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  • #31
    Hi, I stay in Tennessee. I was wondering what I could do to runaway/ getaway from the house I'm currently in. Being here makes me suicidal and depressed. I'm always locked in my room like a dog and I can't ever go anywhere. I've been mentally abused a lot of times and that's why I do the bad stuff I do, but they don't understand that. They won't let me live with anyone else and I can't get emancipated because I don't have a job because they won't let me work. I don't know what to do I just want to get out of here. (I'm only 16).

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    • ccsmod15
      ccsmod15 commented
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      Thank you for reaching out to us at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We are happy to help you and provide you with support during this time.



      It sounds like you’re in a difficult situation right now. You do not deserve to go through this, and you are not alone. We are always here for you if you want to talk and need someone who isn't going to judge you or tell you what to do.



      There are some shelters for minors in Tennessee, but you would need to contact us through either our website (www.1800runaway.org) or our 24 hour hotline (1-800-RUNAWAY) for a referral or you can email us at [email protected] and we can provide the referrals directly.



      If you would like more resources to answer any other questions you might have, don’t hesitate to reach out to NRS through our website or over the phone through our 24 hour hotline (1-800-RUNAWAY).



      Thank you again for reaching out to us. We are here 24/7 and have someone available to talk.



      Best,

      NRS

  • #32
    Am 14 year old male I live in Memphis tn I don’t know how to express my self though a text or chat… but I been having a lot of family problems am a non-citizen of the U.S and am saying this because I don’t know how this would work out if I ran away from home but I tried everything to a point where I feel like running oh away just not to be near my parent I don’t wanna keeping living like this nor with this family… I have no idea what to do I need help.

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    • ccsmod16
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      Hi there,

      Thanks so much for contacting us with your question. It sounds like you are dealing with a tough situation with your family. You were brave to reach out to us. It seems like you are wondering what the legal ramifications would be if you were to run away knowing that you are not a US citizen. We are not legal experts, but generally when someone runs away, parents can file a runaway report with local police for any minor, regardless of nationality. It’s hard to say exactly what they would happen in order to bring you back to your parents.

      Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat which is open every day from 4:30p to 11:30p CST and can be accessed here:

      Best,
      NRS

  • #33
    If a child is a runaway at 17 when they turn 18 what happens ? Like are they subjust yo jail time when they turn 18

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    • ccsmod15
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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. In answer to your question, from what we know if you are able to stay hidden until you turn 18 the runaway report becomes just a missing report, at which point police would not have the authority to bring you home. Also you would never be put in jail or juvie for simply running away as it is a status offence and not a criminal one.
      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

  • #34
    I am 15 and living in Tennessee, I have a bad home life however I don't have any proof besides witnesses and my mom has a lot of highend friends and lawyers. if I runaway when I am 17 and stop hiding when im 18. can I be charged once the police get incontact with me while im 18?

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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, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on at home. 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. Once you turn 18, your mom could file a missing person report on you, but you would no longer be considered a runaway and could legally choose where you want to live. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions.
      The easiest way to leave home is with your parents' 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 parents. 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.
      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 would like to look into further emotional support options, you can text with a crisis worker at the National Alliance on Mental Illness 24/7 by texting "NAMI" to 741741.
      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

  • #35
    Hi, I am 13 and I have been thinking about running away for awhile now. I just don't know where I would go or what I would do. I don't live close to any shelters or anything so u was thinking about going to live with my grandma for a few days. What should I do?

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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, like your grandma, 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

  • #36
    I'm 17 in dcs custody what happens if I run away from a level 2 facility and turn 18 before they find me

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    • ccsmod10
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      Hi there, it's good that you're thinking long-term; considering short term and long term consequences is good in any plan. We aren't legal experts, but the details of your particular situation might depend on what state you're in, and whether or not you have committed a crime. It is possible that when you turn 18 you are able to make the legal decision to live on your own. You might be able to receive more specific information if you call or live chat us (both completely confidential, no information shared is passed to anyone else) with more details: 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button). You can also contact the non-emergency number for your local law enforcement or legal aid to find out more about your rights.

  • #37
    im a minor. age 14 turning 15 in 2 months or less . my family is very mentally abusive . ive tried contacting the local police office about this. and they legit ignored it. because my father is a pastor at a church. and my mother is a doctor. and they are “well known”” my father is also a drunk. and has abused me physically before. my mother sexually harasses me. these are the reasons im thinking about running away. i dont know if they are valid reasons or not. but i believe so. i dont know much about running away. but i need to do this. do you have any tips. or a safe place for me to go. ive tried once before and my mom threatened to place me into Juvenile . then a mental hospital after i got out. please any advice at all will help

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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 sounds like you’re quite overwhelmed by things at home right now and 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.
      Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. You are not alone in this. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time.
      If you would like to talk more in detail please chat soon through our website www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button) if you are unable to call in. We unfortunately cannot give advice as we are non-directive. You know your situation best.
      We hope to hear from you soon.
      Be safe,
      NRS

  • #38
    Hey I'm 17 im in Tennessee trying to run away my parents and homelife are ******** my only question is that if I runaway and say on the street until I'm 18 will police or DCS still be able to take legal action or charge me until I turn 19 or would I be free from all of the nonsense at the point of turning 18

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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.
      To be frank, if you are under 18 leaving home without parental permission can be tricky. While running away is not illegal, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway which means that if you are caught you will have to return home. Also, those you stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. We are not legal experts, but we can guide you to legal resources in your area if you are interested if you chat or call us.
      We are here as support through this challenging time and we can best help by having a conversation with you either by phone on our hotline or chatting us through our website. We truly hope to hear from you soon so that we can listen and help.
      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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