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  • #31
    Hi I’m 18 already and I was in a case in cps & I was a runaway at 16 years old, & never returned back can I contact my case worker so I can get my personal Information such as birth certificate & I.D without having to worry about legal actions


    • ccsmod10
      ccsmod10 commented
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      It can depend on the state you live in. In most, yes, you can.

      You can google search " 'your state' age of majority" to learn the age of majority in your state (the age at which you can legally live on your own). If it is 18, there shouldn't be any negative consequences to contacting your caseworker. If it is 19 or higher, they might try to arrange a way to get you back into transitional-age foster care, but they also might not.

      You can call us at 1800RUNAWAY or live chat us at if you'd like to discuss things more.

  • #32
    I'm a runaway juvenile but I wanna go back to school. I'm on the run from foster care and I don't wanna go back. I'll be 18 in 6 months and I wanna try to go back to school in August. But if I do it'll flag and I don't have any of my records or anything. So what do I do? Do I wait until I'm 18 or is there something I can do that'll keep me uncover and still in school?


    • ccsmod1
      ccsmod1 commented
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      Hi there,

      Thank you for reaching out to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We are sorry to hear about the circumstances and that you do not wish to return to foster care. It sounds like school is valuable to you and we are glad to hear that you would like to go back. First and foremost, we hope that where you are is safe. Please know that we are not law experts, but we unfortunately do not know how it would be possible to enroll in school and remain incognito. We could certainly talk further with you about this and we welcome you to reach out directly through our online chat portal, found on our website at or by giving us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY. We could talk more in-depth about the situation and utilize our resources to provide you viable support.

      Wishing you health, safety, and peace.

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