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  • #16
    I’m 16 turning 17 in 3 weeks if i move out of my house and stay with my friend without my parents permission will my friends parents or i get in trouble?

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    • ccsmod13
      ccsmod13 commented
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      Hi there,

      Thanks for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. While we are not legal experts, we can speak generally on this. Leaving home without permission is not illegal so you would not get into any legal trouble. But it is a status offense so your parents can report you as a runaway to the police. This means they can ask police to return you home if they know where you are staying. There is a possibility of whoever you stay with being charged with harboring a runaway. From what we know this is not very common and it is unlikely as long as that person does not lie to the police about you staying with them.

      Some police departments are more lenient with this, and do not enforce runaway reports or harboring charges for someone who is close to turning 18. You can try calling the local police department's non-emergency line to anonymously ask if they would take a runaway report for someone your age or force you back home.

      We hope this information helps. 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

  • #17
    I want to move in with my boyfriend who is 18 we have been dating for 3 years I want to leave my house because my house hold is effecting me emotional hand physically would I have to come back if I ran away to his house it’s safer environment and he had a job to support us till I can get one

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    • ccsmod0
      ccsmod0 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.
      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.
      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

  • #18
    I’m 16 and live in Florida, I live with my uncle because my dad is an addict and my mom is currently in rehab, however recently my uncle has been really mean to me and I’m just not happy he constantly threatens to send me away and I was wondering if I left home for a day, could he do anything about it because he told me if I left without asking he would call the cops.

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    • ccsmod16
      ccsmod16 commented
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      Hi, thanks for reaching out. It sounds like you are going through a very difficult time with both of your parents effected by substance use. And living with your uncle being mean and him threatening to call the cops if you leave makes it all harder. It is understandable that you don’t feel happy.
      If you did leave, maybe a not saying when you would be back would help. If he does call the police and they see the note, they may not do anything. Sometimes it all depends on the individual officer responding.
      To talk further about this situation, and discuss the possibilities and options more deeply, please reach out to one of our live services. You can live chat through www.1800runaway.org or call our hotline at 1-800-786-2929 (1-800-RUNAWAY
      We hope to hear from you soon.
      NRS

  • #19
    Hello, I am 17 years old and would like to know what my rights are to moving out of my house. Unfortunately, I live in a very mentally and emotionally abusive home where I am constantly being yelled at and questioning if I am even good enough for this world because I am constantly being treated like I am stupid and know nothing. The good news is that I have multiple people to go and live with them though I don’t want anyone to get in trouble or to get arrested. So what are my rights for moving out at 17 years old and also I a chronic illness as well and I know that I can’t afford myself Medically. So what do I do about that. I would appreciate if you could answer this soon. Btw I live in Florida.

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    • ccsmod1
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      Hey there,

      Thanks so much for reaching out and sharing a little bit about what’s been going on, we know that it takes a lot of courage. It must be really hard to live in a home with so much tension. Running away is a big decision and it can be very stressful to figure out what you want to do.

      We aren’t legal experts here at NRS, but generally speaking, if you do opt to leave your home your parents can file a runaway report, which is essentially a missing person report. Running away is a status offense; this means that it isn’t illegal, but it’s something you can’t do while still a minor. If a runaway report is filed and you are located by the authorities you will most likely be returned home. You mentioned a worry about some of your supports being arrested if you stay with them and there is a misdemeanor called harboring a runaway. Penalties for harboring a runaway vary from state to state, police officer to officer, and how your parents views the situation.

      You stated that you have thoughts of not being good enough for the world and that raises some concern. You deserve to be here and deserve to be happy and fulfilled. We care a lot about your safety, and we can help you find resources that can help you cope with these feelings. You do not have to face this alone, and there is so much help out there for you. If you are thinking about hurting yourself, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline could be a good resource for you. You can check them out at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/, or you can call 1-800-273-8255 for help and support any time.

      If you’d like to go over what’s going on in depth, or if you’d like to explore other options that you may have available to you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. You can also chat us by clicking on the “CHAT” button on top of our homepage. We’re open 24/7 and here to listen and support you in any way we can.

