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    My brother is 16 going to be 17 in one month he is in an abusive house hold so bad he ran away 3days ago scared he called the cops and CPS...and they still sent him back to that house..when he turns 17 in the state of Texas can they still make him go back if he runs away again ?

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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
    I am 17 years old. My parents are always fighting and taking it out on me. The way they grab me and touch me is basically abuse in a way. I dont feel safe here. I dont feel like a belong at all. That may be a stupid reason but I wanna know if I can leave. I live in vidor Texas. I wanna know if the cops can do anything at all if I leave and move in with someone else.

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  • ccsmod8
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    Hello there –

    Thank you for reaching out to us here on our public forum. Hopefully by helping you through your crisis, there are others in similar situations that can find it helpful as well. It can be hard not to know what do to in this situation. Looking at your questions you can see that they have been answered a few times throughout this forum thread. So for more information please look through and read some of the other responds that we gave to the same or similar questions.

    Best of luck!

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    Guest replied
    I’m a 17 year old in Texas. Who wants to leave my home due to the fact that it’s emotionally and mentally unhealthy for me to stay here. I have a place to go but I don’t know if I’d be considered a runaway or missing persons? I don’t know the legal consequences for the person I’d stayed with?

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hello, thanks for reaching out. It sounds like you feel very unsafe at home and have tried to get help from multiple people but nothing has helped much. We are so sorry to hear that! You do not deserve any of the abuse you have had.
    We are not legal experts, but in general, unning away is not a crime but a status offense. This means that if police were to pick you up, they would return you to your parents’ home.
    There are often other factors in play that could change how things work for you. For instance, in some states, police won’t bother re-homing a young person who is almost a legal adult. In most states, that is age 18. That can be up to local police departments or even individual police officers to determine when and how to enforce those laws.
    When you live with an adult, like your friend’s parents, they can sometimes be guilty of a crime called “harboring a runaway” if they let you stay with them. It’s pretty rare that this crime gets charged, especially when you’re closer to 18 like you are. But it could be a risk you want to consider.
    If you have other questions, you might want to call your local police department and ask them how they handle situations like yours. If you prefer, you can call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY and we can call them for you. If you have any other questions, feel free to call us or start an online chat with us. We’re here 24/7, and we’re ready to listen and help however we can.

    Also, we understand CPS was not very helpful in the past when you reported the abuse. That is so disappointing! Child Help (1-800-422-4453 childhelp.org) is the national child abuse hotline, but they can help with more than reporting. They can safety plan, give you information on your rights or getting custody transferred if needed.

    You have shown a lot of strength in reaching out today! Thank you for your bravery!

    We are here 24/7 at 1-800-786-2929 and on live chat at the top of our website so reach out anytime!

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    Hi, I'm 17 years old and need to leave home. I've been in a emotionally abusive and sometimes physically abusive home most my life. The relationship I have with my mother is very toxic, CPS has been involved but they never help me, they mandated therapy because I have a history of being suicidal due to the abuse I suffer from my mother. I've spoken to my therapist and my situation isn't getting any better no matter what anyone tries. I need to leave home, but I'm worried that anyone who helps me would be in trouble with the law, because I've tried to leave and my mom always says when I step out the door she's calling the cops, although she herself has said almost daily "If you don"t like it here then ********ing leave". She has kicked me out but anytime I actually try to leave after she says "Pack your bags and get the ******** out of my house" she goes crazy and threatens to call the cops, completely contradicting herself. At this point I'm leaving anyway but I just need to know if I could stay with a friend for a few days while I figure out where to go.

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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 going on. If the girl you are talking about feels unsafe at home she has the right to report it to Child Protective Services. She can get more information by going to childhelp.org or calling 800-422-4453. Of course, it may be beneficial if she reaches out to us directly. We can be reached by calling 1-800-RUNAWAY or via chat by clicking on the chat link at the top of our home page.

    Stay safe,
    NRS

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    I know a 17-year-old girl who tried to leave home and stay with her boyfriend and his parents because she is being mentally abused at home. The girls’ mother and step-dad called the police and filed a runaway report. This 17-year-old girl called the police for help and the police did absolutely nothing except take her right back to the horrible home that she tried to get away from. Her stepdad is selling and smoke marijuana. Her mother was just as bad as he was. Who is listening to the 17-year-old girls and boys who desperately need help???

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  • ccsmod1
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    Hey there,

    Thanks so much for contacting us, it takes a lot of courage to reach out and share your story. 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 mom 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 to your mom. If you go to stay at your boyfriend's house without prior permission from your mom, he could be charged with harboring a runaway, which is a misdemeanor. Penalties for harboring a runaway vary from state to state, police officer to officer, and how your mom views the situation.

    You mentioned that something might happen with your mom if you continue to see your boyfriend. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. If any harm or abuse is happening at home, you have the right to report it. 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. It may also be a good idea to explore options for staying with another family member or someone you trust as far as transferring custody.

    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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    Guest replied
    Im 17 years old and I would like to spend time with my boyfriend which I can’t becuase I’m afraid. He’s 21 and my mom does not aprove of the relationship but I do not want to runaway due to reason being I’m afraid something will happen. Will there be any legal consequences ??

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  • ccsmod1
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    Hey there,

    Thanks so much for contacting us, it takes a lot of courage to reach out and share your story. It must be really hard to live in a home where you are treated like you are less than. 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 grandma 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 to your grandma. It's worth noting that if you do have someone to stay with in mind and the authorities locate you at their house they can be charged with harboring a runaway, which is a misdemeanor. Penalties for harboring a runaway vary from state to state, police officer to officer, and how your grandma views the situation.

    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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    Guest replied
    I'm a 16 year old person turning 17 next month. I have graduated high school and I have a full-time job. I live with my grandmother and I cannot stand it. She treats me like I'm nothing. And I deal with a lot of emotional issues. I have a place to stay. It's safe. I have my job. Would I be able to leave once I turn 17?

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  • ccsmod7
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    Hi there, thanks for reaching out today. Sounds like you are in a really difficult situation and your dad is trying to take you away from your mom. That sounds so hurtful. Here at NRS, we truly want to be a support for you.

    If you can, you might try to talk to your mom about what is going on. If she has any custody rights, she might be able to intervene.

    We are not legal experts here but we can speak in general terms. 18 years old is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian. If you leave home without permission, your dad 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, police could respond a variety of different ways due to your age, your current trouble with the law, and whether or not your are at your mom's and if she has any rights. It is possible there could be additional legal consequences for you if you are currently on probation. It is also possible that due to your age, they might not actively look for you as a runaway. 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 do not hesitate to call or chat if you have questions, need resources, or need to talk. We can explore your situation, go over all your options, and come up with a plan and resources to deal with your situation over the phone or on live chat.

    We are looking forward to hearing from you soon, and wish you the best of luck.

    1-800-RUNAWAY; www.1800runaway.org

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    Guest replied
    Im 17 and have 1 year left and I want to run away because of my dad and hes trying to take am away from my mom what could I do and plus I am introuble with the law could I get in trouble

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