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    I’m 17 years old and live in Massachusetts. I’ll be graduated in June and I’ll be 18 in July. I was with a foster parent with my boyfriends family but she turned out to me a psycho ********** and made me come back here to the the group home. Is there some way I could get her in trouble ? I mean I’ve seen her drive drunk a lot and with her girlfriends baby in the car. She also lied to dcf and said she wasn’t related to my boyfriend in any way and made me lie about the fact my boyfriends sister did not lived with her. I also came back to her house with all my stuff on the side of the street, I mean that can’t be allowed. She barely even talked to me and then she pulled that crap. All I know is she is really messed up and shouldn’t be allowed to be a foster parent anymore and definitely shouldn’t be trusted driving her kids around after partying and drinking. Also I am scheduled to start college July 10th but I’m not 18 until July 20th. I want to run away from this group home when I graduate in a month, could I get arrested? Or get in trouble with the college i want to go to? I’m waiting to leave till I get my diploma so I don’t mess with college. Please tell me what I could do about my ex foster mom and about running away from here

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    Hello there,
    Thanks for reaching out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline.
    We’re so sorry to hear about all that is happening to you. You don’t deserve to be treated this way. We’re sorry there are dangerous things happening on the part of your foster parent. It sounds like things are really frustrating right now.
    We’re not legal experts here. However, anything you think is neglect or abuse can be reported to Child Protective Services or the Department of Children and Families. If you want to make a report, please visit www.childhelp.org for more information. Drunk driving and lying to officials could be considered a violation.
    Leaving your home before you’re 18 years old could result in the police getting involved. Running away isn’t a crime, so it’s hard to say if you’ll be arrested. We’re not legal experts, but typically the police would bring you back home if you’re found. Sometimes, if you’re staying with someone else as a runaway, the person that’s letting you live with them could be charged with “harboring a runaway”. You could call your local police non-emergency number to inquire about leaving home before you’re 18, as sometimes the police won’t do anything if you’re graduated from school or very close to being 18. We can help make this call with you if you’re unsure or uncomfortable making it yourself. All you’d have to do is call us here at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929).
    We’re available here 24/7. We’d love to hear from you to discuss this in more detail. We’d also be willing to help you call the police if you’re thinking you’d like help doing that too.
    All the best,
    NRS
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    • #3
      Hi my name is peaches William's I am 16 year old I live with my mom since I was 2 weeks or 3weeks old until I turn 16.my mom wants to send me to a group home because she feel like I dont pay attention in school and honestly I will say school is not for me.I was suppose to be leaving today February 1 at 11:00 today.but I feel like running away I just cant do it

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      • ccsmod1
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        Hey Peaches,

        Thanks so much for contacting us, it takes a lot of courage to reach out and share your story. It sounds like a lot has been going on; you’re really strong to have dealt with them for such a long time. Running away is a big decision and it can be very stressful to figure out what you want to do.

        It’s important to consider all the possibilities that can occur if you leave home. You will need to plan out how you will cover basic necessities like travel, food, clothing, etc. If you have a place to go in mind, it’s good to see what the expectations of the living arrangement will be like; rules, the amount of time you’re allowed to stay, if you’re expected to contribute financially, etc. This can all influence your decision to leave.

        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.

        All the best,
        NRS

    • #4
      I've been having a lot of problems with my father he has been trying to get me locked up in juvie and called all types of police and officers on me . He won't let me leave the house and he's just driving me insane both him and his wife( stepmom) I don't know what's to do or how to get out of this situation need help

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      • ccsmod10
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        You mentioned wanting to know how you can leave home . The easiest way to leave home is with your guardian's 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 dad. 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.

        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

    • #5
      I want leave this group
      home i am sick being here my case works are not helping me get out here i realy need to leave

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      • ccsmod15
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        Hello,

        Thank you for reaching out to us. We are so sorry to hear that you have had a challenging time with your caseworker and at your group home. It sounds like you’re interested in leaving your group home and, although we’re not legal experts, we’ll do our best to share general information that might help.

        What you can do really depends on the kind of issues you’re having at your group home. If you have concerns about your safety at the group home, organizations like Child Help, available by phone at 1-800-422-4453, or at www.childhelp.org , can help you identify your local child protective services agency. If you leave the group home without consent, whomever is responsible for your care can report you as a runaway with the local police station. We’re not legal experts, but from what we know, it’s technically not illegal to run away, but it is considered a status offense in some states. While it may not be illegal for you to run away, anyone that houses a runaway minor may be charged with harboring a runaway or aiding and abetting a minor. If running away is something you’re considering, it may help to reach out to your local police station at their non-emergency number to get more information on how they handle reports. If your concerns are not related to your safety, it may help to explore what your caseworker might be able to do to help with that. Depending on the issue you’re having with your caseworker, it may be appropriate to talk to his or her supervisor to help address whatever is going on at the group home that makes you want to leave. Whatever you decide, know that we will do our best to support you, and encourage you to reach out to us by phone or chat if you’d like to talk more about your situation.

        Please know that we are here for you. We won’t tell you what to do, but we’ll do our best to help you stay as safe as possible as you explore your options. You can reach us 24/7 by phone at 1.800.RUNAWAY (786.2929) or by chat at our website https://www.1800runaway.org/ . We’re here to listen, here to help. Stay safe!

        -NRS

    • #6
      Any advice on where I should go after leave tomorrow

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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. 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. We can discuss some of your options, such as possible youth shelters in your area.
        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

    • #7
      I gave my group home 30 day notice they won’t let me move out my group home wants my boyfriend to be arresting him for kidnapping me is not kidnapped

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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. 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).
        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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