      Stay safe,
      NRS

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  • #20
    hi i am a 16 year old girl in florida and i turn 17 in may. plenty of my friends parents are willing to let me stay with them but im not sure if they would necessarily get a guardianship over me. my dad is emotionally, and verbally abusive to me. and he threatens to be physical to me as well. he screams that he will have me move back with my mother, but he is the one who got custody over me since she was abusing me and she abuses drugs almost everyday. would i be able to leave and live with a friend or a friends parents without the law bringing me back home or getting my friends parents in trouble? i cant stand to live here anymore. i thought i could make it until i was 18 but i really cant handle him anymore.

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    • ccsmod15
      ccsmod15 commented
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      Hello,

      You mentioned some things that raise concern for your safety and well-being. If any harm or abuse is happening at home, you have the right to report it. We are not experts on the issue, but generally once it's been reported, social services will either decide whether or not to take the case and further investigate. If they do take the case, they will send out someone from child protective services to do an investigation (interviewing people in the household) and from there they will decide the level of danger within the household. It generally ranges from no danger (the youth stays in the home, some services are given, and the case is closed), moderate danger (they will provide family services with possible temporary displacement) and high danger (they will remove the youth from the home and offer certain services).
      If you feel like this is an option you want to explore, you may find this website helpful: https://www.childhelp.org/child-abuse/. We can also help you to file a report if that’s the route you are considering.
      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.
      Please be safe and reach out soon by phone or chat so that we may help.
      Take care,
      NRS

  • #21
    i'm 16 going to be 17 in december 2020, my parents are emotionally and sometimes physically abusive and i want to be emancipated without their permission. i'm eligible for early graduation and they won't let me, they found out i've been using the car without permission and cut up my license and my father hit me in the face and left a bruise. i have a 3.7 gpa and a job. can i get emancipated without their consent?

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    • ccsmod6
      ccsmod6 commented
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      Hello and thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. We are sorry to hear that you are in a household that does not sound like a safe place for you. You deserve to be treated with kindness and respect, especially in your own home. It is inappropriate for your dad to hit you and it could be considered abuse. If you would like to know more about the reporting process or if you would like to make a report, we recommend reaching out to the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453. It also may be a good idea to document any evidence of physical abuse if you do intend on making a report.

      While we are not legal experts, we do have a great deal of experience working with runaways. It is our understanding that the laws for emancipation vary from state to state. While it is usually much easier to get emancipated with parental consent, it is not impossible without it. If you wanted to find out more about emancipation in your state, it would be a good idea to reach out to your local county court over the phone and ask them what the procedure for getting emancipated is. You can also give us a call and we can look through our information for emancipation in your state.

      If you are interested in asking us any further questions or talking about anything else, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-786-2929 or chat with us at 1800runaway.org.

      Take care,
      NRS

  • #22
    I am a 17 year old girl and I already pay for everything on my own; insurance, car payments, phone bill, food, gas, clothes. If I were to leave my house and my parents call the cops, would the owner of the house that I would now be staying at get in trouble (if they “don’t know I’ve left my house” and they believe I’m just staying the night for a few nights)?Im hardly ever home as is, the only reason they (my parents) want to to continue to stay home is so I can do things for them. Also, can cops come and force me back into my house?

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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. 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

  • #23
    I was wanting to know if my adopted mom kicked me out 17 months ago and my adopted father didn’t do anything he just let it happen she knows that I’m living with my birth mom and she won’t help get me to the Dr. I’m behind on my shots I got a tooth infection and the Dr. said it can kill me so I called DCF to get my real mom some kind of rights DCF knows what my adopted mom has done to me how can I get help I don’t feel safe with her I want to stay with my real mom I know I safe here
    Last edited by ccsmod4; 10-23-2020, 06:36 AM.

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    • ccsmod4
      ccsmod4 commented
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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. It sounds like you contacted DCFS about your situation. Good for you. You might consider contacting them again about information on transferring custody rights to your mom so she can make decisions such as health care for you since your mother is neglecting her parental duties. Another option is to try and ask your adopted father to see that you get to the Dr. and dentist.

      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).

