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    My son ran from a detention center in Tennessee and his birthday is in one month and I am asking if he is still considered on the run once he turned 18.

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    Hi there, thanks for posting to our forum. It sounds like you care a lot about your son and want some help in what is best for him.

    Having a teenager run away must be extremely frightening for you! We want to be the best support for both you and your son. We are not legal experts, but from what we understand, 18 is the legal age in Tennessee and once your son turns 18 he can choose where to live. This means he is not considered a runaway and usually would not be returned home if police found him at age 18. However, his name may still appear on runaway lists unless you call and cancel once he is 18 or is found, so if you want his name taken off the list once he is an adult, you should be able to do so by calling your local police station where you filed the report to begin with.

    There is also a hotline called Team HOPE (help offering parents empowerment) run by the national center for missing children: 1-866-305-4673, All those who answer are parents of teens who have run away so they can serve as a support to you as well as provide your practical suggestions of how best to find your son and keep him home.

    Thank you again for reaching out and for supporting your son. We are here to help and support your both. Reach out anytime online via chat or on the phone: 1-800-RUNAWAY.
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

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