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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 your girlfriend is faced with right now and you’re feeling like her leaving is one of her only options. It seems you want to know some information on runaway laws. You can pass along the following information to her.
    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. 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.
    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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    Hi, I'm a 16 year old in South Carolina. My girlfriend is 17 and turns 18 in about 7 months. She suffers a verbally abusive relationship from her parents and I fear her physical safety as well (though they've never physically harmed her). She's constantly called a disappointment and is even told crude things such as she's "going to die alone." Her and I both have a job in grocery and are saving a lot of money and we both have our driver's licenses. Her grades are excellent however they're beginning to go down due to the excessive stress put on her at home. She's given too many responsibilities such as taking care of her ill grandma, dog, brother, is forced to go to bed at 10, and is always busy no matter what while her parents work most of the time. She's not even allowed to have a phone anymore because they think I'm the issue. I've done nothing wrong yet her parents hate me but my family loves her and would gladly take her in. A lot of research has showed me that her moving out would likely end up in her also being forced back home or worst comes to worst they file a restraining order on me. Could she or myself possibly defend the situation to police with whats going on? I know that she would do much better in school and would mentally start to climb up again and be happier, but there's little that I can do about the neglect and verbal abuse she faces. Her mental state is gradually declining even leading to self deprivating thoughts and acts yet when she talks to her mom about moving out or being unhappy with the situation she gets laughed at or told its just a phase. They don't believe in anxiety or any following disorders like that. They've given her verbal consent to leave but I have no proof besides what I've been told. What do I do and can she move in with me 7 months from being 18? Would police or a family court see these reasons as valid? And lastly would her life or my parents lived be negatively impacted by this (harboring a minor/runaway and running away in general)?

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  • ccsmod15
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    Thanks for reaching back out, if your parents have shared custody it is likely that police will let you stay with your dad until there is a court order siding with your mom. It might be good to confirm this with a legal expert in your state, or with your father who should have access to custody paperwork to see if there are other potential issues.
    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

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    Guest replied
    They have shared custody. Would they still make me come home?

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  • ccsmod15
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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.
    Generally it is a status offence to run away and leave your mom’s without permission. Since you would be going to your dad’s house as long as he has custody it shouldn’t be an issue and police would likely allow you to stay with your dad. If however, your mom has full custody its possible police would make you go back to your moms and your dad could get harboring a runaway charges against him.
    If you have more questions 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

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    Guest replied
    I’m 17 and wanting to move out of my moms in South Carolina to live with my dad in West Virginia. do you think they’ll bring me back to my moms?

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  • ccsmod6
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    Hello and thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. While we are not legal experts, we do have a great deal of experience working with runaways. It is not illegal to run away. Your parent/guardian could file a runaway report on you but this would NOT mean that you would get arrested or charged with anything. It typically does mean that the police could return you home if they encountered you and that would be that. Some police can be more understanding about what is going on at your home. In our experience, police will oftentimes return the youth back to their guardian almost no matter what. Police typically do not actively search for a runaway youth. However, they will go where the parent/guardian directs them if they know where you are staying. Additionally, police can sometimes be more lenient about runaway situations the closer you are to 18. You can attempt to calmly, respectfully, and persistently deny them consent to touch you or take you anywhere, and they may give up on trying to return you home. They also may not, in which case you should comply with what they tell you to do for your safety.

    If you want to talk more specifically or in depth about your situation, please give us a call at 1-800-786-2929 or chat with us at 1800runaway.org.

    Take care,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    hey,im 17 and i live in south carolina,I want to move out of my house and live my freinds,can i do this without consent from my parents?
    Can they force me to move back home?

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hello,

    Thank you for contacting us here at NRS. While we are not legal experts, we can speak generally on this. You are legally responsible for your daughter until she turns 18, however; you can consent to a safe alternative living arrangement. If you are okay with your daughter living with her brother in NY then you are able to give your permission for her to do so.

    If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out again. We are available 24/7 by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or through live chat services 1800runaway.org.

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    Guest replied
    My daughter in 17 and we live in SC. She wants to go back to NY to live with her brother and Im am fine with that but is it legal?

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  • ccsmod13
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for taking the time to write us here at NRS. From what you shared it sounds like home has been a significant source of stress and it has become very overwhelming. You deserve to live somewhere you feel safe and supported.

    Generally speaking, your legal guardian does have the final say in where you live until you turn 18. If you leave without permission from your grandma, she does have the option of reporting you to the police as a runaway. Running away is not illegal, but it is a status offense. You would not get into any legal trouble, but your name would get flagged by police as a runaway. This means that if you come into contact with law enforcement, they would likely arrange for you to be returned home. Now, there is not a universal way that police handle runaway reports. In some areas, police do not consider an individual a runaway at 17. If this is the case for where your grandma is then they would not intervene to return you home. You can anonymously call the non-emergency line for the local or county police department to ask about their runaway protocol.

    If there is any abuse or neglect at home, you do have the option of reporting this to child protective services. There is an organization called Child Help that advocates for young people in abusive or unsafe situations. You can contact them at 1-800-422-4453 or go to childhelp.org to learn more about the reporting process and how a social worker might help.

    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.

    Stay safe,
    NRS

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    Guest replied
    I have alot of things going on in my life right now I no longer want to stay with my grandma i would like to move somewhere n go live with a family member my Grandma has custody of me but you wouldnt belive the stuff I go through I promise its extreme I'm not gonna write my name or anything but on my 17th birthday I'm thinking about leaving south Carolina to live with a family member every body is telling me the police can't make you go back home but like what are the police gonna do come to another state and say you need to return home they cant do that right? If I tell them I'm trying to better my self to be successful in life I'm gonna get a job n start doing stuff that would make me a better person I dont have any thing down in south Carolina plz respond asap I'll be looking but can I get introuble for running away? Could you ask someone or figure out if that would be ok I dont stay with my mom or dad my grandma has custody my whole life has been hell n I'm just ready to better my self. I turn 17 soon

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  • ccsmod9
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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
    Hello. I am 17 years old and I live in Tennessee. Could I legally move to South Carolina without being forced to go back home?

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  • ccsmod1
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. We are here 24/7 to listen and to support.

    We're sorry to hear about what has been going on with your friend and want them to know that they deserve to feel safe and happy in their home. We are not legal experts, but generally speaking if they run away while they are still a minor, their parent or guardian could file a runaway report and they could be returned home. There also could be legal consequences for you and your girlfriend for what is called harboring a minor. Options you have would be to call out to the local police in their area and inquire about how the police handles runaway reports. Some treat them differently for 17 year olds because they are so close to being considered a legal adult. They could also treat it differently if they find your friend but they report abuse. The way to get the most accurate information would be to reach out to them directly. We can be reached at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) if you want to walk through this option or if you need help finding that local non-emergency number.

    They also have the right and the option to report the abuse. If there is an abuse report on file, that could also effect how them leaving could be treated. If they want to look into that they can call out to Child Help at 1-800-422-4453. They help with abuse reporting and also talking youth through their rights as minors.

    Good luck, and let us know if we can help more.

    NRS

    We hope this response was helpful! We’d love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis 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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/we_care_what_you_think

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