      Take care,
      NRS

  • #24
    Hi I just turned 17, my mom is extremely mentally ani’s I’ve to all of my siblings. It’s worse for me because I came out a little while ago as being bisexual and she’s not supportive. Now I have a girlfriend so it’s worse. She’s also trying to force me onto birth control and I’m refusing. She’s threatening to wipe out my phone tomorrow. She has also been saying that when I turn 18 I’m going to get kicked out of the house and will have tomgraduate high school living else where. ,y girlfriend said i can live with her and so did my best friend. Obviously I would get a job and lay some sort of rent but I have no idea how much trouble I could get in with the law enforcement of my mom chose to say I’m a runaway. Also I live in citrus county Florida and I don’t know how the police handle runaways

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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. 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

  • #25
    Im 17 ill be 18 in about 11 months i was wondering if i could leave and stay with a friend or something as my parents constantly are callin me a piece of ******** and that ill never amount to anything and ill always be a nothing. When i have a job that im holding down im doing school getting A’s and B’s and i just can stay at home anymore its to much for one person to handle

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    • ccsmod6
      ccsmod6 commented
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      Thanks so much for reaching out to NRS! It sounds like you are not feeling supported at home and are considering leaving. It must be challenging to maintain a job, do well in school and meet your parents' expectations. We're glad you reached out.



      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.



      You still have options and resources available that we would be happy to talk through with you. To talk more about your situation, feel free to reach out via 1-800-RUNAWAY or via chat at 1800runaway.org. We are available 24/7.



      We hope to hear from you soon,

      NRS

  • #26
    hi i am 17 years old and lately ive had some issues with my parents everything that i had to work for, they try taking it. I dont want to be in this house no more my parents literally still treat me like a child they still send me to bed at 9:30 and 30 minutes later on the weekend they try taking my phone that bought myself and never lets me outside they ground me for years at a time thy set cameras up in my room they make me sit outside in this cold room every day of school i hate it when i cry to them for help they make it my fault i want to get emancipated but my mom is making it sound worser than what it seems. My father and her split up and its just so hard to deal with ive had multiple suicide attempts but i try to turn it around and think maybe the next day it will change. ive had this one boyfriend and they manipulated the situations between him and me to make us break
    up. i cant stay here no more this is cry for help

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      ccsmod2 commented
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      hank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand that it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you telling us a little bit about what has been going on. It sounds like you are experiencing a really tough time. It must be frustrating to not have any independence or sense of privacy. You deserve to have your privacy and time to yourself, as being a teenager can be tough. We would like to commend you for securing a job and supporting yourself, as it can be difficult to do so with the pandemic going on. In relation to school, you may like to consider reaching out to your teacher for extra assistance with your assignments. We also understand that dealing with parental separation can be tough to go through alone. You may want to consider having a conversation with your parents about how the separation has been affecting you. If you do not feel comfortable with doing so, you may also like to consider reaching out to a counselor or therapist to discuss your concerns about your parents separating and your mental health.



      The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a toll-free hotline that you can call when you are feeling overwhelmed, distressed, or thinking about killing yourself. You can also chat with them online if you prefer to do so at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org. The telephone number is 1-800-273-8255.



      In regards to potentially becoming emancipated, we want to inform you that we are not legal experts, however we can provide you with a general sense of how emancipation works. Laws vary depending on your location, but in many states a minor can petition the court for emancipation to take responsibility for their own care before they turn 18. Generally speaking, courts are cautious about granting emancipation. In most cases, you would have to prove in court that you have an income and can care for yourself financially, and that you are able to live separately from your parents. The court will also factor in the mental and physical welfare of your parents in order to establish your best interest. Usually your legal guardian would have to agree to this in court. Once you are emancipated, you can legally choose where you live, but you might still find that you cannot sign a lease or build credit until you turn 18. If you would like further information on the emancipation process feel free to contact us directly at our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our live chat service.



      We are here as support to help through this challenging time. We can best help you by telephone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice on the forum to assist you. If you would like to talk more in detail, please call or chat us soon.

      We can be reached at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).

      If you are at risk or any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.

      Be safe,

      NRS

  • #27
    im 17 and recently ive been having soo much problems with my adoptive parents and im soo tired of beig mentally and emotionally abused... even more so now that i rejected their religion.. i turn 18 in 6 weeks.. can i just leave. i have friends who told me to live with them and they could help me out but i don't want any legal troubles for them.. and im a the point that if i don't leave im gonna end up killing my self because i can't take it anymore more and im just soo tired and exhausted and my mind is tearing me apart.. can i just leave?

