3 commented
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      Thank you for reaching out to us.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.

      18 years old is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian. We are not legal experts here but we can speak in general terms. If you are under 18 and leave home without permission, your parent/guardian may file a runaway report with the police. What actions the police take once you are filed as a runaway can vary a lot from state to state and even city to city so we cannot predict exactly what would happen in your case. Generally speaking, if you encounter a police officer while reported as a runaway, you will likely be returned home. However, in that case there may be services (family counseling, etc.) available to you as a youth in crisis/runaway but again, police procedures related to offering those services can be different based on your location or the details of your situation. Another thing to consider is that while running away is not a crime, a legal adult who allows you to stay with them may be putting themselves at risk for being charged with harboring a runaway. One way to find out the laws in your area is to call your local police and ask what their policies are regarding runaway youth.

      Please reach out soon so that we may offer support and resources to you. Our number is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929).
      Last edited by ccsmod3; 03-28-2020, 04:01 AM.

  • #56
    17 in Florida I’m pregnant and living with my boyfriend I need my birth certificate and my social for prenatal care but my dad won’t give them to me unless I go back home Since I was reported as a runaway I don’t want to go back home I feel unsafe there what can I do

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    • ccsmod8
      ccsmod8 commented
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      Hello there –

      Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to reach out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline and posting on our public forum. By helping you during your crisis, hopefully there are other youth that are in similar situations can read this for help as well. Reading your post, we can see that you have very similar questions to a lot of our callers and you’re looking for some answers. Hopefully we can help.

      Now this is not something that we normally deal with, so our knowledge on the subject is very limited. Each state has its own set of rules and fees for ordering certified birth certificate and other records. Rules, ordering instructions and fees for all 50 states, the District of Columbia and all other U.S states can be found here (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm). Perhaps you can get in touch with your local county clerk’s office and they might be able to tell you a more solid answer on what is acceptable to obtain your birth certificate and replacement Social Security Card. Sometime according to the Department of Health’s Office of Vital Records website it looks like a siblings, parents, or grandparents could request your birth certificate if requesting it on your own is not an option. This depends on which city and state you are from, so trying looking up the Department of Health’s Office of Vital Records for your state (https://www.vitalchek.com/). Hopefully either you have another family member willing to help you get your birth certificate and/or other identification. You also might be able to reach out to your school or talk to someone in admissions if you are still going to school, they might have a copy of your birth certificate on record from when you registered in school the first time.

      An agency that might be able to help you future with getting in touch with prenatal care or pregnancy services would be “Planned Parenthood” (https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/pregnancy). Maybe reaching out to them might help locate other resources that you can access.

      Hope that this was helpful! If you need more help, don’t be afraid to reach out to us.

  • #57
    I am 17 years old and i will turn 18 in april and i want to move in with my boyfriend can i legally do that without my guardians consent?

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    • #58
      17 in Florida 18 in 7 months can I runaway without getting in trouble

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      • ccsmod13
        ccsmod13 commented
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        Hi there,

        Thank you for taking the time to contact us here at NRS. While we are not legal, experts we can speak generally on this. If you leave home without permission from your parents as a minor (before turning 1, they can report you as a runaway to the police. Running away is not illegal, but it is a status offense. This means your parents can ask police to return you home if you are found. Now, there is not a universal way that police handle runaway reports. In some cases, police may be more lenient with someone who is close to turning 18 and they might not for you home. You can call your local police department's non-emergency line to speak with an officer about this. Helpful questions to ask are if they would even take a runaway report for you and if they would force you home if you have a safe place to stay.

        We hope this information helps! If you have any more questions or you would like to talk more about your situation, please do not hesitate to reach out again. We are available 24/7 for immediate support by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or through live chat services at 1800runaway.org.

        Take care,
        NRS
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