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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 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,
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

    National Runaway Safeline
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      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 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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        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,
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