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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 on our public forum. We are always here to listen and here to help in any way that we can.

      Now we aren't legal experts here and you might have already read on this forum thread about what could happen if you were to leave home before the age of majority. So we won’t get into that since you can find it fairly easily.

      It sounds like you might some specific questions that you want to ask us, look for some safe places nearby, or maybe find a place to vent about what you are feeling right now. It’s hard to talk to just anyone one about what has been going on. Please rest assured that we are completing confidential. So anything that you share with us will stay between us. We don’t ask for any identifying information, unless you want to report any abuse. You can chat with us by going to our website (www.1800runaway.org) and clicking on "chat".

      We certainly want to help you.

  • #28
    Hi, im 17 and turn 18 in about 6 months. I ran away not too long ago and my parents didnt like it. They took down my door, put up cameras all over the house and they even changed the passcode to the door so that i am not allowed in without permission. I want to move out now but they wont let me because they're "fighting" for me. But just last week my mom completely destroyed my room and broke a lot of things. Yes she did clean it up but its the principle of she destroyed it in the first place. Im not happy at all here and i cant keep faking the fact that i dont want to be here. Ive already looked into emancipation and i tried going with my dad (who only has visitation) and he wasnt willing to fight for meto stay. So i was forced to come back and i dont know what to do. They also constantly hold over my head the fact that we live in a nice house and they always buy us all this stuff. I hate that. So please help me out.

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      Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. We understand that it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what is going on. It sounds like you are experiencing a tough situation at home. It must be difficult not having any privacy from your parents and having your personal belongings destroyed. It also seems that your mother does not want to give you permission to move out. We would like to inform you that we are not legal experts. However, the emancipation process can be lengthy. You may like to consider reaching out to a friend or extended family member to see if you could potentially stay with them for a while. You may also like to consider having another conversation with your mother to inform her of your concerns and feelings regarding being unhappy and wanting to move out.

      If you would like to further discuss your situation or would like more information, feel free to reach out to us directly as we are here as support to help through this challenging time. We can best help you by telephone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice on the forum to assist you. If you would like to talk more in detail, please call od chat us soon.

      We can be reached at -1800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).

      If you are at risk or any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.

      Be Safe,



      NRS

  • #29
    I turn 18 in 2 months and live in chipley Florida, my mom said i can leave today can i legally do so?

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    • ccsmod13
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      Hi there,

      Thank you for contacting us here at NRS. It sounds like you are considering leaving home and you may have parental consent to do so. Your legal guardian can technically control where you live until you turn 18. If your mother is your legal guardian and she gives you permission to live somewhere else then you would be able to do so. Your mother would still be legally responsible for you and would need to ensure you have a safe place to live.

      Your mother would have the right to rescind her permission at any time. In the event she does change her mind, she would have the option to report you as a runaway to the police. Running away is not illegal, but you may be returned home by police.

      We are available for immediate support by phone at 1-800-RUNAWAY and live chat at 1800runaway.org. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly if you would like to talk more about your situation.

      Be safe,
      NRS

  • #30
    Hi I am 17 years old I will be 18 in 21 days. I moved in with my dad three years ago and he has legal custody but I moved back in with my mom in Florida my father lives in Alabama. I want to leave because my parents say they are tired of me and can’t deal with me anymore all because I am a teenager. I am learning I’m going to make mistakes but they can’t just sit and scream at me. My dad says if I run away since he has autopsy legally that he can make the police send me back with him I am going to be 18 very soon if I run away will I get in trouble or can I stay with someone where I am safe?

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    • ccsmod5
      ccsmod5 commented
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      Hi there,

      Thanks for reaching out, we hope to help as best we can! 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. Since you would still technically be 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. (Since you are so close to being 18 there's a chance they won't actively look for you) 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. It may help to express to police that you do ot feel safe or comfortable in the home. 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.

      Other legal options are emancipation, being removed from the home due to abuse or neglect, and leaving with permission. We would not recommend emancipation as it can be a lengthy and pricey option that can sometimes take up to a year to be resolved by the courts, you'll likely be 18 before emancipation is granted. If you would like some resources anyway please reach out!

      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
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